As the Falcons walked off the field for the final time last year, the raw pain of the moment was on full display.
Woodinville was playing at Eastlake, in the state semifinals. A berth to the state championship hung in the balance. But the Falcons, led by
Andrew Ng, couldn’t quite pull it off. The great 2018 season, which saw Woodinville go farther than ever before, came to a wrenching finale.
“It was a tough loss,” Woodinville coach Pete Crowley said. “Emotionally and physically draining to all the players and coaches. it took two solid weeks to get over that one and reevaluate where we were at as a team.”
But after some time passed, the returning Woodinville players rolled up their sleeves and went to work.
“This off season was one of the most dedicated and hard working off seasons in our history,” Crowley said. “This team has its eye on the prize and knows what it wants to accomplish.”
The first player Crowley discussed was attacker Musa Husseini.
“We lost three seniors out of our four starting defensemen,” Crowley said, in regards to the grauduated trio of Andrew Ng, Jake Baillie and Reid Rohrich. “We’ve got one returner in Musa Husseini who was outstanding last year and has shown rapid improvement. He'll be our standout defenseman this year. We also have a sophmore goalie Nick LeDesky who played great all through fall ball.”
Crowley said that this year’s team will be different from traditional Falcon teams. This one will be stronger on offense than on defense. Notable returnees include Sam McDowell, Logan Fitzpatrick and Mason Leet.
“We've got a great senior class of midfielders and attackers,” he said. “The other team won't be quite ready for what we're going to bring out on Opening Day.”
The Woodinville Lacrosse teams, both varsity and JV, have 56 families registered. The sport continues to grow, with the Ingelmoor and Bothell programs growing wildly as well.