GAITHERSBURG – In a high-scoring yet tight affair, the Sherwood High School boys lacrosse team stuck to its winning ways, handing Quince Orchard its first loss of the season, earning a 16-14 away victory Monday night.
In a battle of two of the best high school boys lacrosse teams in Montgomery County, the Warriors’ Jack Heagy finished with four goals while Cael Comstock and Drew Stahley both finished with hat tricks.
“It was nice to see our guys step up and execute against good competition,” said Sherwood head coach Matt Schneider. “We managed to come out with a really quality win there.”
“It feels great,” said Comstock. “We prepared for this all week, and we did what we needed to.”
Against the Cougars, Heagy was promoted to the varsity squad to help the attack after injuries limited player availability for Sherwood.
“He’s new, and we’ve had to change up our systems,” said Schneider. “The guys have really stepped up and been able to roll with the changes and have success.”
Meanwhile, Josh Weitzman led Quince Orchard with five goals on the night, while Trent Mettler finished with four tallies.
“They’re the heart and soul of the team,” said Cougars head coach Connor Miller. “All those kids battled the entire game. We put in different positions doing different things, doing whatever they could to put the team first and help the team win.”
Two of Comstock’s goals came in the opening quarter to help Sherwood.
“We kept our composure,” said Comstock. “There was a lot of penalties, but we stayed composed and did what we needed to do.”
Quince Orchard led 3-2 with 5:04 left in the first quarter, as Mettler, Rocco DuPaul, and Weitzman all put the ball in the net.
However, the Warriors went on a three-goal scoring run to end the quarter. Drew Stahley scored one of his two goals during that streak with a behind-the-back play.
Sherwood scored five more goals in the second quarter, as Kosta Perentinos scored twice, while Stahley, Heagy and Alex Lacey added a tally each.
“We stayed composed,” said Heagy. “There were holes in the defense, but I was able to work around it.”
The Cougars did attempt to keep up by scoring four goals in the quarter, but the Warriors led 10-7 at the half.
Zach Zarchin scored twice for the Cougars to open the third quarter and cut the deficit to one. However, Sherwood pounced on another three-goal run as Heagy put the ball in the net twice to cap off his four-goal night.
“It’s going to turn up a notch,” said Heagy. “It’s my first time [on varsity], so we’ve got a long road.”
Comstock scored his third goal in the fourth to add to the Warriors’ lead, while Mettler had his fourth of the night, and Weitzman scored twice.
Quince Orchard attempted a comeback as a JJ Pomrick tally cut the deficit to two goals with less than two minutes left, but the late rally fell short as their undefeated streak had ended.
“Our team battled hard all night,” said Miller. “It stings, but it’s a good learning lesson for us. We’ve got a lot of things that we can improve on now and for the rest of the season.”