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Churchill narrowly loses LAX championship game to Severna Park

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xChurchill vs. Severna Park LAX FINAL 1While Churchill’s Merrick Willeford (right) won most of his faceoffs, it was not enough to prevent a narrow defeat by Severna Park for the 4A state championship. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER OWINGS MILLS — Despite the best efforts of the Churchill Bulldogs (19-2) in a tight, back-and-forth game, it was not enough to stand in the way of a stunning comeback by the Severna Park Falcons (21-0) in the game’s final moments at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium on May 25. Instead, the Falcons earned a second straight 4A boys lacrosse state title, with the final score 7-6.

“Fantastic game,” said Bulldogs head coach Jeff Fritz. “Couldn’t ask anything more from a state championship. The game went back and forth but unfortunately we couldn’t make enough plays to come out on the victor’s side. But I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished this year and everything our men have done for us. So, we’re very proud.”

Falcons head coach Dave Earl said, “…hats off to Churchill. What a really good team. Extremely well coached. Great game plan against us…really took advantage of their opportunities. Their game plan — to slow it down — really took us out of our run-and-gun style. I thought Jeff, their team, did a great job.”

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Seneca Valley hosts last home game before rebuilding

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xKnights vs. SV Eagles LAX 3Seneca's Jamus Jupin faces off against Wheaton's Delantae Henderson-Feist.                 PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

GERMANTOWN — In the early game, the rain held off and the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles girls varsity lacrosse team (1-7) picked up its first win of the season in a dramatic 6-5 win over the Wheaton Knights (4-6), while in the night cap, the rain came down as the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles boys varsity lacrosse team (0-11) remained winless, losing to the Wheaton Knights (2-10) 14-4 at Seneca Valley field on Thursday evening.

The Seneca Valley field referred to as Death Valley, home to the Eagles since the 1970s, hosted its last games as the whole school will be rebuilt including the field.

For Seneca Valley girls’ lacrosse, the team was pleased that the final game for these Eagles was a win.

Eagles girls head coach Lindsay Harris said of the win, “At halftime, we also came together as a team and talked about how this was going to be the last lacrosse game played on this field. We wanted to win for our seniors. And all of the underclassmen really came together and said we need to come out full intensity and be ready to go. Said that this last game played on this field be a win for this school.”

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Landon proves too much for Prep

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MPI LvPrepLAX 0187 EditedLandon’s Joseph Epstein (1) is beset by Hoyas James Giulieri (8), and Peter Virostek (30). PHOTO BY MARK POETKERBETHESDA – Georgetown Prep simply had no answer for Landon on Friday afternoon.

The Bears captured a 13-7 victory over the Little Hoyas on Triplett Field at Bordley Stadium to remain unbeaten.

“There’s something special about coming on this field and playing Prep,” said Landon junior attack Gilbert Sentimore, who finished with two goals and two assists to help the Bears improve to 16-0. “Lots of alums on both sides and our coach [Rob Bordley] always reads us emails about alums saying they’d give anything to be back here on this field again.”

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R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

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xRM vs Blake Boys Lacrosse 1Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted.

The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.

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Damascus boys start off with convincing victory over Poolesville

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POOLESVILLE – The Damascus varsity boys’ lacrosse team kicked the 2017 season off with a bang on Tuesday after defeating Poolesville, 12-9.

Hornets junior midfielder Ryan Lawrence and sophomore attackman Nick Mohardt both made their presence felt on opening night by breaking through Poolesville defenders for multiple goals.

Lawrence finished the evening with a game-high four goals. Mohardt wasn’t far behind as he contributed a hat trick of his own.

The score was tied up at two goals apiece by the end of the first quarter. The Hornets, however, were just getting warmed up.

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