Quince Orchard’s boys’ lacrosse team found themselves in a familiar position against a familiar opponent in this year’s state playoffs, making it to the regional finals against longtime nemesis Churchill. But for the third time in the past four years, the Cougars fell to Churchill, 20-5, to end their season.
“Churchill was a very good team,” QO lacrosse coach David Heiney Gonzalez said of the Churchill team that made it to the state finals before losing in the championship game to Severna Park. “While we started real slow (falling behind 13-3 at halftime), I was proud how the team came together and rallied themselves to finish strong.”
The Cougars finished with a 10-7 record in a season marked by streaks. They compiled a six-game winning streak that carried them through midseason before dropping four in a row to tough opponents Churchill, Whitman, Bullis and DeMatha. Then they won their last three going into the regional showdown with Churchill.
“This was a team that improved immensely from the beginning of the season while overcoming injuries and obstacles,” said Gonzalez. “It was a team that grew together and rallied behind our seniors and captains.”
Three Cougars were named to the all-county squad compiled by the Montgomery County Lacrosse Coaches Association: midfielders Johnny Hodges (a junior) and Match Hanson (a senior) and defenseman Brendan McGonagle (a junior).
The Cougar baseball team also made it to the regional finals but lost an extra-inning heartbreaker as Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) scored a walk-off run in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 2-1 victory.
QO scored its only run in the second, and pitcher Garrett Beloff preserved the lead masterfully, not giving up a hit until the fourth inning and allowing B-CC’s first run in the fifth.
The Cougars finished with a record of 13-8, including a seven-game win streak heading into the playoffs before they lost their regular season final to B-CC by the same 2-1 score.