Cougars, Rams go out­side of SMAC

Boys lax teams com­pete in Stone-hosted tour­na­ment

Maryland Independent - - Sports - AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­


The Thomas Stone boys lacrosse team hosted a four-team tour­na­ment that con­sisted of county foe McDonough, Mont­gomery’s County North­wood and Anne Arun­del County out­fit Glen Burnie on Satur­day.

In a tour­na­ment that gave all four teams the chance to face dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tion out­side of their league or con­fer­ence, Satur­day proved to be not only a tough test but a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence coun­ter­parts Stone and McDonough.

Each team played twice on the day. The Cougars lost to Glen Burnie, 21-2, then to North­wood, 12-2.

“It’s a good chance for us to play out­side of SMAC and helps us gain ex­pe­ri­ence against teams that are bet­ter than us,” said Stone head coach Adam Lowe, whose team dropped to 0-3 over­all on the sea­son. “We are gain­ing game ex­pe­ri­ence. This is only our third game now, so we have about nine more games in the con­fer­ence to play. We are go­ing to take it week by week and keep on im­prov­ing.”

McDonough (2-2) col­lected its first losses of the sea­son, fall­ing to North­wood 9-6 in the first game and 18-2 ver­sus Glen Burnie.

“I think our starters hung well with the two teams that we faced. We just lacked depth and ex­pe­ri­ence at the lower lines,” McDonough head coach Michael Fer­riter said. “We know that these schools were big­ger than us, so we didn’t ex­pect to win these games, but we did ex­pect to be com­pet­i­tive and we were.”

Though fall­ing big against a Glen Burnie team ( 2- 1) that fea­tured a fast and high- pow­ered of­fen­sive at­tack, scor­ing a com­bined 39 goals int its two wins on the day, McDonough did much bet­ter in its first game ear­lier in the day against North­wood.

In that game, the Rams took an early 2-0 lead, but North­wood led 5-3 at half­time, an ad­van­tage it would not re­lin­quish for the rest of the game.

Lead­ing McDonough of­fen­sively were se­nior at­tack­ers Alec Cabr­era and Nick Lev­erich with two goals each, while seniors Alex Gil­lis­sen and Darin Gard­ner added one goal each in the los­ing ef­fort.

In the Glen Burnie loss, Cabr­era and Damion Hock each scored a goal.

“In the first game, we had a lot of penal­ties and gave up too many short- handed goals and it just de­flated us for the sec­ond game,” Fer­riter said. “We weren’t as ready and ex­cited in the sec­ond game and that just comes with the ex­pe­ri­ence. Ev­ery­one knows that Anne Arun­del County and Mont­gomery County schools are very good. But we got ev­ery­one to play, we have eight seniors, so we got some un­der­class­men to play.”

Fol­low­ing its loss to Glen Burnie, things did not get any eas­ier for Stone ver­sus North­wood, which had a fast of­fen­sive at­tack and was very phys­i­cal.

North­wood (3-1) took a 4-0 lead in the first quar­ter and led 6-0 at half­time. In the third quar­ter, the Cougars still trailed 8-2, but Nick DiGio­van­nan­to­nio scored both of Stone’s goals in the pe­riod.

“Ob­vi­ously we wanted to win, but we faced two tough out of county teams, so this was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for us,” said DiGio­van­nan­to­nio. “We just have to keep on putting in a lot of work. This tour­na­ment just lets us know how much we need to im­prove.”

“Like all the teams today, we are all build­ing try­ing to raise the com­mu­nity, with lacrosse, North­wood head coach James Potts said. “This was good for us and I know the Thomas Stone coach pretty well and owed him a trip down here and he was able to put a tour­na­ment to­gether.”

Potts said that af­ter the 1 1/2-hour drive to Stone it took his team awhile to loosen up early in the first game, but they were to be pro­duc­tive.

“I don’t know if we were a lit­tle sleepy or tired, but once we got rolling we re­ally saw what our po­ten­tial could be,” he said.


Stone’s Jalen Pay­ton, left, is de­fended by North­wood’s Ro­bel Amare on Satur­day at the Cougars’-hosted tour­na­ment on Satur­day. North­wood won the con­test 12-2.

Glen Burnie se­nior Chad Al­brecht, left, and McDonough se­nior Billy Edge bat­tle for a face-off in the first half of Satur­day’s boys lacrosse tour­na­ment con­test at Thomas Stone. Glen Burnie won the con­test 18-2.

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