The Seneca Valley boy lacrosse was hoping that lightning would strike twice as they travelled up Route 27 to face their arch-nemesis the Swarmin’ Hornets of Damascus on Friday night. Seneca was coming off a thrilling last-second victory over Watkins Mill and were hoping there was still some magic left in their sticks.
However, the 9-3 Damascus team had other plans and defeated Seneca Valley 17-6, eliminating them from the playoffs and ending their season. A season that showed vast improvement this year under first-year head coach Jeremy Benson. Last year, the Screaming Eagles managed just one win all season. The Seneca boys LAX team would finish 6-8 including a playoff victory, something that has not happened since the 2012 team beat Wheaton in the first round of the playoffs.
Damascus got going early scoring six goals in the first quarter, while the Eagles continued to search for the first goal in the game. Seneca Valley has struggled to put ball in the back of the net against the Swarmin’ Hornets defense. Scoring just four goals in the previous four meetings stretching back to 2012. Damascus lead 6-0 at the end of the first.
Seneca Valley’s senior stand out Henry Quaye would get the Eagles on the board scoring twice in the second period. Quaye has committed to play lacrosse with the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY as part of the schools inaugural signing class. University of the Cumberlands Head Coach Pete Campbell said of Quaye, “"Henry is a very good athlete who can play both ways of the field. He understands the game very well and will help the team transition well throughout the year."
The Eagles defense held to Hornets to only one goal in the scone quarter, but Damascus held a 7-2 lead at half-time.
The Hornets would come out slinging in the third quarter stinging the Eagles for six unanswered goals to give them a comfortable lead of 13-0.
But seniors Ian Sorter and Henry Quaye would not watch their Seneca Valley lacrosse careers fade quietly away. Quaye would net his third goal of the game to cut the lead to 13-3 and Sorter would find the back of the net twice in the final quarter, to cut the Hornet’s lead to 14-5. Quaye would add more, to equal the total number goals, Seneca Valley has scored against Damascus since 2012. The Hornets would sting the Screamin' Eagles for three more for a final score of 17-6.
Top: Seneca Valley senior Henry Quaye (8) fights for position in Friday’s second round playoff game versus Damascus.
Next: Seneca’s senior Suraj Pasupneti (21) and Henry Quaye (8) charge a loose ground ball.
Next: Eagles senior attacker Adrian Saravia (9) get crunched by Damascus defenders.
Photos courtesy Paul Degadillo.