Per­ryville up­ends Tome in playoff primer

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

The Per­ryville boys’ lacrosse team be­lieves that the best op­por­tu­ni­ties to score come dur­ing chaotic sit­u­a­tions such as the pe­riod of play right af­ter a draw, fol­low­ing a turnover or dur­ing a switch be­tween de­fense to of­fense.

That proved to be true for the Pan­thers on Wed­nes­day, as they scored sev­eral goals off the tran­si­tion in a 14-5 non-con­fer­ence vic­tory over vis­it­ing Tome in their reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale, giv­ing them mo­men­tum head­ing into the play­offs.

“Our de­fense just locked them down and our goalie made some great saves. Travis (Re­hbein) right be­hind him was win­ning face­offs. We were get­ting a lot of tran­si­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Per­ryville ju­nior at­tack­man Nick Roberts said. “When­ever you have un­set­tled sit­u­a­tions, you should score.

PER­RYVILLE—

Rock­fish?

We prac­tice that a lot.”

The Pan­thers (8-4) con­trolled the game in the first half, build­ing a 6-2 lead over the Ti­tans af­ter 24 min­utes of play. Roberts led the way with two goals over that span, while Lane John­son, Drew Crouse, Ryan Bedard and Mark Woods added one goal apiece.

It was dur­ing the third quar­ter that Per­ryville put the game out of reach. Tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the tran­si­tion game, it be­gan to gen­er­ate more scor­ing chances, re­sult­ing in a 5-1 run in the frame to in­crease its lead over Tome to 11-3. Roberts proved to be the main ben­e­fi­ciary of those chances as he scored four of the Pan­thers’ five goals in the pe­riod.

Per­ryville cruised to vic­tory in the fourth quar­ter by outscor­ing Tome 3-2 in the frame.

“We were able to get some kids some play­ing time to­day. We did a lot of good things to­day. I thought we cre­ated a

Where have all the rock­fish gone? Ex­cel­lent ques­tion. Don’t know the an­swer. To tell the truth, usu­ally there are cer­tain guys who will see me to lie about how many fish they are catch­ing, but not this year. They have stories rang­ing from “there were so many yel­low perch the river was gold; you could walk on their backs” to “you couldn’t cast with­out catch­ing at least one rock­fish.” Both these ex­am­ples were when there were no yel­low perch to catch and very few rock­fish above the Bay Bridge.

This year no­body has even lied to me. Add to this the fact that very few peo­ple have even seen a rock­fish in our area, let alone caught one.

Why not? Or­di­nar­ily, rock­fish fol­low the her­ring and the perch. They come in March and leave be­fore May. This year it wasn’t worth get­ting out your boat to try to catch one up here. Yes, you could still go for a boat ride, and any day on the wa­ter is a good one. Nei­ther one qualifies as fish­ing. lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties. I would have liked for us to shoot the ball a lit­tle bit better,” Per­ryville coach Chris Soper said. “Over­all, I felt like the ef­fort was there. I felt like we played hard. Get­ting Ray (Woods) back was a big help. It was his first game back in some time. He just brings an en­ergy to our team, and I think that helps us for sure com­ing into next week.”

The Pan­thers re­cieved six goals and four as­sists from Roberts, two goals and two as­sists from Nick Ports and a goal and four as­sists from Woods in his re­turn to the lineup as the team pre­pares to com­pete into the 2A-1A East Re­gion play­offs.

“I think it’s a huge con­fi­dence boost be­cause we have a lot of younger play­ers. We only have four se­niors,” Soper said. “I think with this win tonight and every­body play­ing well, it’ll just add a lit­tle more con­fi­dence and help our play next round.”

Greg Leonard scored twice while Mark LoPresto, Austin Chavis and Joe Llewellyn added one goal each for the Ti­tans.

So, if you want to catch a rock­fish, go south, young man.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Per­ryville ju­nior at­tack­man Nick Roberts looks to pass dur­ing his team’s 14-5 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Tome in non-con­fer­ence boys’ lacrosse ac­tion on Wed­nes­day.

SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

Tim Ewing holds up the 37-inch muskie he caught last week near the Old Conowingo Boat Launch.

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