It was a tragic spring sports season all around, as the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled high school sports before public schools were even able to get the season started.
It was particularly hard for graduating seniors who lost their final chance to play high school sports. No last season with their teammates, no last chance to fulfill goals, no last opportunity to impress college scouts, no last ride to a possible title.
Everyone felt the loss. Few likely felt it more than the Sparrows Point boys lacrosse team.
The Pointers reached the state championship game for the first time in school history last season. They were looking forward to making another run with 17 returning seniors.
You read that right. Seventeen. There are schools that don’t have that many total players on their roster.
Patapsco had a total of 23 seniors for all of its spring sports.
Behind those 17 seniors, Sparrows Point was primed for another run to the state finals, and maybe deal with defending state champion Patterson Mill (which defeat the Pointers 14-3 in last season’s final) along the way.
Instead, the Huskies will remain defending champion for another year. And this veteran-laden Pointer squad will never know if they could have taken Patterson Mill.
“I was looking forward to going to state’s and hopefully winning state’s,” said Jake Lure, one of the Sparrows Point team captains. “I think we definitely could have gone to [the state finals] and we would have won if we all worked fluently as a team.
“It really made me sad our season got cancelled and I wasn’t able to play lacrosse. It’s my favorite sport.”
These are assumptions, of course. Sparrows Point would have needed to beat Loch Raven in the Class 1A North Region I. The Pointers outlasted the Raiders in a tough game on a neutral field last season.
After winning the region title, the final eight teams would have been re-seeded. Patterson Mill would need to beat Fallston to win the 1A East Region I, which is usually not easy.
Sparrows Point would likely not have a high seed, the result of playing in the Baltimore County Division I and facing larger, state contending teams like Hereford, Towson, Dulaney, Perry Hall and Franklin.
(All those teams beat Sparrows Point last season. Another opportunity lost for Sparrows Point and its 17 seniors: an opportunity settle some scores with the county powers.)
“I was looking forward to playing for a state title,” said the other Pointer team captain, Kendrick Emani. “I also wanted to share one last season with my friends. I think the team would have done exceptionally well because of the amount of returning players that started in recent years.
“Losing our senior season is something that’ll always be the ‘what-if’ for the rest of our lives. It hurts to know that opportunity will never arise again.”