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Churchill boys LAX lose heartbreaker to Severna Park in 4A state championship

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Severna Park High School's Colin Shadowens (14) and Winston Churchill High School's Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball after a face off during the Boys Class 4A Lacrosse Final played at Stevenson University in Owings Mill on Wednesday, May 22, 2018. The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker 8-7 in overtime to Severna Park High School, repeating the outcome of last year's final.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHThe Severna Park Falcons' Colin Shadowens (14) and Churchill Bulldogs' Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball during a face-off in the 4A state championship game played Wednesday in Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University. The Bulldogs would lose a heartbreaker to the Falcons 8-7 in overtime, repeating last year's outcome. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHOWINGS MILLS – The rematch. The almost perfect season. Trailing early, leading late. One overtime period, one final Severna Park goal and the heartbreaking sting of defeat. One team with the county’s eyes upon it, still waiting for its first lacrosse state championship.

There wasn’t much else Churchill could have done Wednesday to secure a victory. The Bulldogs strode into Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University as an undefeated team that still had something to prove, even after three finals appearances in four years.

Churchill gave the two-time defending champion Falcons a rough ride, beating Severna Park in face-offs, total shots and groundballs. In the end, with a late goal reminiscent of last year’s walk-off winner, sophomore Michael Harmeyer raised his stick over his head and gave Severna Park its eighth lacrosse championship in school history by a score of 8-7.

A few Bulldogs sat on the field in stunned silence as the Falcons wildly rejoiced, sticks and helmets flying through the air.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

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Whitman girls LAX team loses to Dulaney in state semifinals

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Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to score.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to attempt to get a goal past Dulaney goalie Jules Dotterweich. The Whitman Vikings would come up short against the Dulaney Lions (24), losing the semifinals game 12-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — The Whitman Vikings varsity girls lacrosse team fell short against the Dulaney Lions in the 4A state semifinals Saturday, losing by a score of 12-6 at John H. Harvill Stadum at Gaithersburg High School.

The loss was an unceremonious ending to a dominant season that featured the Vikings steamrolling most of their opponents. Whitman entered the game with just one loss against Sherwood in a double-overtime thriller earlier this month.

At first, it appeared as though the match would be a close one since the Lions had an answer every time the Vikings scored. Senior Maddy Kostopulos and junior Hanna Freund both registered a team-high two goals. Kostopulos was the first player to put Whitman on the board when she fired in her first goal unassisted just two minutes in.

Dulaney junior Zoe Hermann gave the Lions their first lead midway through the first half and Dulaney never looked back. The Vikings attackers drove toward the net again and again but senior goalie and McDaniel College soccer commit Jules Dotterweich denied goal after goal.

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Undefeated Churchill boys LAX team wallops Howard, heads to states

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Churchill Bulldogs' Reed Moshyedi (3) leaps over an opponent while keeping his focus on the goal in the game against the Howard Lions. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Churchill Bulldogs' Reed Moshyedi (3) leaps over an opponent while keeping his focus on the goal in the game against the Howard Lions. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — “We’ve got one more.”

That was the phrase that was repeated over and over in the Churchill Bulldogs varsity boys lacrosse team’s post-game huddle Saturday after the undefeated Bulldogs walloped the Howard Lions (16-2) at John H. Harvill Stadum at Gaithersburg High School in the 4A state semifinals, 14-4.

“We’ve got one more.”

One more game. One more shot at avenging last year’s loss and beating Severna Park. One more chance to go down in history as the first Montgomery County team to win a lacrosse state championship.

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Girls LAX game between Bullis and Sidwell Friends suspended

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Halle Magruder of Bullis takes aim and fires this first half goal after splitting the Sidwell Friends defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis' Halle Magruder takes aim, firing a first half goal after splitting Sidwell Friends defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — Monday’s highly anticipated girls lacrosse matchup between Bullis and Sidwell Friends was suspended with 9:50 remaining in the first quarter due to severe weather.

The ISL-A Championship was postponed until Wednesday; Bullis held a 9-0 lead when play was halted.

Bullis scored on Starr Howard’s goal with 19 minutes remaining to take a 1-0 lead. Maddie Ugaz, Sarah Labovitz, Julia Gilbert and Kate Morris also scored goals as the Bulldogs dominated the contest before the game was stopped.

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Lady Wildcats hold off Churchill LAX team for 11th straight win

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Sierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson fights the Churchill Defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a 2nd half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson battles Churchill defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a second half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win.                  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — Several lacrosse sticks were thrown high up into the air as the buzzer signaled the end of the game. The Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity girls lacrosse team had just held on against a second half Churchill surge to beat the visiting Bulldogs 10-8 Friday in the 4A West Section 1 semifinals.

It was the second time this season that the Wildcats had hosted the Bulldogs, and both times the Wildcats escaped with a narrow victory. This time, however, it was Churchill that came from behind to score four unanswered goals to tie the game.

Churchill junior attacker Elizabeth Hsu earned three of her game-high five goals in the first half. In fact, she was the only Bulldog to score at all in the first period.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats were on a roll as six different players got the ball past Churchill’s goalie to give Walter Johnson a comfortable 7-3 lead going into the half.

