ROCKVILLE- Wootton won their boys’ varsity lacrosse home opener on Monday against Clarksburg 17-3, in a lopsided battle of experienced players.
The home team kept Clarksburg scoreless in the second half, and notched up 9 points in the first half.
Clarksburg scored two goals in the second quarter, the best performance they had the entire game.
Wootton has eight seniors returning this season, compared to Clarksburg’s five. They also have more players, more freshmen and sophomores, but slightly less juniors.
“We’re so young, it’s just about getting these guys out there, experience, get these guys out there playing, and especially the young guys,” said Clarksburg head coach Teak Bassett.
Experience was not the only disadvantage: senior goalie Colin Miller is the current goalie for Clarksburg after their usual goalie was injured at the start of the season, with only a couple weeks of experience at the position, according to Bassett.
The game started off with a 4-1 score on the board by the end of the first quarter, the lone goal scored by senior Clarksburg midfielder Skyler Defrank.
The pace picked up in the second quarter, where Wootton went on a four-point scoring streak with the help of senior attackers Justin O’Daniel and Brett Rudden, who would assist each other more throughout the game.
O’Daniel at times danced around the defense, showing their passing skill and frustrating a Clarksburg defense that tended to stick close to the goal.
But the woes for Clarksburg usually started whenever there was a face-off: Wootton usually won possession and dictated the game from that point on until they scored.
Senior goalie Brian Barrett had little threats come his way through the match, but was caught off guard on Defrank’s second and last goal.
Defrank gained possession after Rudden lost the ball and darted to the sparse Wootton half, where he evaded the defense and took the shot to notch another point for Clarksburg.
Shortly after, that goal was followed by another goal from junior attacker Ryan Crosby. It would be Clarksburg’s last.
Rudden assisted O’Daniel and sophomore attacker Brad Verdin on two more goals as well.
“It’s crucial to start our season off strong,” said senior midfielder Ben Museles.
The strong finish in the game reflects Wootton’s trend of record-setting appearances in the state tournaments, currently tied with Urbana and Southern at seven appearances.
They did not make it past the quarterfinals last year, however.
“We take one day at a time and you play a bunch of good teams and who knows,” said Wooton head coach Colin Thomson on his forecast for the rest of the season.