Looking for their sixth consecutive win, the varsity girls lacrosse team (6-2) hosted the winless Pompano Beach Golden Tornadoes (0-6) Friday, March 13 on a modified senior recognition night.
Throughout the night, the lady Patriots held the Golden Tornadoes in check, walking away with the victory 20-6. The win moved the team to 7-2 on the year, marking their best start in almost five years. To put the Patriot’s improvement into perspective, the varsity girls lacrosse team has finished with a losing record five out of the past six years.
“We have a lot of talent on our team,” senior Sarah McDonald said. “This year, we have a different breed of leaders that we haven’t had before. We work together and bring each other up. The victory was caused by just this. Our connection as a team has become stronger; the trust we’ve developed in each other has strengthened.”
However, while the win highlighted the night, it wasn’t necessarily the most prominent takeaway from the game. With the recent coronavirus outbreak forcing the stoppage of play for the foreseeable future, the Patriots took advantage of what may have been their final game to recognize their senior athletes.
“The atmosphere was different from a senior night or any other game I’ve ever played,” McDonald said. “It felt like just another game with the looming fact that we might not have any more after this. So during the actual game there were times where we might’ve gotten a bit tired and slacked a little bit, but then it hit us how this might be the last [game]. After that, we worked purely on adrenaline and sadness.”
With the future of their season in question, the Patriots will be forced to sit on the sidelines as they wait to see what will become of their bounce back campaign.
“We hope it wasn’t our last game on the Heritage field but due to the outbreak, we’re unsure,” senior Courtney Medwin said. “But as seniors, we put it all out there just in case. The atmosphere had a bittersweet feeling because we’ve all played on this field for four years and this might be our last time. I was proud of my team and how well they played, but definitely sad to say goodbye.”