POTOMAC—With the warm spring weather returning to the area, it was a crisp, sunny afternoon on March 30 for lacrosse action featuring Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School visiting last year’s 4A West Regional Champions Churchill.
The game was close but in the end, the Bulldogs received help from senior attackman Ryan Shure’s four goals to take over and hang on for the 10-8 victory. With the win, Churchill starts their season off with a 2-0 record.
“We stuck it out till the end,” said Shure. “They were a tough team. Very aggressive. But we ended up sticking it out till the end.”
The first goal of the game came from B-CC junior midfielder Bryce Hartigan early on in the first quarter. However, Shure found the net seconds later for his first of four tallies.
Junior attackman Tom Langerman added a goal to give Churchill a 2-1 lead, but the Barons tied it back up at 2-2 thanks to junior midfielder Christian Weber’s first of three goals in his hat trick performance.
“Christian Weber’s a hell of a player,” said B-CC Head Coach James Lang. “He really gets his hands free. If I can get him to get a couple of assists, I’d be even happier. But I’ll take the goals.”
Shure went on to score the next two goals for the Bulldogs. First, he fell down as he fired the ball into the net.
Then, he scored off an impressive feed from freshman attackman Eliot Dubick, younger brother of University of Maryland lacrosse player Louis Dubick.
Both teams would trade goals back-and-forth with Weber scoring his second goal for B-CC as Bulldogs sophomore midfielder Jack Punda slipped a shot past Barons sophomore goalie Jaden Wallach to tie the game. B-CC senior attackman Lucas Kosnick would respond, throwing everyone off with a nasty fake shot attempt before sniping the ball into the net to reduce B-CC’s deficit down to one goal.
Langerman and sophomore midfielder Bo Humiston scored the next two goals for the home team but senior defenseman Kyle Ramos added a tally for the visiting B-CC squad, reducing Churchill’s advantage to two goals (7-5) before halftime.
The first and only two goals of the third quarter were notable ones: Shure’s fourth and Langerman’s third for Churchill.
However, early on in the fourth, the Barons scored three unanswered tallies courtesy of senior attackman Logan Paterson’s two goals, and Weber’s third time, making it a total of three hat tricks on the afternoon.
Nevertheless, Punda’s goal at 7:33 extended the lead to 10-8 and proved to be the game-clinching goal as Robinson was able to hang on to make nine saves to finish off the game.
“To be honest, it was a rough one for me,” said Robinson. “I let in the first few goals and I got in my own head for a little bit. And then I was able to make a couple towards the second half, and that brought me up a little bit.”
“We’re lucky to survive,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Jeff Fritz. “It was a great game. We had a few guys go down with an injury, and it made it much more interesting there in the second half than it should have been.”
Churchill is coming off a huge offseason following their regional title win as Fritz was inducted into the Potomac Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Feb. 9.
Now, with lacrosse season back again, Fritz said he thinks that his young team will be “dangerous” towards the end of the season as they start with a record of 2-0.
“We’re getting there,” said Fritz. “I like the team we have. We’re just really young. We have a lot of coaching to do, a lot of learning to do. Coming into the season, I think we’ll have it all together.”