GAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard staged one of the greatest comebacks in program history Monday night, rallying from a five-goal deficit early in the fourth quarter en route to a 10-9 home victory over Wootton in a regional semifinal matchup at the Cougar Dome.
“What. A. Game.” uttered the Quince Orchard public address announcer following the Cougars’ seemingly improbable win.
Wootton senior Myles Romm, who netted four goals, scored late in the third quarter and teammate Justin O’Daniel added a goal with 10:28 left in the fourth period to put the Patriots ahead, 9-4.
However, the Cougars rallied to score six unanswered goals to mount an unbelievable comeback.
“Things haven’t happened like that before,” said Quince Orchard head coach David Gonzalez, whose team improved to 14-2, “but everything happens for a reason. It’s a testament to the guys believing in each other, a testament to the guys in trusting the coaching staff and what we do and just believing in who we are and anything is possible when we believe.”
Quince Orchard was led by Colgate-bound senior Jake Christensen and classmate Tyler Milwit who each netted a hat trick in the win. The Cougars also received contributions from seniors Troy Porter and Nick Ransing who each scored goals in the fourth quarter comeback.
Colton Christensen scored a goal with 2:02 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 9-9 before his twin brother Jake netted the game-winner with 19.4 seconds left.
“Jake is the ultimate competitor,” said Gonzalez. “He’s our leader. He’s our go-to guy. He’s our goal scorer and everybody responds to him. It’s great when great kids also have the ability and then the best part is the work ethic and you can’t give him enough positive praise for everything that he does. He works his tail off and deserves every last bit and he’s going to continue to stay hungry which is the best part.”
Meanwhile, Wootton (10-6) failed to reach the regional final for the first time in recent memory. The Patriots have compiled a 6-2 record in regional title games during the past decade.
“It was a good game,” said Wootton head coach Colin Thomson. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t finish what we needed to do.”