ROCKVILLE – After losing to Churchill High School the last couple of seasons, the Wootton High School boys’ lacrosse team got some revenge after beating its rival from Potomac 14-6 at home.
Senior attacker Austin Schoenfeld scored a game-high five goals and fellow attacker Jake Mitchell added a hat trick and four assists. After falling behind early in previous matchups with Churchill (11-2), this time Wootton (10-0) turned the tables and got off to an early lead, scoring four goals in the first quarter and two more in the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead before Churchill finally got on the board. Wootton scored twice more and led 8-2 at halftime.
“We knew that was the key. We knew once we would get a lead, not that they would shut down, but getting a big lead helped us a lot,” Schoenfeld said. “It helped the young guys with their mental aspect of the game.”
Churchill attempted to make a comeback in the second half, and cut the deficit to 9-6 in the third quarter, but Wootton ended the game on a 5-0 run to clinch the win.
“Wootton wanted it more today. They played a faster game and played harder and made less mistakes. Bottom line, they were the better team today,” Churchill head coach Jeff Fritz said. “We had a couple of opportunities early that we could not convert and they did. It opened the floodgates for them and they got more confidence. We started to question ourselves a little bit and we tried to do too many things individually instead of playing a team game.”
Another reason for the win was the outstanding defensive performance of Wootton junior defenseman Cole Abid, who had the assignment of covering Churchill attacker Louis Dubick—a top recruit committed to the University of Maryland.
Abid shadowed Dubick all game long and held him without a point.
“We know he is a great player but he is still just a player,” Abid said. “We had to cover him as a team, not just one person guarding him. It was a whole team effort. The few times I slipped up the team played great defense.”
Abid said he was a little nervous but he got rid of the butterflies after he stripped Dubick of the ball to set up a goal in the second quarter.
“I was like okay; I have got my confidence here. I can take this kid,” Abid said.
Schoenfeld said he was happy for Abid because the young defenseman put so much time into preparing for the game. Schoenfeld said Abid knew every one of Dubick’s moves, and had teammates re-enact Dubick’s moves during practice.
“Cole watches more film than any of our coaches and players combined,” Schoenfeld said. “He knew everything they would do.”
Wootton coach Colin Thomson said he was happy for the team because they played hard and so many different players contributed to the victory.
“This is a team win all around,” Thomson said.
“It is just bliss,” Abid said of the win. “It is retribution. We felt like we’ve had them the last few years but they got up 8-0 on us the last couple years. We know we should have won and we dug too deep a hole. This year they dug themselves a hole and we kept piling on. It was just a lot of intensity and we did not let up. It is a great team win.”