Perryville upends Tome in playoff primer
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.
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.
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.
Tim Ewing holds up the 37-inch muskie he caught last week near the Old Conowingo Boat Launch.