Underdog Chili Peppers Complete Cinderella Run To Title
To call the Green Hot Chili Peppers Peewee boys lacrosse teams chances at winning the Green Hornets Big Dog Tournament championship a long shot would be a gross understatement.
At just 2-12-1 by seasons end, the Chili Peppers were at the bottom of the league and needed to win a play-in game just to crack the eight-team tournament field. Anyone could be forgiven for expecting the play-in to be the final time the boys suited up this season, but the Chili Peppers had other plans, winning the play-in game on May 22 to grab the tournaments final seed. With no expectations on them, the Chili Peppers turned around two days later and knocked off their first-round playoff opponent. A dismal season followed by two playoff wins and, just like that, the Chili Peppers were in the semifinals. Surely the run would end there, though, as the competition would only get tougher.
However, having crashed the tournament party, it turned out the Chili Peppers had no intentions of leaving quietly. After a week of practice, the boys came together to pull off the huge upset over their semifinal opponent on May 29 at Severna Park High School. With booming confidence and unstoppable momentum, the Chili Peppers moved on to the Big Dog championship game on May 31 at Severn School. It was close throughout, but the Chili Peppers took a 3-2 lead into halftime and held on for a 5-4 win, completing their unbelievable run to the championship.
It was a frustrating season for sure, said Coach Jeff Boomer. Yet, in the end, we came together as a unit, applied what we had learned all season, and marched straight to victory.
The Chili Peppers received outstanding play throughout the tournament from the entire roster of Jack Caruso, Connor Higgins, Chase Reddish, Johnathan Greim, Aaron DiLorenzo, Parker Boomer, Zachary Henstrand, Jack Suski, Sam Carroll, Colton Beall, Sean Murray, Connor McGrath, Synjon Bushnell, Connor Starks, Jonah Fogle and Brian Whipps. They are coached by Jeff Boomer, Paul Intlekofer and Shawn Suski.
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