Sea­son ends for Ea­gles boys

Maryland Independent - - Spreading The Wealth - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @tam­lyn­nusa

Nine mem­bers of the Chop­ti­con boys lacrosse team found the back of the net Wed­nes­day night against the North Point Ea­gles in a 14-0 shutout win to be­gin the Class 4A-3A East Re­gion Sec­tion II play­offs. The quar­ter­fi­nal matchup was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be played at Chop­ti­con but was moved to North Point’s turf field be­cause of the rainy weather that has hit the area re­cently.

Chop­ti­con (6-6 over­all) trav­elled well and kept poised and con­trolled through­out the game as it took a 10-0 half­time lead en route to the shutout. The fourth-seeded Braves move on to the sec­tional semi­fi­nals where it will be at top-seeded An­napo­lis at 5:30 p.m. Fri­day.

Rian My­ers, Matt Sul­li­van, Colt John­son, Ty Phares and Lach­lain Schus­ter each scored two goals for the vis­i­tors. Austin Ge­or­gory, An­drew Knight, Ryan Kennedy and Con­nor Neumer each added one.

Even with the loss, the fifth-seeded Ea­gles (5-8) cel­e­brated an­other year to­gether with team chants and team pic­tures af­ter the game.

North Point head coach Stephen Sol­lo­hub said he’s seen growth in his team this sea­son.

“Our goalie, Shane [John­son] has been the heart and soul of the team for the past two years and it’s go­ing to be rough next year with­out him.

“We’ve had ups and downs this year, but the big­gest thing I want them to take out of here is you play as a team. You do it to­gether be­cause there’s no way you can do it alone. That’s the big thing and I think I failed at that one. Mo­ments of bril­liance — that’s what I can say about this team be­cause when they play to­gether, they are solid. It’s just be­cause of the lack of ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Shane John­son said he’s learned a lot from be­ing on the Ea­gles team.

“It’s been a very ex­cit­ing year. I’ve learned that noth­ing beats grit,” he said. “There are tal­ented teams and play­ers out there and you have to put it all out on the field. If you’re not play­ing with grit, it’s not go­ing to mat­ter. I feel like that’s what makes this team spe­cial.

“This night is bit­ter­sweet. It’s crazy look­ing back over the last four years and see­ing not only how far I’ve come, but the whole team.”

Prior to the boys game, the fourth-seeded North Point girls lacrosse team hosted fifth-seeded Great Mills and came away with a 18-10 vic­tory. The Ea­gles (6-7) are sched­uled to be at top-seeded Leonard­town at 5 p.m. to­day.

Ali Zedah scored nine goals for the Ea­gles, while Lia Wil­lis had five. Mor­gan Knowlan added three and Tea­gan Rohrbaugh scored one. Goalie Leah Pen­ning­ton made 10 saves.

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