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Defensive efforts by Redwood boys’ lacrosse fend off formerly dominant Jesuit Marauders Story and photos By Aaron Kim

Amid the blistering cold weather and the damp turf field, the boys’ varsity lacrosse team faced off against Jesuit High School on Feb. 27 where they ultimately won 6-3. Despite losing to Jesuit last year, Redwood was able to rebound after an early deficit, coming back late in the fourth quarter to secure a victory.

Undeterred by the slow start and back-and-forth offense, senior Luke Elders, a captain and starting midfielder, put the first points on the board, giving Redwood the upper hand in the first quarter. However, Jesuit quickly responded, scoring with two minutes left in the quarter to tie the game 1-1. According to junior Coburn Brassey, a starting attackman, the slow start was due to a lack of focus and willingness to fight for the ball.

“We started out lazy on offense and had no momentum even though we were fresh and ready to go. It all begins with warm-ups and that’s when we need to get hyped and prepare to come out strong,” Brassey said.

Despite the slow offense at the beginning, Redwood’s defense was locked down during the second quarter as the defense allowed minimal scoring opportunities and senior goalie Talis Stockton saved two shots.

According to senior Harri Hetrick, a captain and starting midfielder, the Giants’ dominant defense kept them in the lead for the majority of the game.

“Our whole defense shut them down today and kept us in the game. Without it, the outcome would have been really ugly,” Hetrick said.

Coming out of the first half, Redwood sought to regain momentum and take the lead. However, despite their efforts, Jesuit scored early in the third quarter, making the score 2-1 in favor of Jesuit. In an attempt to even out the scoreboard, senior Lucas Wong quickly responded with a goal to tie the game back up 2-2.

With little time left in the third quarter, both teams kept a strong defense, but Jesuit scored yet another goal to make the score 3-2. Although Jesuit took the lead going into the fourth quarter, Stockton, along with other defensemen such as junior Alex Kraaijvanger and senior Jack Parsons, continued to fend off countless shots and close-calls. According to Kraaijvanger, through a combination of composure and strategy, the defense was able to protect the goal and get the ball to the offense.

“We would keep a really close eye on their best players and try to block them to prevent them from scoring. We also tried to stay calm and complete clears because that would help our offense possess the ball more and eventually lead to more goals,” Kraaijvanger said.

Just a few minutes into the fourth quarter, junior Zan Curleigh scored to tie the game 3-3. Building off of Curleigh’s momentum, Elders, Hetrick and senior Louie Commesso also scored goals within two minutes, extending the lead to 6-3, Redwood. Needing only to keep the ball away from Jesuit, Redwood, through a combination of passing and strategic spacing, was able to run the clock out and secure the victory.

Regardless of the victory, Head Coach Blake Atkins believes the boys still have areas of improvement if they want to continue their winning streak.

“Offensively, we have to take care of the ball better in the first half. We had lots of turnovers and were sloppy, but our defense was rock-solid and shut them down in the second half,” Atkins said.

With a win against Jesuit, the boys’ varsity lacrosse team are armed with ambition and momentum for a matchup against Bellarmine College Prep on March 2 at 3 p.m. at home.

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