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Churchill crushes Watkins Mill, heads to playoffs

laxPOTOMAC – The Churchill boys’ lacrosse team finished its regular season in style with a dominating 17-4 victory over Watkins Mill Monday night.

With his last regular season under his belt and a final playoff run to come, senior Matt Leonard is excited for his teams’ chances for a deep postseason run after a 12-1 regular season in which Leonard dominated the stat sheet.

“It’s a little surreal, I guess, this being my last regular season game,” Leonard said. “Thank God we got some home games coming up in the playoffs but it’s a little weird feeling.”

Leonard led the Bulldogs to its first state final four appearance last season but fell short of the championship game after a 14-10 loss to Westminster. Westminster is in line to face the Bulldogs in the same round should they both prevail through their respective regions.

“States are definitely our goal,” Leonard said. “We had a little slip-up last week against Q.O. which definitely put a little motivation on us and I know teams are thinking we are a little vulnerable right now but that motivates us even more.”

Churchill started the season 11-0 but suffered their first loss to Quince Orchard on May 3. The Bulldogs led 9-4 before the Cougars rallied to force overtime. The Bulldogs had the ball for the majority of the overtime but it was Quince Orchard who scored first to finish the upset.

“We didn’t really possess the ball in the second half as much as we did in the first half and we kind of just fell apart a little bit,” Leonard said.

“I think a lot of our guys realized we have a lot of good things going for us and that we were one of the better teams in the county,” said sophomore Louis Dubick. “We hadn’t played hard in the last couple of games and gotten away with some games that we were supposed to win. And that game we were probably supposed to win but we didn’t show up to play and it showed. Hopefully the guys realize that.”

Churchill looked dominant again Monday night against Watkins Mill and hopes to keep their momentum going.

“We just want to carry momentum into the playoffs and I know this year we all want nothing less than a state championship,” Dubick said.

Churchill will play the winner of the Blake-Einstein game in the second round of the playoffs. A potential match-up with rival Wootton would be in the making if they can get past a tough Walter Johnson squad in the regional semi-finals.

By Tim Schwartz

MoCoVox Sports

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