Panthers defeat Wildcats, win area


Katie Johnson

Junior Ethan Bramblett moves the ball up the field. Fellow junior Andersen Cardoza led the team in scoring with five goals.

Mateya Petrova, Staff Writer

Starr’s Mill Panthers boys lacrosse dominated the Whitewater Wildcats on Tuesday night, winning 17-3. The win secures the area’s top spot for the Panthers.

Junior Anderson Cardoza led the team with five goals. Junior Taylor Ratinaud scored four times and junior Conor Stone had a hat trick of his own. Fellow juniors Ethan Bramblett, Josh Murdock, and Kaden Smith, sophomore Henry Pettit, and freshman Tanner Via each scored a goal.

Starr’s Mill went up 2-0 in the first three minutes of the game. Whitewater cut the lead in half before junior Anderson Cardoza scored twice and increased the lead to 4-1.   

In the second quarter, Starr’s Mill scored five consecutive goals. Ratinaud scored twice, while Stone, Murdock, and Pettit each added a goal. The Panthers led 9-1 at halftime.

“Rivalry is always good games,” head coach Jeff Schmidlkofer said.“[Whitewater] coach Rod does a good job. They have a good team. We were just a little bit better tonight, a little bit more solid.”

Starr’s Mill netted six goals in the third quarter to seemingly put the game out of reach at 15-1.

In the final quarter, Stone and Ratinaud added to the lead, while Whitewater scored twice. At the final horn, the Panthers defeated the Wildcast 17-3 and sealed the area’s top spot.  

“Our team has been working on moving the ball fast, working off ball, our cuts and just playing together as a team,” Ratinaud said. 

No games are scheduled for the Panthers over spring break. Starr’s Mill hosts McIntosh on April 10.