GAITHERSBURG — Over the course of one quarter the entire game went south for the Quince Orchard varsity boys lacrosse team as the Cougars lost to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, 11-6.
After clawing back to a tie at the end of the third quarter, the Barons outscored the Cougars six-to-one in a shocking about-face fourth quarter.
“They had a game plan. They executed it much better than what we wanted to do. They came out with more heart, more intensity and they beat us,” said Cougars head coach David Heiney-Gonzalez.
The Cougars were the visitors at their own field and the Barons were the home team due to construction at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Chants from the Barons squad drowned out a tepid Cougar crowd at times to make the environment truly home for the Barons.
Before the breakdown in the fourth quarter, the Cougars were nipping at the Barons’ heels, down by two going into halftime and usually trailing close behind.
Junior Barons attacker Luke Kosnik scored the last goal before halftime to up their lead by two with an unguarded shot.
The third quarter was the highlight for Quince Orchard, and showed a turn in strategy. While the Cougars were previously aggressive on defense to a point where multiple players served short stints in the bin for penalties, the third quarter saw the team pressure and control possession.
Senior Cougars defender Match Hanson scored twice and senior attacker Julian Culp added one more goal to tie the game at 5-5.
Junior attacker Leo Cowie scored the sole point for the Barons in the third quarter with a shot from the side of the net.
“We just had to remind them ‘hey it’s a four-quarter game, we got to play every quarter the way Barons play lacrosse’, and they pulled it together and came together,” said Barons head coach James Lang.
The Cougars’ hard work to tie up the game was for naught, as the Barons scored more in the fourth quarter than in the rest of the game with six points to their name.
Offensively, the Cougars couldn’t hold on to the ball long enough with a relentless Barons counterattack, while defensively the onslaught of shots made for a tough time.
B-CC junior midfielder Jack Loughlin was prolific throughout the match but shone in the fourth quarter by scoring a hat trick.
The lone Cougars goal in the fourth quarter came from Hanson, who looped around the net and scored at close range.
We knew we had to step it up, do what we have to do, play our Barons lacrosse, and we showed them that we’re the better team, we played like it, and we’re running MoCo [Montgomery County],” said Loughlin.