After posting a 13-2 record and winning their opening round playoff game, the Appoquinimink Jaguars boys’ lacrosse team saw their season end in heartbreaking fashion as they fell to Tower Hill 9-8 in overtime of the quarterfinal round.
The Middletown Transcript spoke with Head Coach Chris Rutter to get his thoughts on the season and where the team is headed come next season.
Q: The team’s postseason run came to an end in one of the most difficult ways possible, a loss in overtime. What did you say to the team after such a tough loss?
A: The boys were pretty upset after the loss. Basically, I told them that the game would have never been that close if they didn’t work so hard in the off-season. Our young guys held their own against a very good veteran Tower Hill team. I also told them to remember this feeling, let that feeling drive you to work even harder in the off-season.
Q: Many underclassmen performed well in high-pressure situations, the loss to Tower Hill hurts now but what can be learned from the experience they went through during the season and playoffs?
A: We have our top-four leading scorers coming back next year. We are ranked 37th in the nation in goals per-game. We also have three of our four long poles coming back. We have much depth, but it all depends on the off-season work they put in. Every play of every game is a great experience for the boys, each game they learn how important the playoff games are and they learn they’ll need to live up to the hype of each of these games.
Q: What’s next for the program?
A: Next year we have a much tougher schedule. Many of the teams in the state now realize we are a team that can contend and have put us on their schedule. We feel that if our players continue to work hard and mature, we can make a run for a title.