The situation was less than ideal. Two games, back to back, no rest.
When a team failed to show at yesterday's inaugural Glenelg Country School Lacrosse Invitational, shifting the tournament format, the host Dragons were faced with that very scenario.
And after beginning their day with a 12-6 win over St. Andrew's of Bethesda, fatigue began to take its toll, affecting nearly every aspect of their game in a 10-7 loss to Washington's Maret School.
"Toward the end of the game we were just spent," said Dragons attackman Risto Worthington. "It just kicked in after a while, and it was a gut check after that."
Glenelg (6-3) trailed the Frogs from the outset, falling behind 4-2 by early in the second quarter and 7-4 to start the third.
Although consecutive goals by Henry Johnson and Scott Zimmerly pulled the Dragons to within one, Maret (9-2) pulled away by controlling the ball for most of the final quarter.
"Fatigue definitely came into play," said Glenelg Country School coach Kevin Boland, whose team had never played back-to-back games without a rest. "I think if we had played the way the tournament was originally set up [with a sizable break in between games] it might have helped. "But we still had our chances and made some critical errors throwing the ball away."
Attackman Matt Burks led the Frogs with four goals, while teammate Jason Regis added three goals and an assist and Hamilton Shawn scored two and controlled play at midfield.
The score might have been worse if not for a stellar effort in goal by Dragons senior Kenny Clark, who made 12 saves, including several at point-blank range.
Other top performers for Glenelg included Johnson (three goals), Worthington (two goals in the game, five on the day) and Zimmerly, who after scoring four against St. Andrew's came back with another goal in the nightcap.
Maret coach Hawley Waterman, whose team also defeated St. Andrew's, 14-5, in the day's first game, said the fact that his team had a chance to rest wasn't necessarily the key factor in its final victory.
"It was tough for them to play back-to-back but sometimes it's as difficult to come off a three- or four-hour rest and play well," said Waterman. "The first half was just both teams trying to get their legs back. I think once we got them back it just came down to fundamentals, and my guys really did a good job of moving the ball around."
If nothing else, the loss will serve as a motivating factor for Glenelg, which will play host to Maret on Friday. Players say that it may take more than just fresh legs to win that game.
"The big problem we have is lack of intensity and focus," said Glenelg attackman Brad Eyre. "We tend to coast. If we can overcome that and just play four quarters of lacrosse I think that we could be undefeated."