Girls’ lacrosse falls to Sherwood, rebounds against Northwest

Senior captain and midfielder Olivia McCloskey runs through her teammates before the Whitman game. McCloskey committed to Saint Joseph’s University to continue her career after high school.

With just two games remaining in the regular season, the girls’ lacrosse team is looking to build on their already impressive resume heading into the postseason. The Wildcats currently hold a 7-2 record.

The Wildcats have scored 18 goals in three of their last four games. They beat Gaithersburg (1-8) 18-0 on April 19, Clarksburg (6-4) 18-5 on April 24 and Northwest 18-9 (5-5) on April 26.

“Speaking for the team I can say we are all very proud of ourselves. We put in the effort and we see the results out on the field. However, for playoffs we can’t get too much in our heads because as we progress teams will only become more competitive. We’ve all come to the decision that working on fouls starts at practice. Which means we need to stop making those very much avoidable mistakes,” sophomore defender Peyton Brown said.

In between playing Clarksburg and Northwest, the Wildcats traveled to face an 8-1 Sherwood team where they lost 11-10. With 45 seconds remaining in the game, the ball was hit out-of-bounds and the ref gave the ball to Sherwood. Because the Wildcats didn’t have possession with less than a minute left in the game, they were unable to attempt to tie the score and force overtime.

“I think we’ll use Sherwood as motivation to limit our fouls. Having that close of a loss definitely has us fired up for the postseason which will help us out,” sophomore defender Shae McCloskey said.

Despite this loss, the Wildcats head into their final two games with confidence. Their next game will be at home against Springbrook (6-4) on May 2 at 6 p.m. This game will be senior night where the Wildcats will celebrate the successes that their seniors have had over the last four years.

“In terms of a legacy, I’d like to win regions this year because we haven’t done that in awhile, so that would be pretty cool. The team is like another group of friends that I have and a place where I am able to go after school and just forget about everything,” senior captain and midfielder Ellie Hilton said.