The coronavirus has claimed much destruction in 2020. It has spawned stories of death, tragedy and economic ruin. But there've been secondary casualties as well. One glance at Woodinville's lacrosse schedule tells a tale. Every game has a line drawn through it. This was the result of the season being cancelled on April 6, when Washington Governor Jay Inlsee announced that schools would be closed until at least September.
The Falcons had managed to get two weeks of practice in to that point. But head coach Pete Crowley had seen the writing on the wall.
"We have Coach [Kelly] Clinch as a coach, and he's also a surgeon at Harborview," Crowley said. "So just keeping in touch with him and watching things on the news, we knew things were pretty grim."
On the same day as Inslee's announcement, Crowley organized a team meeting via Zoom. He gazed at his screen and all the kids looking back at him. He proceeded to deliver the bad news, that there would be no 2020 season. Included in the sea of disappointed faces were five seniors: Korey Delisle, Jack Healy, Jarek Sidlinger, Brody Milbrodt and Matt Armstrong.
"The thing I haven't enjoyed is looking the seniors in the face and giving them the news that unfortunately they don't get the chance to compete this year," Crowley said. "That was a really hard part, especially after coaching these kids for so long. Everything now is trying to create more opportunities to get them back together before they head off to college. To do the best I can for them for all the hard work they've put in through the years."
Crowley is keeping his fingers crossed that some form of competition will be available for the players this summer.
"We're looking to schedule games with people as things progress," he said. "To see when we're allowed to gather in a large enough group to hold even a game... Taking it day-by-day to see when fields are available. [There is] lots of planning behind the scenes and lots of chatter of what we can and can't do. So we're waiting to see what happens."
Crowley shut down his personal construction business on March 14. He has been homebound with his family ever since.
"Everything is pretty surreal," he said. "Not having the [usual] traffic. I've had the luxury of keeping the family safe and provide for my daughter and [homeschool] her while my wife works remotely from home. I've tried to do a couple drives here and there to get the kid out of the house and keep mental sanity and see what the world looks like out there. I made one drive to get some pick-up [food] at The Pizza Coop. I really love all the support they've given to all things Woodinville."