Spring Sports Success at Burgundy!
The Blazers sprung into action with three solid sports programs; a girls lacrosse team making HERstory, stellar stick skills by our boys team and tennis rallies galore! Special thanks to our maintenance team for helping to prepare the field for games and training sessions, and to Geraldine for assisting us with athletic transportation and emergency preparedness. Shout-out to our Burgundy community and coaches for providing our student-athletes with awesome opportunities to learn much more than the game!
The 2019 Burgundy boys lacrosse team enjoyed a fun and successful season, ending with 4 consecutive victories to finish 4-2.
With only two 8th graders, defenseman Mikiyas and middie Charlie, the bulk of the team was 6th and 7th graders, many of them first or second year lacrosse players. New 7th grader Oliver, who found himself playing in the goal, an arrangement we hoped might be temporary, deserves special mention, and he became an outstanding goalie. 7th grader Chazz, like Mikiyas, was an exceptional first year defenseman and also made many speedy clears into the offensive end. 7th grade veterans Nicholas, Graham, and Darius were very strong on midfield and attack, Jackson and sixth grader Sam played well on defense, Dante, another 7th grader, played some attack, and new 6th grader Gabe was a star on offense (attack and midfield). Other sixth graders also played key roles: Cade started most games on attack and was a tough, aggressive player. Kevin also made a lot of contributions on offense, as did Brandon playing in the midfield. Emil and Benjamin saw a good amount of action at attack, and Alex, who was available for only a portion of the season, showed promise as a midfielder, and we have our eye on him as a future potential goalie as well.
Coach Jared was a great coach in his first year coaching lacrosse. Parents as always were very supportive, and we're so grateful. The team had impressive wins versus Trinity and Congressional after tough losses to Sidwell and St. Ignatius and enjoyed mixed-team quasi-scrimmages with Edlin and Barnesville when it was clear they could not field a competitive team against us. Most important we improved a lot, individually as well as collectively in basic skills and in team strategy and had lots of fun over our short season.
Our Girls Lacrosse team made history with their inaugural spring season. This was the first time the girls were able to stick together and with a strong team nucleus the future is bright for girls lax!
Our team roster was comprised of eighteen 7th and 6th graders who demonstrated passion and pride from day one. Our players were committed from the season start on March 26 and developed stick skills, team cohesion and a deeper understanding of the game. We are so proud of how invested they were to building the foundation for our new program and their receptivity to learning a new sport! The practice attendance rate was almost 90% throughout the entire season. With the help of Elizabeth Nibley, a former collegiate women’s lacrosse player and Emily Jonas, sports extraordinaire, we taught the proper fundamentals, including cradling, passing, checking and transitioned into dynamic tactical play.
We made our historical season debut with a road trip to Bethesda where we faced an experienced Holton-Arms squad. After a taste, our players were hungry for more game play! We traveled to Falls Church to face another non-league opponent in Congressional for what was an epic game! History happened again as we found the back of the net – scoring not one, not two, but three goals! Our season wrapped up with a unique atmosphere as we teamed up against Barnesville and did a combined scrimmage and our players had a chance to represent on their home field!
We are excited to expand the program next season with more games, and training sessions and want to thank our families, community and most importantly our players for making this program stick for good! Girls lacrosse is here to stay! #sticksup
The Burgundy Coed Tennis team made tons of “racket” in year two! The 2019 spring tennis roster was comprised of twenty-eight passionate student-athletes who played with pride every Thursday on the court. The tennis Blazers opened their season with a friendly match against ABC league opponent Green Hedges. We tried a few different match formats this year: timed matches, first to four and playing a total of four games (only continuing if tied 2-2). The matches gave players a glimpse of what a high school match feels like and a chance to serve/receive, practice proper etiquette and implement doubles tactics.
Our season featured eight training sessions, three team matches, excellent volleys, and fierce footwork. Our program philosophy focused on developing the fundamentals of the game, improving our service game and establishing solid communication on the court. The season finale featured a marquee match-up with Edlin. On a four-court venue we played some grueling doubles and singles matches and took home the match victory. Our tennis Blazers demonstrated outstanding play by extending rallies and leaving their efforts and hearts out on the court.
Special thanks to Coach Paige for assisting our squad in back-to-back seasons! Shout-out to our players—nothing faulty about their LOVE of the game! Thanks for rallying together to keep a lifetime sport on the court! #racketrules