Coming off a 1-11 season last year, Seneca Valley’s lacrosse team and their new head coach Jeremy Benson know that things will be better this year. The question is how much better. “I know that I am not coaching a 1-11 team this year,” said Coach Benson. “We have a lot of talented hard working athletes. We are looking forward to surprising the county.”
With last night’s 10-5 victory over Gaithersburg, the Screaming Eagles equaled last season’s wins, with nine games remaining in the season. Seneca Valley had five players with score, four had multiple goals.
Seneca got the scoring early as senior Adrian Saravia scored just seconds into the game. Seneca would extend the lead on a shot by senior Ian Sorter. Gaithersburg would get one goal in the first and Seneca would lead 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Ian Sorter would get the second of his three goals in the game, early in the second quarter, but the Trojans would bounce back getting four goals to take a 5-3 lead with 4:43 remaining in the half. Seneca would get two more goals in the second period, one from senior Andrew Magnuson and one from junior Scott Cunningham and the game would be tied 5-5 at halftime.
Seneca came out and controlled the game for much of the third quarter, moving the ball around the Gaithersburg goal and pinning the Trojans in their zone. Ian Sorter started the scoring early in the third. Senior midfielder Alec Delgadillo would add two more goals in the third quarter and Seneca Valley took a three goal lead into the final period.
Seneca Valley’s junior goalie Hunter Bolen, stopped nine of 14 shots, and held the Trojans scoreless in the second half. Seneca would get two more goals in the fourth quarter, one Cunningham would get his second of the game and Saravia, who got the first goal would also get the last to seal the victory.
The Eagles dropped their first two games of the season, to Quince Orchard 14-1 and Northwest 10-6. “We had some issues with spacing in the first game,” said Benson, “but they got better and continue to improve in the last game and tonight we saw what happens when we get it right.”
“This team works hard and give 110 percent,” said Benson, who takes over the Seneca Valley program after being an assistant coach for the junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams at Liberty High School in Carroll County. “We have a very short bench, we only have 16 guys which is really small for lacrosse, and they are working very hard every practice and every game. We have good chemistry and I look forward to seeing them grow as a group.”
On Wednesday, Seneca Valley will face its first divisional opponent as they travel to 2-0-1 Rockville. “I am not afraid of looking ahead at our upcoming competition, but with this team if we play our game, teams will start to circle us on their schedule.”
Top: Seneca Valley’s Scott Cunningham (5) prepares to shoot during Monday night’s 10-5 victory over Gaithersburg.
Next: Cunningham (5) scores to extend the Seneca Valley lead.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Ian Sorter (2) controls the ball, Sorter had three goals in the victory.
Next: Seneca’s Andrew Magnuson (1) looks for a pass during Monday night’s game. He had one goal on 10 shots in the victory.
Next: Seneca’s junior goalie Hunter Bolen (0) makes a big stop. Bolen stopped nine of 14 shots during Monday’s game.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.