BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
The O’Fallon Outlaws run in the Indian Prairie Showdown in Naperville, Illinois this past week took a scary and unfortunate turn during their second game of the tournament. Head Coach Jimmy Greene put a stop to the contest after four of the girls suffered injuries that would force them out of the rest of the event.
“It simply got out of hand,” Greene told the Weekly. “I’ve been coaching for a long time and I don’t think I have ever even considered forfeiting. But this was a matter of safety, and those girls’ safety is my main priority. I had to put a stop to it.”
Of the injuries, one was a head injury, one was a right foot fracture, one was a chest contusion, and the other was a right wrist contusion.
This resulted in the loss of four starters for the rest of the tournament, and the sudden and unexpected loss of depth was detrimental to the Outlaws’ collective results. O’Fallon took down Team Total Michigan 7-6 in the first game, before dropping their second game in controversial fashion to the Cincy Royals 10-3.
The Outlaw’s struggles began in earnest after their second game, where, without four of their regulars, they dropped three straight games.
Bandits Select Lacrosse got the best of O’Fallon in convincing fashion with a 13-3 decision before the Outlaws fell 8-4 to Michigan Elite Blue. The last loss came against Team Total Michigan in a 6-5 score, knocking O’Fallon out of the Consolation Bracket.
“It’s tough because we lost four starters,” said Greene. “But I’m really proud of those underclassmen. They stepped up, fought hard, and made the rest of us very proud out there. They got an opportunity and they made the most out of it.”
The Outlaws will finish their summer in O’Fallon with a doubleheader on Saturday at O’Fallon Public Safety Field, starting at 10 a.m. against the Scarlet Hawks, with the final game of the summer coming against Northwest High at noon.