SILVER SPRING – The Churchill boys lacrosse team improved to 4-0 Monday after nearly shutting out Springbrook, 17-1.
The Bulldogs were fresh off of two back-to-back victories against Bel Air and Franklin on Saturday at the Bel Air tournament. Fatigue didn’t seem to be a factor for Churchill as defenders cut the field in half and didn’t let the Blue Devils (3-2) near their goal for over 40 minutes.
Springbrook’s sole point came with five minutes left in the game. Senior midfielder Jean Desir broke through and fired the ball into the net to avoid the shutout.
Desir’s goal provided a glimmer of hope in an otherwise Churchill-dominated match.
Bulldogs senior attackman Chris Higgins posted four goals in the first quarter alone. Higgins finished with five total points on the night.
Churchill’s defenders forced a turnover as Springbrook sophomore Billy Madden ventured across midfield. Madden managed to break away from the Bulldog double-team but failed to put points on the board.
Springbrook head coach Darren Murray said that a big loss to a team like Churchill is a lesson for his young team.
“They’re all very new at the sport. It’s good to see a high-caliber, top-level team like that to help get us faster,” he said. “This will help us play other teams in the county.”
Murray said he hopes the Blue Devils will improve with every game.
“I hope to work really hard and maybe upset somebody in the playoffs,” he said. “That’s our goal.”
Churchill played in the state finals in 2015 but lost to Howard. Several players from that team graduated; five students are currently playing on Division 1 teams.
“We lost a lot of talent offensively,” said head coach Jeff Fritz. “We’re still kind of young, but we returned a good nucleus this year that we can build from.”
Fritz says Monday’s win at Springbrook was a good opportunity to get everyone playing time.
“We got to see what some of our backups can do,” he said. “It was nice to see what our depth can add to the program.”
Fritz admits that after last year’s success, the bar is set high for this year’s team.
“We want to go back to the state championship and win it this year,” he said. “We’ll see how realistic that is as the season progresses.”
The Bulldogs host Poolesville on Wednesday in their 2016 home opener. Springbrook will play at Sherwood on Wednesday.