By Vedant Muse '22
Zane Ratliff is a junior who plays lacrosse at North Cross School. He is in the class of 2022. Zane has played lacrosse since he was 11 years old back in 4th grade. He said, “Many friends on my hockey team convinced me to play.” Zane also said, “The reason why I love lacrosse so much is because it is a mixture of soccer hockey, and basketball, football.” Zane wears number 4 on the team because his favorite player growing up is Lyle Thompson.
Zane plays two key positions in lacrosse attack and midfield. Zane said, “My favorite position is attack because I love scoring and dishing out assists to my teammate. It has the physicality of football, passing like basketball, scoring like hockey, and field play like soccer.” For the past 7 years Zane has played travel lacrosse for Valley Select and VA RoughRiders. Most of the travel games are up in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania on the weekends. There are many scouts who are at the lacrosse tournaments trying to recruit players.
Covid has made things a little bit more challenging for Zane for the upcoming spring season because it is hard to find weight rooms that are open. Many fields are closed and if they are open only a certain amount of people can be on there at once. This year we are going to play a lot of teams down in North Carolina because Virginia team rules are much more stricter than North Caroline and we may have to wear masks. Zane said, “I’m happy that we are having a season, but sad because there will be less bonding time with my teammates because of covid. This year the lacrosse team will not be able to travel together on busses, and there will be less time to see each other in the hotels.
By John (Reid) Davis '22
The Raiders faced off against New Covenant earlier this week and left them in the dust. Northcross was coming off a loss going into this week's game and needed a big win to keep on track for a winning season. They were able to pull it off and improve their record to 1-1.
During the entirety of the game, Northcross was in the lead. The Final score was 41-26. Players were thrilled about the win, especially Jackson Holland, who scored a buzzer beater three pointer at the end of the third quarter. “It felt great, it really did,” said Holland. The team all celebrated with him after he sank the shot. “Holland is a first year basketball player so for him to be making plays like that is huge,” said Zach Morgan, one of Holland's teammates.
Other standout players were Zach Morgan who scored 11 points and Henry Robinson who locked down on defense and only allowed two points to be scored on him.
“To beat good teams, you need to play good defense,” said Robinson. He added, “It was a solid team win and i'm looking forward to getting back to work.”
The Raiders face Lynchburg Homeschool next week led by head coach Tyke Campbell, who also assists with coaching varsity. He splits his time between the two ensuring both teams have a successful season. Lynchburg is 2-1 and are coming off an away game victory. These two teams will be competing at Northcross School. The game will be streamed live on North Cross Athletics youtube channel. Only time will tell the result of the game and the result of the Raiders basketball season.