HOUSTON - The senior class of 2020 had their season stolen from them.
For reasons outside of their control, they will never be able to pursue goals for which they worked so hard.
As part of a recurring segment for the remainder of this spring, coaches have the opportunity to thank their seniors one last time.
Continuing the series is Rice coach Mike Ormsby writing about his six seniors.
Concord, N.C. (Cannon School)
"The best player I have ever coached in my 21 years of coaching. He has always put the team ahead of himself, yet he led the way for his teammates to follow. Never a negative word from him, always upbeat, and accepted the challenge that anyone who played us would focus their defense on stopping him. A four-time All American, and more impressively, a four time scholar athlete."
Woodbury, N.Y. (Friends Academy)
"One of the most unselfish players I have ever coached. Playing attack, he would rather set up his teammates for success versus his own personal success on the field. He’s a typical New York kid who enjoys the battle and remains calm under the pressure. Another typical Rice student that is mature beyond his years."
Putnam Valley, N.Y. (Putnam Valley)
"The emotional team leader. No fear, just pure competitiveness. All that you want your goalie to be and then some. Always at every practice, leading all his teammates. I will miss our bond. He always assured me that he had the situation under control and he did!"
Houston, Texas (North Shore)
"A first year player as a senior. Louis was an athlete that challenged himself to play another sport and do it well. His drive to succeed was second to none. He challenged himself and myself to play him and put him under pressure. He played defensive middie, long pole, and faced off. At the end of the year, he was one of our best players."
Davidson, N.C. (Woodlawn School)
"One of two women on the Rice team. Taylor had never played lacrosse before. She stuck with it and committed to the team. She did not see much playing time, but she truly was a member of our team."
Tokyo, Japan (Keio University)
"Kai was a transfer student from Keio University in Tokyo. Kai had played lacrosse for Keio and wanted the full academic and sport experience at Rice. Kai came in and won a starting attack position and was a key contributor the entire season. I will truly miss his bubbly personality and his all out effort for the team."