WAKE FOREST — Heritage downed Garner 16-1 in a cold, rainy match Tuesday to send the Huskies into spring break on a bright note.
Both teams were 1-4 heading into the match, but Heritage coach James Riedel was not bothered by the Huskies’ record.
“It just means we played some really good competition. Enloe, Broughton, Ravenscroft and Leesville are some very good teams,” he said. “We made some mistakes in the Enloe game with penalties. Broughton just outmatched us and so did Ravenscroft. We just caught some bad breaks. We’re a really thin team, but this win today is really putting us in the mindset that we can win and that what lies ahead is just little battles.”
Tuesday’s win was a step in the right direction for the developing program. Most of Heritage’s team started playing organized lacrosse in 9th grade, noted Riedel.
“I’m pretty excited,” Riedel said. “I think they’re very happy with how they did today. We got everybody in. Our younger kids played really well, even some of our seniors looked top notch today.”
The match was the last before heading into spring break, with the next match for Heritage coming April 7 at home versus Chapel Hill. Garner’s next match is April 7 at home versus Leesville.
“That’s when we go into the really tough part of our schedule,” Riedel said. “We have Chapel Hill when we exit [spring break]. They’re a really good lacrosse school. That’s the level of lacrosse we really want to play, and that’s the level of lacrosse that I really like. I really like that high competition.”
The upward battle the Huskies have faced this season and the team’s goals, are perhaps framed best by Riedel’s words, “There is a lot of failure on the way to success.”