By Tommy Witt ‘24

The 2024 Brother Rice lacrosse season began March 18 at Homewood Flossmoor. This year’s team is full of young and old including four seniors, six returning starters, and a host of freshmen.

The season started with a tough test for the Crusaders vs the Vikings. After a rough first half, the Crusaders played much better in the second, but would still go on to lose 12-7. This game brought a lot of learning opportunities and some bright spots such as freshman Quinn Muldoon scoring four goals in his first game.

Head Coach Karmia said, “I was proud of the effort. Our team displayed excellent discipline and drive. I think the program is heading in the right direction.”

The following night the Crusaders looked to respond vs Taft. This time out, the Crusaders scored first and led at the half with the score 5-1. However, Taft responded by tying and taking the lead early into the fourth quarter. The Crusaders trailed by two goals late in the fourth until two Jack Singler goals tied the game.

The game went to overtime tied at nine. After a hard fought four minutes, including many Chris Orth saves, the teams needed a second overtime. Finally, after a Nick Scarriot faceoff win, the Crusaders gained possession, and yours truly scored the game winning goal.

Senior Jake Surma said, “That win was huge for us, it was a momentum booster and gave us confidence that we can compete.”

After a huge win, the Crusaders came home for their home opener vs Riverside Brookfield. The Crusaders seemed a little tired after four games in three days and were defeated 13-3 by a tough Bulldog team.

Junior Evan Wills said, “The defense showed promise this week. We are a young team that will find our stride once we get more experience.”

Overall, the team looks very promising bringing in a large freshman class, and a new coach

Coach Karmia hopes to build Brother Rice into a powerhouse.