Despite a valiant and determined effort, the Darrow lacrosse team fell to Hoosac in its home opener by a final score of 1-16. Notwithstanding the outcome of the game, there were numerous bright spots for Darrow, especially the outstanding debut of Jared ‘20, normally a mainstay of our midfield, as goalkeeper. In the absence of Darrow's starting goalkeeper, Jared volunteered to step into this role, and with a limited amount of practice time to prepare, turned in an impressive performance, utilizing his natural athleticism and field sense to make numerous saves and to aggressively initiate clears with confident ball handling and passing. Jared's success between the pipes so soon after taking on the goalkeeper position bodes extremely well for Darrow's defensive game going into future seasons. Due to a combination of injuries, absences and equipment issues, every available Darrow player got substantial playing time and intensive field experience, especially as the team progressively tightened up its defensive play as the game unfolded. Kudos go to the numerous players who moved between positions, including switches on the field, and particularly to sophomore midfielder Andy, who ran shifts on both attack and defense, as well as midfield. Darrow's goal, denying Hoosac a shutout, was scored by senior attackman and captain Luke in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, and reflects the determination of the entire Darrow offensive unit, which never let down in its efforts to find the back of the Hoosac goal. The flexibility, resilience and composure shown by the Darrow team in this game were impressive, and reflect the strong sense of team spirit and sportsmanship of this group of players. The team’s focus now shifts to preparing for its home match against Marvelwood on Wednesday, April 25th.
Against a team that has traditionally been one of our toughest opponents, the Darrow lacrosse squad turned in a strong and spirited performance against Storm King, but wasn't able to close a 7-11 gap by the final horn. With seven players, including three starters, unavailable due to college visits or injuries, every available player spent significant time on the field, playing with tenacity and gaining valuable game experience. Seniors Maddie and Felix stepped in as acting captains, joining Luke ‘18 in leading and motivating the team. Darrow’s scoring came from Luke with five, midfielder Maddie with one, and sophomore attackman Brennan with one, his first Darrow career goal. Felix had another strong outing in goal, keeping multiple Storm King shots out of the Darrow goal, effectively utilizing a variety of clearing options, and visibly continuing to grow in confidence. Senior midfielder Leo turned in a stalwart performance, handling the majority of faceoffs and displaying tremendous energy and determination on both ends of the field. Kudos to senior midfielder Vincent, who went in on defense in the second half and displayed impressive defensive instincts in his first game experience playing with a long stick. Darrow now looks forward to a full week of pre-game preparation, and being back up to full strength, as the team shifts its focus to its home match against Hoosac next Saturday.