Kent lacrosse players find that hard work is its own reward

WORTON — The value of hard work is a life lesson learned on the playing field.

That’s why it’s understandable that Kent County High School’s girls could — and did — celebrate even though they had been soundly defeated in a varsity lacrosse game here on Wednesday, April 17.

Easton led 9-0 after the opening 12 minutes and would score the first 13 goals on the way to a 15-2 victory.

The final score was an accurate reflection of a lopsided game, but the Trojans were as gracious in defeat as Easton’s girls were in victory.

“I’m really proud for not giving up,” one KCHS player said. “We did a heckuva job.”

Head coach Jessie Bonass agreed.

“It was a great game,” she said. “We played three games in three days, and they’ve been the best three games of the season.”

“We played hard. It was a great game,” Bonass said again for emphasis.

The MVP game ball was awarded to junior Larah Mackey, who was pressed into duty because of injury to starting goalie Emma Morris.

“Everyone who was on defense, thanks so much,” Mackey said to the crew that included Jane Cleary, Grace Gerstung, Tess Fuchs and Hailey Myers.

Cleary, a two-way threat, scored the Trojans’ first goal. Circling from behind the cage, from left to right, she shot through three defenders to find the back of the net with 7 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Gillian Bonass, off a pass from Eliza Loller, scored the locals’ other goal with just under five and a half minutes to play. Her shot was the hardest of the day for either team.

The Trojans were coming off their own one-sided victory, 15-0, the day before at Wicomico High School. 

After building a 9-0 lead at halftime, they did what they could to help keep the score down — offensive and defensive players swapping positions, concentrating on the fundamentals of throwing and catching and cutting, and taking only wide-open shots.

Scoring was distributed among 11 players. Loller, Mackey, Mary Jane Joiner and Drew Davis each scored twice. Bonass, Cleary, Myers, Carly King, Taylor Strong, McKenna Messick and Addisyn Litton each contributed one goal.

Bonass was credited with two assists. Joiner, Myers, Davis, Messick and Emma Morris the goalie also had assists.

The Trojans are 2-6, matching last year’s win total.

There are four games remaining in the regular season.

“They really have come a long way,” said Jessie Bonass, who is the first-year head coach.

What’s next: Kent County is home Wednesday, April 24 against James M. Bennett of Salisbury. Game time is 5 p.m.


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