Midseason report: boys lacrosse heating up


Pete Austin

Junior midfielder Derek Wilson carries the ball in a home game versus Westminster.

by Will Foreman, Community News Editor

Flashback to 2011 – “Kenski scored three times in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 4:59 remaining on an underhand rocket-shot that found net, and found the Lancers the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A/4A title with a 13-12 win.”

That year, Linganore boys’ lacrosse put together an impressive 15-1 season, losing only to South Carroll, en route to the state championship. Since then, Linganore has put together an impressive 10-3 season in 2012, and a disappointing 5-9 season in 2013. This year, the Lancers are 5-3, losing only to perennial powerhouses Westminster, Middletown, and rival Urbana.

Last year’s season came to a painful end after losing to Westminster in the second round of the playoffs, a whopping 26-1 beatdown.

This year, however, the Lancers are looking up. “My expectation for this year is for us to compete at our highest level,” says varsity head coach Rich Thompson.

“What we do well is controlling a good number of face offs,” said Thompson. “We need to work on gelling better as a team and learning to trust one another.”

Sophomores Daniel Ross (attack) and Wade Stieren (midfield) played on varsity last year as freshmen and are looking to expand on their experience from last year.

Ross was recently featured in an article by the Frederick News-Post that focused on the recent game against Tuscarora and a crazy behind-the-back shot.

Ross has already verbally committed to play lacrosse for Army at West Point.

Two more sophomores, defenseman Tony Komara and midfielder Justin Richmond, have moved up to varsity this year after excelling on the JV team last year. A third, Nathaniel Musselman, transferred from Walkersville this year.

“Our youth helps us by having all of the underclassmen have a longer time together against varsity competition,” said Thompson.

The Lancers are hoping that their youth will lead to a future championship. The JV team is 8-0 and delivered some convincing victories like a 21-0 destruction of Frederick and a 16-1 annihilation of archrival Urbana.

JV head coach Dave Kenski said, “We have a lot of talented guys this year. We expect to win every game.”

JV midfielder and sophomore Noah Garabedian said, “We’re a really good team. We definitely have a chance to go undefeated this year, and maybe win a state championship in a year or two.”

Girls Lacrosse

Both the varsity and JV teams are off to disappointing starts – the varsity team has yet to win a game, starting 0-7, and the JV squad only picked up a win against Frederick – but varsity player and sophomore Emma Roerty is optimistic about the season.

“I think we’ll see some wins soon. We have more home games in the second half of the season so maybe we’ll get some homefield advantage.”

JV player Kate Mannarino feels the same way. “We’re working hard every day and hopefully we start to get some results soon,” she said.

Schedules and results for varsity teams can be found on Laxpower – both boys and girls.

For home games, the teams can be found in the stadium at 5:30 for JV and 7:00 for varsity.

All records are current as of 4/17/2014.