Col­lege of South­ern Md. fall sports teams shine

Men’s soccer elim­i­nated, while women’s soccer, volleyball still alive; Porter­field hon­ored

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­ Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

With the fall sports sea- son wind­ing to a close this week for the var­i­ous Col- lege of South­ern Mary- land squads, not all of the Hawks ath­letes will be too ea­ger to turn in their cleats or ten­nis shoes be­fore Hal­loween.

Among the bright spots for the CSM women’s soc- cer team this fall has been sophomore Alexis Porter- field, who was se­lected as the Mary­land Ju­nior Col- lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence as one of its stu­dent-ath­letes of the month for Septem­ber 2016. The Wel­come na­tive scored eight goals and added six as­sists in six games to pro­pel the Hawks to a 5-1 start, in­clud­ing a hat trick in the vic­tory over Corn- ing Com­mu­nity Col­lege of New York.

“Alexis has a rare mix of tal­ent, abil­ity and work ethic that you sel­dom find present in one player,” CSM first-year head wom- en’s soccer coach Barry McGrel­lis said. “Her con­tri- bu­tion to the team in terms of goals and as­sists this year has al­most never been a con­se­quence of be­ing in the right place at the right time, but in­stead the re­sult of her own hard work.”

Porter­field has con­tin­ued to con­trib­ute to the Hawks suc­cess in Oc­to­ber and given her rookie coach an added ap­preci- ation for her abil­i­ties and her in­stinc­tive ways of find­ing the net.

“She is a night­mare for de­fend­ers and never stops pres­sur­ing op­po­nents on the field, forc­ing mis­takes upon which her and her team­mates have con­tin­u­ally cap­i­tal­ized,” McGrel- lis added. “I couldn’t be more proud of her this sea­son. She took the high pres­sure con­cept we tried to adopt as a team and em­bod­ied it as one player. She is an ex­cel­lent exam- ple to the younger play­ers of where hard work can take you. Of course, it helps that she could play ev­ery game blind­folded and still know where the goal is.”

The CSM women’s soc- cer team (9-6, 3-5 MDJU- CO) played Thurs­day in the NJCAA Re­gion XX tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals ver­sus CCBC-Es­sex in a third-seed ver­sus sec- ond-seed matchup. The win­ner plays top-seeded Har­ford for the ti­tle at 11 a.m. Satur­day at CCBCDun­dalk. The Hawks won their last three reg­u­lar sea­son games, de­feat­ing Ce­cil 6-0 and Fred­er­ick 5-1 be­fore edg- ing Wash­ing­ton Ad­ven- tist, 3-2, on one goal each from Porter­field, El­iza- beth Sch­wenk, a North­ern High School grad­u­ate from Dunkirk, and Ju­lia Lesko, a McDonough High School grad­u­ate from La Plata.

The CSM volleyball team (15-7, 10-1) is cer- tainly peak­ing at the right time.

The Hawks went 7-2 in Oc­to­ber and won their last five matches capped by a 3-1 vic­tory over Al­le­gany on Oct. 24.

In that match, fresh­man set­ter Kiana Bopp (a North­ern High School grad­u­ate from Ch­esa- peake Beach) recorded 34 as­sists, out­side hit­ters Ashley Hall (a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from Hugh­esville) and Tay­lor Ha­gen (a Hunt­ing- town High School grad­u­ate from Hunt­ing­town) each posted 12 kills. Bopp, Brandie Todd (a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from Char­lotte Hall) and El­iz­a­beth Ra­van­cho (a West­lake High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf) each had nine digs.

The CSM men’s soccer team (7-7-1, 6-5-1) saw its 2016 sea­son come to an end in the Re­gion XX tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals on Wed­nes­day. The Hawks, the third seed, de­feated sixth-seeded Hager­stown 4-2 in the quar­ter­fi­nals on Satur­day be­fore be­ing up­ended by sec­ond-seeded Fred­er­ick, 2-0, in the semi­fi­nals.

The CSM women’s cross coun­try team will com­pete in the Re­gion XX cham­pi­onships on Satur­day morning. The Hawks did not score in meets at Hood Col­lege on Oct. 15 and at Goucher Col­lege on Oct. 8. On each oc­ca­sion, they were one of five teams that did not score.

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