BETHESDA – Some of the best varsity boys lacrosse players in Montgomery County gathered at Walter Johnson High School Thursday for the annual Senior Showcase game.
Nearly 50 students from 20 local high schools participated in the all-star bout. Players wore their school colors on their helmets and were divided into Team Blue or Team White.
The boys in blue won 13-8 in a high action game where players rotated on and off the bench to give everyone a chance to participate.
Many of the students will continue their lacrosse career in college. Thursday’s game was their last chance to take the field as a Montgomery County high school student.
Churchill’s Markus Hurd was named player of the game, racking up 11 saves in the first half.
“There wasn’t any pressure on me. Every time I saw the ball I thought that I know how to do this,” said Hurd of his performance. “It’s all muscle memory: just go to the ball.”
The future University of Denver Pioneer said he enjoyed representing Churchill in the all-star game and seeing the talent from around the county.
However, Hurd also had another game on his mind: Wednesday’s state championship.
“It’s always fun to come out and play but obviously we wish we could have played last night,” he said.
The Bulldogs lost in the semifinals Saturday against eventual state title winner Severna Park.
Poolesville midfielder Jonathan Hetrick earned a hat trick Thursday. Two of his unassisted goals came in the fourth quarter. Hetrick will take his game to UMBC in the fall.
Both teams kept the intensity level high throughout all four quarters. Kevin Tregoning, Team Blue’s goalie, saved seven goals of his own in the first 24 minutes.
Team Blue went into the half with a two-point lead. Magruder’s Ryan Martindell swung the ball past goalkeeper Collin Miller of Clarksburg twice back-to-back in the third quarter for the third tie of the game.
The score wasn’t knotted up for very long as Hetrick raced toward the net and fired his second goal of the evening at the start of the fourth quarter. Hetrick’s Poolesville teammate Reid Patton capped off Team Blue’s victory with his only goal of the night with two minutes left in regulation.
East Carolina commit Tony Furnells from Damascus said he was honored to be chosen to participate in the Senior Showcase.
“I put in a lot of work in the offseason and I’m sure these guys did too,” he said. “It’s good to be out here with some of the best guys in Montgomery County and get everyone together. It means we’re the best of the best of the best.”
Paint Branch head coach Greg Jolles was chosen to coach Team Blue.
Jolles said he was excited to coach some of the best seniors in the County.
“It’s fun to see everybody together one last time,” he said. “Everybody wants to get that win to end their high school career and play with their friends one last time. A lot of guys put it as one of their goals their senior year to play in this game.”
Team Blue consisted of Sean Allen, Donavan Brown, Everett Driver and Connor Moy from Gaithersburg; Ryan Sorkin, Austin LaBorwit, Markus Hurd, Chris Higgins and Cristian Edwards from Churchill; Sean Le from Northwest; Cooper Brady, Shawn Fahey, Joshua Ferentinos, Michael Hughes and Ryan Martindell from Magruder; Avery Bernstein and JP Nugent from Walter Johnson; Zachary Itteilag, Lorenzo Malana and Sean McSkeane from Einstein; Daniel Rudolph from B-CC; Eisley Kim from Quince Orchard and Matthew Merchant from Kennedy.
Team White was made up of Tyree Sewell and Jake Silverman from Blake; Jake Armstrong, Adam Branscome, Jonathan Hetrick and Reid Patton from Poolesville; Stephen Bray and Hunter Saturn from Wootton; Dean Echard, Tony Furnells, Thomas Jurgens, Austin Rannals and Joey Salisbury from Damascus; Garrin Adolphe, Chauncey Leo, Cooper Quinn and Kevin Tregoning from Paint Branch; Matthew Guerrera from Blair; Dan Fraser and Alex Hilsenrath from Whitman; Collin Miller from Clarksburg; Kevin Paton from Northwood; Noah Ventimiglia from Richard Montgomery and Shawn Simpson from Watkins Mill.