This spring hasn’t gone exactly how the River Hill boys lacrosse team had imagined, but Senior Night couldn’t have turned out any better. After spending four years with the Hawks' program, the 12-member senior class collectively put on their best performance of the season in a 12-6 win over visiting Oakland Mills on Tuesday.
Leading the charge for River Hill (4-6, 5-8) offensively was senior J.T. Bostic – who recorded his second hat trick of the season. Classmates Jon Matsunaga and Tim Mitchell also stepped up on their day with two goals each.
“I think this was the best game that we’ve played all year,” Bostic said. “We started the season off slow but I think things have gotten a lot better. We’ve really come together as a team after facing a lot of adversity.”
Senior long pole defender Weston Bimstefer made sure he would never forget his final regular season home game after collecting the first goal of his career late in the fourth quarter.
“This was the most fun I’ve had all season,” Bimstefer said. “Just knowing that this was the last home game of the year, I wanted to go out with a bang. I missed my first shot by a couple of inches. On the second one I wasn’t planning on going down and scoring but the guy gave me my left hand so I had to take it.”
Matt Owens got the Hawks on the scoreboard first when he scored at the 3:48 mark of the first quarter. Bostic then scored three straight and sophomore Grant Bimstefer fired in a laser shot from 10-yards to give River Hill an early 5-0 lead.
Behind midfielder Jack Farrall, the Scorpions (1-9, 4-9) closed to within 6-3 in the third quarter. Farrall finished a high-to-high rocket before heading defenseman Jimmy Riss for an extra-man score.
But River Hill came right back eight seconds later when Taylor Caprara won the face-off and started a fast break. After a couple of pinpoint passes, Grant Bimstefer set up Zach Beard in front of the cage for a quick goal.
The Hawks stretched the lead to 8-3 entering the final quarter thanks to a goal by Matsunaga, who slipped on the wet grass but still managed to get the shot off.
Collectively, the seniors accounted for 10 of River Hill’s 12 goals on the night.
“It was awesome to have our seniors end on such a positive note at home,” River Hill coach Keith Gonsouland said. “All of our seniors have done an amazing job at being leaders. I couldn’t be more happy for those guys who have given so much to our program.”
Farrall – the top goal-scoring midfielder in the county – finished the contest with four goals and two assists for Oakland Mills.
River Hill 12, Oakland Mills 6
OM 0 1 2 3 -- 6
RH 3 2 3 4 -- 12
Goals: OM – Farrall 4, Riss, Neely; RH – Bostic 3, Matsunaga 2, Mitchell 2, G. Bimstefer, W. Bimstefer, Owens, Healy, Beard.
Assists: OM – Farrall 2; RH – Matsunaga, Mitchell, G. Bimstefer, Shulman, Malone, Sauer.
Saves: OM – Ketchum 9; RH – Khademi 5.
Halftime: River Hill, 5-1.