NORTH EAST — The season, and its end, did not go the way the Rising Sun boys’ lacrosse team wanted, but it went down fighting.
Junior attacker Ben Ehrhart scored nine goals and handed out four assists for 13 points, but it wasn’t enough as the third-seeded Tigers fell to No. 6 Harford Tech 16-14 in a closely contested 2A East Region Section I Quarterfinal.
“This year hasn’t been what myself or any of the guys hoped for,” admitted Ryan Crouse, in his first year as Tigers head coach. “These guys really showed a whole lot of heart the second half of the season – they never gave up, always fought back.”
Rising Sun (4-9) held a 3-1 lead early in the first quarter, but a six-goal run keyed by Harford Tech midfielder Caleb Richardson gave the Cobras a 7-4 lead after one.
Ehrhart led a 5-3 second-quarter run to pull the Tigers within one, but Richardson led another Cobra burst to take a 15-11 lead early in the fourth quarter. Ehrhart countered with three more goals to pull Rising Sun back to within a goal, but Harford Tech was able to hold on. Crouse explained what made Ehrhart one of the best players in Cecil County this season.
“He’s a rare talent, period,” Crouse said. “You want to talk about a workhorse? He is drenched in sweat every game. The kid works harder than anyone I’ve seen.”
Ehrhart recorded his 100th career goal earlier in the season.
“We were just running our offense like we’ve done all year,” Ehrhart said. “Our team’s really close, we condition hard in practice so we can have the legs for games like this. We just couldn’t finish tonight.”
Drew Opp also recorded a hat trick for Rising Sun and goalkeeper Hunter Kennedy stopped 13 shots for the Tigers.