The Quince Orchard boys lacrosse team enjoyed an 11-4 victory over Walter Johnson (WJ) on Tuesday, raising their season record to 7-4 and leaving them battling with Richard Montgomery for top seed in their section. The Cougars have a perfect 6-0 record in their league, Montgomery County 4A West.
Individual statistics for the game were not available at press time.
For the season, Brandon Kelly is the Cougars’ leading goal scorer with 32 goals, while Julian Culp has 26 and Johnny Hodges 23. Match Hanson has been the top playmaker with 12 assists to match his 12 goals.
The QO girls, meanwhile, lost to WJ, 18-9, dropping their record to 5-6. Freshman Emma Christensen led the Lady Cougars with four goals and junior captain Lauren Ransing had three. Christensen, who plays attack and midfield, also had two assists, including one on what Coach Carly Stefanelli described as a “beautiful goal” by sophomore Lyla Kim. Jordyn Mensh scored the other QO goal.
Christensen is the team’s leading scorer with 41 goals for the season while Ransing, who plays center midfield, has 34.
The girls lost ground in the battle for top seed in the sectional playoffs, bunched with Gaithersburg, Richard Montgomery and Wootton.
“We have some tough competition to close out our season but it is a great way to prepare for playoffs,” said Stefanelli. “We are working to get better every day and have a strong end to our season. We are ready for playoffs, and I think this team has what it takes to make it far.”
Other key players for the Lady Cougars have been senior captains Zoe Stathes (midfield) and Mallory Rosenfeld (defense). They and fellow senior Chiara Simone were honored at the game’s senior night observance.