Stone boys lax loses to Calvert

Maryland Independent - - Spreading The Wealth - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­ Twit­ter: @SOMDhab­s­fan

On a dark, cloudy and rainy Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Calvert’s of­fense shined brightly as the host Cava­liers rolled to a 22-2 win over Thomas Stone in a Class 3A-2A East Re­gion Sec­tion II quar­ter­fi­nal game.

The fourth-seeded Cava­liers (8-7 over­all) will travel to North­ern on Fri­day to face the top-seeded Pa­tri­ots in a Sec­tion II semi­fi­nal game.

“We know it’s go­ing to be a tough game,” Calvert head coach Cliff Hun­sicker said, “and hope­fully we’ll be a lit­tle more com­pet­i­tive against the top team in the SMAC.”

SMAC cham­pion North­ern de­feated its county ri­vals to the south Calvert 16-2 in a reg­u­lar sea­son game on April 26.

“We have the ta­lent, the ex­pe­ri­ence to be able to keep up,” Calvert senior at­tack Alexan­der Os­burn said. “We just have to keep our passes up and our throw­ing game good, and I think if we hus­tle, we can stay with them.”

Calvert wasted no time jump­ing on the board against Stone when Bryce Stargel scored off a fast break 13 sec­onds into the open­ing quar­ter. Robert Har­ris and ju­nior var­sity call-up Caleb Hostetler later added goals 12 sec­onds apart to put the Cava­liers ahead 3-0 and they never looked back.

Calvert held an 11-0 lead af­ter the first quar­ter and a 16-2 ad­van­tage at half­time.

Isa­iah Roberts and Kevin Cur­tis led the at­tack with five goals each and Con­nor Glea- son fin­ished with three goals. Jor­dan Jal­loh scored twice and Hostetler, Stargel, Hunter Sloan, Ian Healey, Con­nor Ficke, An­drew Jones and Robert Har­ris each added sin­gles.

The Cougars (2-12) re­ceived two goals from Ni­cholas DiGio­van­nan­to­nio. Stone also played three goalies.

“They over­pow­ered us ath­let­i­cally and in sheer num­bers,” Stone head coach Adam Lowe said. “We came out and played hard, but ath­let­i­cally those guys just have way more ex­pe­ri­ence than we have.”

The Cougars fin­ished the sea­son with five straight losses.

“From March 1 to now the kids played hard,” Lowe said. “I think this is the first time in eight years I’ve had no kids quit. Ev­ery­body stayed the whole sea­son, ev­ery­body played tough so it’s one of the best groups of guys I’ve had.”

“It was a re­ally fun sea­son; it didn’t turn out as well record-wise but team-wise ev­ery­one got along and worked re­ally well to­gether,” DiGio­van­nan­to­nio said. “It was a lot of fun to play with th­ese guys in my last sea­son. Our goalie Troy [Robin­son] got 10 times bet­ter than he was and with a lit­tle en­cour­age­ment from the team he played great, Rasaun [Breaux] was new and all th­ese new play­ers we had from foot­ball and basketball [went from] not know­ing how to cra­dle to start­ing, so it was a re­ally good sea­son in that case.”

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