By Tommy Witt ‘24

On April 25, the Brother Rice Crusaders lacrosse team traveled to Marmion Academy to face the Cadets. The Crusaders looked to bounce back after a tough defeat vs DePaul Prep.

The Crusaders struck first by a goal from sophomore Jack Singler. Singler has been the Crusaders main goal scorer as a sophomore. He has taken big strides in his game going into his second varsity season.

Singler said, “I’ve been on a roll over the past few games. I’ve just been able to put the ball in the net and help the team in any way I can.”

The Crusaders were also backed by several great saves from senior goaltender Chris Orth. The third year goaltender has been a rock in goal displaying his leadership and poise in goal.

Orth said, “I have just been seeing the ball well, making saves and trying my best to lead this team to a win.”

After the Crusaders jumped out to an early lead, the Cadets responded tying the game at three in the second quarter. Soon after, the Crusader’s transition attack scored two quick goals to give them a 5-3 lead heading into halftime.

The Crusaders led at half for only the second time this year and were determined to finish out the game with a win. After halftime, the Cadets stuck quickly, but the Crusaders answered time and time again.

Heading into the third quarter, the Crusaders held a one goal lead 8-7. The Crusaders struggled to clear the ball, and some costly turnovers let Marmion back into the game. The Cadets took the lead with two minutes left.

Coach Karmia called a timeout to draw up a play for the Crusaders. After the timeout, the Crusaders won a huge ground ball battle leading to the game tying goal from senior Jake Surma.

In the end, the Cadets found a way to beat Chris Orth with five seconds left in the game. It was a heartbreaking defeat for the Crusaders but a great game overall.

Junior Evan Wills said, “I was devastated after the game, but the loss showed our heart and dedication.”

Final totals included sophomore Jack Singler with five goals, senior Jake Surma with three goals, senior Mike Marshall with one goal, and senior Tommy Witt with one goal.