But the girls lacrosse team, a young group overall, quickly had to learn to cope with real life at its most difficult, and, with a maturity beyond their years, renewed their drive, their desire, and played for one of their own, becoming #SavannahStrong.
Freshman Savannah Wood was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in March just after the start of the season. For some, that would be a distraction on the field. Not for Patrick Henry. They redoubled their efforts and, not long after the diagnosis, the Patriots went to rival Hanover and picked up their first win over the Hawks.
What did they do to celebrate? They immediately found a phone, got on FaceTime with Savannah, and gave her the good news. To the team, Savannah was just as much a part of the victory as the player who scored the winning goal.
Those of us who were at Hanover High School that evening won't soon forget the love and compassion shown by Patrick Henry girls lacrosse, as they took the lead in teaching a school, and a community, how to be #SavannahStrong.
CLICK HERE to get updates on Savannah and learn how you can help her and her family. The video below is postgame just after the Hanover win.