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Rosemary Hills Lacrosse Club is more than a program and all about the kids

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SILVER SPRING – The gym door at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center burst open, and a gaggle of children came swarming through.

One little boy, clad in a red Tshirt and khaki shorts, skipped toward a large duffel bag and shouted, “Yes! Yes! My favorite game!”

Tiny lacrosse sticks were pulled out of several duffel bags. Goggles to protect the eyes were strapped around every head. Colorful, decorated nametags hung on long strings around each child’s neck.

This is the Rosemary Hills Lacrosse Club.

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Madlax lacrosse tournament features teams from around the county

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POOLESVILLE – Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of one of the biggest youth tournaments on the East Coast.

The Madlax 2017 Capital Classic Lacrosse Tournament at Polo Grounds at Summerhill Farm featured teams from across the United States including Texas, Georgia, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania.

“We had a great, great event,” said Tournament Director Coleman Walsh. “It was far better in terms of just the flow of the days and all the parents and families were incredibly happy.”

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Terrapin lacrosse players receive awards while Landon athlete honored posthumously

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WASHINGTON — The 17th Annual Tewaaraton Awards for lacrosse were dominated by the University of Maryland Terrapins men’s and women’s players Thursday evening at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian.

Star senior attacker Matt Rambo and senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg received honors while Landon alumnus Mario St. George Boiardi received an award posthumously.

Among the numerous awards, honors and speeches, Rambo and Stukenberg of the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship-winning Terrapins shined brightest. They took home the major honors in a format similar to the Heisman Trophy.

The late Boiardi, a Landon High School alumnus and Cornell University class of 2004 alumnus, received The Spirit of Tewaaraton Award.

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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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Churchill boys blow past Quince Orchard in LAX regionals

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xChurchill vs QO LAX 1b 201700517Churchill's Merrick Willeford wins another faceoff against Quince Orchard.                        PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG—The MPSSAA Boys Lacrosse Regional Finals at Gaithersburg High School on Wednesday evening matched County powerhouses with identical 16-1 records, the Churchill Bulldogs and the Quince Orchard Cougars, with the Bulldogs scoring a convincing 16-4 victory.

“Churchill was a very good team. They played very hard. It doesn’t diminish that our guys set a school record for wins in a season. We’ve had a great group of guys…But hats off to Jeff, his coaching staff and players who came out and played very well”, said Cougars head coach David Gonzalez.

Bulldogs head coach Jeff Fritz said, “…We thought it was going to be a close-knit game but our kids came out, played very well, executed the game plan.”

Bulldogs senior goalie Alex Crombie explained the difference between tonight’s win and last Monday’s win of the Whitman Vikings, saying, “Offensively, the start tonight was the antithesis of what Monday was. We clicked immediately…that’s not to say we didn’t come out with a lot of energy. We did…”

Bulldogs senior attacker Spencer Knife (2 goals) said of the keys to tonight’s game, “Doing the small things right. The whole year we’ve had issues doing the little things right. We kind of have the big picture…scooping through ground balls. Getting to the right spots on clears. The little X’s and O’s stuff. So, focus on the small things. The key components fell into place.”

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Bulldogs crush Vikings in LAX playoffs 10-3

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xChurchill Bulldogs vs. Whitman Vikings LAX 2bChurchill’s Ryan Leonard (5) goes for the goal as Whitman defenders move to intercept.    PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

After a close three quarters, the Churchill Bulldogs boys varsity lacrosse team (15-1) lambasted the Whitman Vikings (11-4), 10-3 in the MPPSSA regional semifinals at Churchill Stadium on Monday evening.

Bulldogs junior attacker Ryan Leonard (3 goals) said of the win, “We always have a chip on our shoulder playing against Whitman. They’re our rivals. So, we knew we wanted to come in and win.”

Bulldogs senior goalie Alex Crombie credited the win on the Bulldogs’ team energy, saying, “We all came out just as we would in a playoff game. Against Wootton we came out with a lot of energy. Tonight was no different. It mostly started on the defensive end. We brought a lot of energy. Although our offense had a slow start. I thought the energy resonated. They picked up as the game went on. They feed off it. A lot of our success came off the energy we had.”

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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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Magruder boys lacrosse edge out Jaguars in sudden death

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DSC 5471Danny Scott lifts Jimmy Hasemann celebrating Hasemann's second of six goals in Magruder’s 10-9 win over Northwest in round 2 of the 3A/4A playoffs. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

GAITHERSBURG—In a stunning sudden death upset, the Magruder Colonels varsity boys lacrosse team (8-7) scored a power play goal at the 1:20 mark of OT by senior attacker Jimmy Hasemann (5 goals) to seal a 2017 MPSSAA 3A/4A playoffs victory over the Northwest Jaguars (12-4), 10-9.

Hasemann explained the goal, saying, “We were a man up. So, we broke off from our regular set. We were going to run a man from X. We were just looking for feeds. We had a lot of cutters. I just cut down and it was there. He fed me…It was great.”

Scoring six goals during the game, Hasemann was the key player for this victorious Colonels squad.

Colonels head coach Greg Lyons said of Hasemann, “More of what we expect from him all year. A heck of a leader. A heck of a guy. Just as much as his on-field play, his off-field enthusiasm, always staying positive, keeping the guys into it. That’s something the guys always expect from him.”

Hasemann was overjoyed with the win, saying, “It feels great. It was back and forth the entire time. Finally, coming out with the ‘W’, amazing feeling. It was great.”

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Landon defeats Bullis for IAC championship

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xLandon v. Bullis IAC 1bBullis’ Michael Chiararmonte (6), faces off against Landon’s Justin Shockey (19) on the dot. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA—Considered this season the best team in the nation for boys varsity high school lacrosse, the Landon Bears (21-0) completed an undefeated season and IAC Championship, soundly defeating the Bullis Bulldogs (18-3), 18-7 at Landon High School on a rainy Friday afternoon.

The game could not have started off worse for the Bears. The Bulldogs scored at the 9:34 and 7:34 marks to take a 2-0 lead. This would be the high point for the Bulldogs.

Over the next 12 minutes, the Bears would score nine unanswered goals, never looking back. Complete domination was the name of the game for the Bears.

Bulldogs head coach Jeff Bellistri said, “First three or four minutes went Bullis’ way. That’s about it. Then Landon played to a level we couldn’t match...”

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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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