This year, it was Pembroke Hill that saw its season come to an end at the hands of its fiercest rival.
The Lancer lacrosse team on Monday defeated the Raiders 12-7 in the opening round of the Lacrosse Association of Kansas City’s playoffs before a boisterous crowd on the SM East field.
Last year, the Raiders beat the Lancers in the LAKC semi-finals, breaking a three year chain during which the Lancers had been the ones to put an end to the Raiders season.
SM East’s offense looked well-tuned out of the gate, with attacker Nic Bailey netting four goals and providing three assists.
First year head coach Will Garrett said the Lancers’ ability to create transition opportunities after forcing turnovers with an aggressive defense were the key to the win. But he said the Lancers will need to improve their faceoff performance if they want to win in the semi-final game next Wednesday at Durwood Stadium on the campus of the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
The Lancers finished their regular season at 12-5, and 10-1 in the LAKC, with their only loss coming to top-ranked Olathe East.
Garrett credited his assistant coaches with helping make his first year at the helm a success.
“I’ve had the privilege of great assistant coaching and great players this year,” he said. “Everyone shows up ready to work hard every day, and that makes my job an easy one.”