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Bullis girls LAX team beat Quince Orchard on Senior Night

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Maqui Carillo of Bullis fires this goal against the Quince Orchard defense. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis' Maqui Carillo fires a goal against Quince Orchard's defense.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK POTOMAC — The Bullis Bulldogs girls varsity lacrosse team celebrated Senior Night on Saturday by registering a 20-10 victory over the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars.

Maddie Ugaz (Virginia Tech), Starr Howard (William and Mary), Sydney Schwartz (Maryland), Sabrina Hosmer (Clemson), Kate Morris (Syracuse), Maqui Carrillo (Mount St. Mary’s) and Kylie Rau (Maryland) all helped Bullis defeat their public school rival in a battle of two of the county’s top girls lacrosse programs.

“We have seven talented seniors that have been in the program for a long time so we wanted to celebrate them,” said Bullis head coach Kathleen Lloyd, “and the girls were really pumped up for the game to celebrate and they just played really well as a team.”

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Watkins Mill boys LAX team defeats Wheaton on Senior Night

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Watkins Mill's Aemi Abdelrahman (12) and Wheaton's J.R. Magluyan (20) battle for the draw. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKWatkins Mill's Aemi Abdelrahman (12) and Wheaton's J.R. Magluyan (20) battle for the draw. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  MONTGOMERY VILLAGE — Wheaton had no answer for Watkins Mill on Senior Night.

The Watkins Mill Wolverines varsity boys lacrosse team overcame an early deficit en route to a 6-3 victory Friday over the Wheaton Knights.

After a scoreless first quarter, JC Garay netted a goal with 10:28 remaining in the second period to put the Knights ahead, 1-0.

However, Watkins Mill received consecutive goals from Joseph Clark, Chris Crews and Selom Kalin-Samlan to take a 3-1 lead early in the third quarter.

“Winning on Senior Night is always huge,” said Watkins Mill head coach Max Bero. “I feel like we were playing a little distracted at the beginning and I like that we were able to at least maintain the aggressiveness. We didn’t let the distraction get in our head. We didn’t let the fact that Wheaton scored early get in our head. We were able to keep pushing and push past that to find success in the third quarter.”

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Undefeated Sherwood girls hand Whitman its first loss in lacrosse

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CN9A2120aWhitman’s Julia Curran (12) gets her shot on goal blocked by Sherwood’s High School's Emily St.Laurent (12). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  SANDY SPRING — Two undefeated teams. Two overtime periods. One last-second Anna Lippy goal in double overtime to claim Sherwood’s eleventh win of the season.

Whenever the Sherwood Warriors and Whitman Vikings varsity girls lacrosse teams play each other, it usually results in a close, aggressive game and Tuesday was no different as the Warriors returned the favor from last season and defeated the visiting Vikings 11-10 at Caruso Memorial Stadium.

The game was Sherwood’s last at home before the playoffs. Both teams played with a level of intensity that is to be expected late in the season against two squads who had run through everyone else on their schedule. The referees stayed busy doling out yellow cards for illegal hits and plays that resulted in the Warriors being down two players heading into overtime.

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Churchill boys improve to 10-0 after throttling RM in LAX

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Churchill attacker Brady Altobello (27) fires a third period goal between two Richard Montgomery defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKChurchill attacker Brady Altobello (27) fires a third period goal between two Richard Montgomery defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The undefeated Churchill Bulldogs boys varsity lacrosse team improved to 10-0 Friday after steamrolling the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets 18-7 in Shepherd Stadium at Danver Field.

The dominant victory was a fitting end to the Bulldogs’ celebratory evening. In addition to hosting Senior Night and Community Night, Churchill honored head coach Jeff Fritz’s 25 years at the helm of the boys lacrosse program by presenting him with a plaque before the game.

The pregame festivities seemed to energize the Bulldogs, who wasted no time getting on the board in the first quarter and didn’t ease up offensively as the game progressed. Senior attacker and Christopher Newport commit Brady Altobello set the tone for the rest of the night when he slammed in his first of three goals just 16 seconds into the game.

It appeared as though Churchill’s game plan was to score hard and to score often. The Bulldogs registered five goals in as many minutes and six different Churchill players scored in the first quarter as the Rockets reeled.

“I was really happy with the way we came out with a lot of intensity,” said Fritz. “We have a lot of respect for Richard Montgomery and we know they’re good, so we wanted to make sure we didn’t allow them to have any momentum. We wanted to come out early and get things rolling our way.”

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Landon boys narrowly defeat archrival G. Prep in LAX, 6-5

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Landon’s Joey Epstein (1) makes his move to intercept Georgetown Prep’s Jake Giulieri (8) who’s on his way to his fourth goal of the game.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK Landon’s Joey Epstein (1) makes his move to intercept Georgetown Prep’s Jake Giulieri (8) who’s on his way to his fourth goal of the game. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  NORTH BETHESDA — The visiting Landon Bears met the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas on the gridiron Friday in the latest installment of the area’s top boys lacrosse rivalry.

Landon senior Joey Epstein scored four goals to lead the Bears to a 6-5 road victory over the Little Hoyas.

“I don’t care what the sport is,” said Landon head coach Rob Bordley, “whenever Landon plays Prep, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, it’s going to be a dogfight.”

That was evident as Landon rallied from a 1-0 deficit early to take a 3-2 lead into intermission.

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