Wildcats to face rival Barons in first round of playoffs


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Junior captain and attacker Noah Diamond takes a shot in a 16-10 win over the Rockville Rams on Thursday, May 4. Diamond had six goals in the game as the Wildcats ended their regular season with a 7-4 record.

On Thursday, May 4, the boys’ lacrosse team completed their regular season with a 16-10 win over Rockville (5-7) to end the season with a regular season record of 7-4. The team ended the season on a three-game win streak defeating the Rams, Springbrook (4-8) and Northwest (6-6).

The Wildcats will face the BCC Barons (6-6) in the opening round of the regional playoffs on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. Earlier this season, the Wildcats defeated the Barons 7-6 in their first victory over the Barons in six years. The Wildcats are looking to win their first playoff game since the class of 2023 entered WJ.

“We know their tendencies pretty well, they know our tendencies, we just got to go in, show them how we can play, play physical and we should come out with that win,” junior goaltender Alex Klein said.

Last year, the Wildcats held a large lead over the Richard Montgomery Rockets before the Rockets went on a scoring streak to beat the Wildcats 13-9. The Cats got their revenge quickly at the beginning of this season defeating the Rockets 14-9, but the playoff loss last year is still in many players’ minds.

“It definitely ignited a fire in us. We definitely don’t want that happening again and I don’t think we will let that happen again,” junior midfielder Nick Zampardi said.

The game against BCC earlier this season went back and forth until the Wildcats began to pull away late in the third quarter, BCC scored two goals late in the fourth, but it was not enough as the Wildcats claimed victory with a final-minute defensive stand.

“I think [we] really just [have to] build on what we did last time. We only beat them by one goal, I think we can beat them by even more this time, so hopefully [we can] continue our success,” junior midfielder Colin Neary said.

The winner of the game will face the top-seeded and defending state champion Churchill Bulldogs (11-1) on Friday, May 12 for a spot in the regional final.