The Cougars’ hopes of a state title this spring in boys’ lacrosse is well on its way. Quince Orchard has started the season, 7-1, with an average of 12.3 goal margin of victory in their seven wins. The Jaguars have had a tough schedule to open up their season, but can get back to a .500 record with a win over one-win Clarksburg this week.
In the middle of Quince Orchard’s hot start was a demolishing win over rival Northwest, where they won 20 to 2. Star attack and Colgate commit Jake Christensen scored the Cougars’ first four goals five minutes into the game, and the Cougars never looked back.
Christensen finished with a total of 9 points: six goals and three assists. Senior Troy Porter had six goals, and senior Tyler Milwit had one goal and four assists. Seniors Cory Hathaway and Hunter Thompson each had a goal for the Jaguars.
Although the Cougars have a lot of talented seniors leading them, head coach David Heiney Gonzalez says the biggest surprise of the season so far is “the development and skill of our younger players.” For the Cougars to continue to be a top team in the state for years to come, the mentoring relationship the Cougar players have between seniors and underclassmen needs to continue.
“We have goals that we want to achieve by the end of the season and know that there are many games yet to play,” said Gonzalez. “We know as a team that we do not have control over the ranking. We have control over how well we prepare, practice and play.”
The Cougars look to add on to their win total this Thursday against 5-1 Magruder, who should give them a fight.
Although the Jaguars took a beating from the Cougars, they did not let the negative energy transfer to their next game. Fresh off of Spring Break, the Jaguars defeated the Gaithersburg Trojans 13 to 6, led by five goals by Hunter Thompson.
After getting through the toughest part of their schedule, they look to return to .500 this Thursday against Clarksburg. “We hope to beat some teams that overlook our program,” said Thompson.
On the girls’, side, the Cougars are also off to a hot start, as they have won five out of the team’s first six games. The Lady Jaguars are still looking for their first win of the season, but have played very hard and gave the Cougars a run for their money, losing in an instant classic 7 to 5.
For the Cougars, Morgan Avissar and Brooke Saffer each scored two goals. Avissar added an assist as well. The Jaguars played their best game all season against the Cougars, and hope that they can improve from their strong effort.
The Jaguars are looking to get their first win of the season this Wednesday at home against Clarksburg. The Cougars are looking to get win number six against rival Magruder on Thursday.