Vikings fall in conference title game to Bucs
Kent Island yields early goal, then reels off 14 in a row in rout of the Vikings
CENTREVILLE — Austin Fowler wasn’t worried.
Just 72 seconds into Tuesday evening’s Bayside Conference boys’ lacrosse championship at Queen Anne’s County High, Fowler had given up a goal to Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Micah Brooks. But the Kent Island goalkeeper didn’t let it affect him, knowing his team would respond.
“I knew the offense could take care of it, and we’ve had good defense all year,” Fowler said. “I had confidence in them.” It was well-placed. The Buccaneers, fueled by five Luke Fromert goals and a first-half hat trick by Sean Mooney, reeled off 14 straight unanswered scores, cruising to a 19-3 rout of the Vikings for their fourth straight conference title.
“It was nice, yeah, to get the first one in,” C-SD coach Steve Hurley said of Brooks’s early tally; his team is now 6-6. “But I also knew there was a lot of game left.
“We didn’t play our game, and they did, they really did,” Hurley added. “They pressed it out, and kept on us all night. They wanted it.” Kent Island is now 10-2. Brooks’s goal, coming with 10 minutes, 48 seconds left in the first quarter, brought the C-SD fans to their feet. But the Buccaneers’ riposte was quick, and repetitive.
Despite losing the faceoff four of the first five occasions, the Buccaneers pressed in on the Viking attack, picking up loose ground balls and positioning their defense to be near the ball on almost every occasion.
The result, despite early struggles in the faceoff, was a 4-1 lead halfway through the first period.
“Before the game we talked a lot about coming out hot and ready to go,” Buc-
caneers head coach Davey Jones said. “Cambridge is a very well-coached team, and they’ve got some guys who can play ball.
“We talked about how, early on, we wanted to try to put this game away early,” Jones added. “And we did that, despite the early goal.”
Mike Quinn’s bounding shot with 9:25 to go in the first period found the net, tying the game. At the 7-minute mark, Brandon Galloway scored to put the Bucs ahead for good. Mooney put in his first score of the night a minute later.
Ahead 8-1 after one quarter,
the Bucs pulled ahead 12-1 by halftime, setting up a nonstop clock after the break. At one point the champs went just 12 seconds between firsthalf goals. Kent Island outshot C-SD 33-16.
Fowler shook off the first goal, he said, by “Coming in here, mind focused, one shot at a time, and keep[ing] your mind on the game.”
“Our defense was playing lockdown, and got the ball for the offense — and we just were putting the balls in the net,” Mooney said.
Fromert added five assists to go with his game-high five scores, while Mooney dished four assists. Mike Quinn had a hat trick and an assist for the victors, while Brendan Smith, Jackson Kratovil and Galloway each scored twice; midfielders Shane Slotterback and Parker Dixon added single goals. Emory Wongus scored twice for the Vikings.
Kent Island won the teams’ regular-season meeting, 19-4, on April 29.
With the playoffs set to begin today, both teams have byes, and will be hosting second-round games Friday.
The Vikings, the top seed in the 2A-1A East’s Section II, take on the winner of Kent County and Wicomico High that night at 6 p.m. The Buccaneers, in Section I of the 3A-2A East, look to begin their defense of back-to-back titles against the winner of Stephen Decatur’s game at Parkside, at 7 p.m. at Andy Schipul Stadium.