The season didn’t end the way they had hoped. Quince Orchard girls’ lacrosse lost 18-13 to Richard Montgomery in the section semi-finals, but it was a close game. The Cougars were down by only 2 with 6:49 left in the game but were unable to finish.
Followers of QO boys’ and girls’ lacrosse over the last 10 years know the last name “Christensen.” This is because two of the arguably best players to come out of QO in their respective sports have the surname and they’re brother and sister. In 2015 Jake Christensen, a lefty attackman, graduated and headed to Division 1 school Colgate after having 278 points in his high school career. These days his younger sister, Emma, is tearing up every defense she faces and is on her way to beating her older brother’s point total after scoring more than 100 goals in less than two full seasons.
Emma Christensen is only a sophomore, but she has taken on a strong leadership role as an honorary captain for the team. “She’s constantly getting our team hyped up, bringing her knowledge of the game to our practices and games,” Coach Carly Stefanelli said.
In fact, most of the team is young with only four seniors. “Although we have a young team, we have 14 returning varsity players, which has really helped the development of our team. With it being our second year together, we have built on last year’s season with great leadership and teamwork,” Stefanelli said.
The team finished the first five games of the season with a record of 4-1. But after that things went a little downhill. The team played a very tough second half of the season, which involved facing teams like Bullis, Churchill and Walter Johnson. The team finished its regular season 5-7, the same record as last year.
Despite a second half rough patch, there is still lots of optimism in the locker room. And given that the team had the same record going into the playoffs last year and lost in section finals in overtime, the team’s 14 returning players were especially motivated to push further into playoffs this season.
Coach Stefanelli thinks that these tough challenges will help the team in the long run. “We’re focused on getting better every day, and sometimes the best way to do that is by playing the best,” she said.
“We are a really close team, so we have that advantage which will definitely help us in the playoffs,” senior Captain Lauren Ransing said.