War­riors make quick work of the Cougars

Leonard has three goals, two oth­ers with two each

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

In a con­test in­volv­ing ri­val squads from Charles County that boast far more un­der­class­men than se­niors, the host La Plata High School girls lacrosse team gained con­trol of the game early and was never threat­ened by vis­it­ing Thomas Stone en route to an 8-2 vic­tory on Wed­nes­day in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion con­test.

LaPlata (3-2, 2-0 Po­tomac) got three goals in the first 16 min­utes from sopho­more Mor­gan Leonard and se­nior Hope Sine and sopho­more Madi­son Cur­tis each added two goals to lead the War­riors to the handy tally. Stone (0-6, 0-1) got one goal each from Vic­to­ria Sis­son and Danielle Fri­a­son.

From the out­set of Wed­nes­day’s game, LaPlata gained the up­per hand at its most crit­i­cal junc­ture — the draw con­trol. Sopho­more Kait­lyn Fitz­im­mons got the bet­ter of Stone’s Igura Rehman to win most of the draws,

oc­ca­sion­ally catch­ing the lofted ball in flight. Fitz­im­mons had one goal and an as­sist, but her main con­tri­bu­tion oc­curred at the draw.

“The key is just to be stronger than you op­po­nent,” said Fitzsim­mons, who also played soc­cer for the school last fall. “You just have to be ready for the draw and faster and stronger than your op­po­nent. We ex­e­cuted re­ally well on of­fense to­day. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to fac­ing McDonough on Fri­day (a road con­test sched­uled for 6 p.m.). They’re our main ri­val.”

While La Plata only has five se­niors on the ros­ter and one of them is cur­rently side­lined with an in­jury, Stone has only three se­niors and a bevy of un­der­class­men. Their youth and in­ex­pe­ri­ence showed early on Wed­nes­day when Cougars turnovers en­abled the

War­riors to get sev­eral easy goals in tran­si­tion, but Stone coach Richard Cal­la­han was op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture.

“We’re re­ally young,” Cal­la­han said. “I have a lot of juniors and sopho­mores play­ing right now. The best part is they’re learn­ing. They’re will­ing to learn. We don’t have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, but it’s some­thing that we’ll have to play through.”

Leonard tal­lied her hat trick in the first 16 min­utes, twice slic­ing through the Cougars de­fense with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Sine scored her first of two goals mid­way through the first half to give the hosts a 3-0 lead. Then af­ter Sis­son pro­vided the lone tally of the half for the Cougars with 6 min­utes 43 sec­onds re­main­ing, Cur­tis notched her first goal of the day.

Mid­way through the sec­ond half, Stone got on the board first when Fri­a­son scored to nar­row the Cougars’ deficit to 5-2. But La Plata coun­tered two min­utes later when Fitzsim­mons

notched her only goal of the day and Cur­tis and Sine fol­lowed in the late stages of the sec­ond half with their sec­ond goals each.

“I def­i­nitely think we have a re­ally good team this year,” said Sine, who plays for the South­ern Mary­land Rev­o­lu­tion and plans to at­tain a nurs­ing de­gree in col­lege. “Kait­lyn does a great job at the draw. She sets the tone for our of­fense. Mor­gan is re­ally good. Now we’re def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to fac­ing McDonough on Fri­day.”

La Plata coach Wendy Wal­ston also cred­ited her de­fense, which en­abled goalie Hal­lie Red­ding to limit the Cougars to only two goals while record­ing seven saves. Her coun­ter­part, Bre Sawall, was nearly as ef­fec­tive post­ing nine saves while get­ting con­sid­er­ably less sup­port from her de­fend­ers.

Stone is sched­uled to host North Point at 5:30 p.m. to­day.


Thomas Stone mid­fielder Danielle Fri­a­son looks to avoid a La Plata de­fender in the first half of their South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence con­test on Wed­nes­day. Fri­a­son scored a goal in the sec­ond half, but the Cougars fell to the host War­riors 8-2 in their Po­tomac Divi­sion clash.

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