Seek­ing suc­cess

CSM men’s lax look­ing for re­spect; women’s team play­ing club sched­ule By TED BLACK

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After open­ing the sea­son with a set­back at Delaware Tech Com­mu­nity Col­lege, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land men’s lacrosse team could be ex­cused for down­play­ing its ex- pec­ta­tions this spring. But the Hawks hardly seemed phased at last week’s me­dia day ses- sion, com­ing be­fore Satur­day’s 11-6 win over Brook­dale Com- mu­nity Col­lege (N.J.).

CSM first-year head coach Steven Foote and a trio of his play­ers, sopho­more Bran­don King (a Chop­ti­con High School grad­u­ate from Me­chan­icsville) and fresh­men Greg Gae­tano (a Leonard­town High School grad­u­ate from Leonard­town) and Ron­drell Mar­shall (a Lack- ey High School grad­u­ate from In­dian Head) be­gan fo­cus­ing on the task at hand.

“We have a lot of young kids on the team this sea­son,” said Foote, not­ing that King is one of only three re­turn­ing play­ers along with Richard D’Alessan­dro (a North Point High School grad­u­ate from In­dian Head) and Jor­dan How­ells (a Lackey High School grad­u­ate from In­dian Head). “All but three of the play­ers are fresh­men. That open­ing game at Delaware Tech did not go the way we would have liked, but we still have high goals for the team this sea­son.”

CSM (1-1 over­all after Satur- day’s win) led Delaware Tech 2-1 after the open­ing quarter in its Feb. 25 opener, but the hosts forged a 10-4 half­time lead and then took a com­mand­ing 18-8 ad­van­tage into the fourth quar- ter. How­ells led the Hawks with three goals, while Greg Havens (a Chop­ti­con High School grad­u­ate from Mechan- icsville) and Kenny Barnes (a Chop­ti­con High School grad­u­ate from Me­chan­icsville) each scored twice.

“Our main goal is to go out and score as many goals as we can and win as many games we we can,” said King, who scored one goal in the Delaware Tech set­back, as did fresh­men Gae­tano, An­drew Nagel (a West­lake High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf), Colton Risor (a Leonard­town High School grad­u­ate from Leonard­town) and Quint Bur­roughs (a DeMatha High School grad­u­ate from Swan Point). “I play at­tack, so my goal is to score as many goals as I can. It’s a learn­ing curve, espe­cially for the fresh­men. They have to be brought up to speed on how much faster the col­lege game is than in high school.”

In its home opener Satur­day ver­sus Brook­dale, CSM outscored the vis­i­tors 6-1 in the third quarter to pull away for the win.

Riser fin­ished with three goals and two as­sists, while Kevin Holmes (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Hunt­ing­town) added two goals and three as­sists. King had three goals, Bur­roughs con­trib­uted two goals and an as- sist and How­ells fin­ished with three as­sists.

Gae­tano and Mar­shall have no­ticed the dif­fer­ence in speed and skill level from the high school level to the col- lege game. Both were quick to put the open­ing set­back be­hind them and look to­ward fu­ture games.

“As an at­tacker, I would like to be able to score more goals,” Gae­tano said. “We have a lot of fresh­men on the team and most of them played in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. It prob­a­bly took a week to get ad­justed to play­ing with a lot of guys that I was used to play­ing against in high school. But we’re all here on the same team with the same goals.”

“As a de­fender, I want to pro­tect my goalie and make sure the other teams get few- er scor­ing chances,” Mar­shall said. “The game is def­i­nitely a lot faster in col­lege than what I was used to in high school. But it makes you work harder. You have to be faster and stronger. For me, the ideal game is not al­low­ing any­one on the other team to get any qual­ity shots on my goalie.”

Club sta­tus for CSM women’s lax

While the CSM men’s lacrosse team has al­ready em­barked on its var­sity sea­son, the Hawks women opted to play at the club level this spring due to a smaller, less ex­pe­ri­enced ros­ter.

First-year head coach Doug Ot­ten has only one sopho­more on the ros­ter with prior play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Kat­lyn Per­menter (a North­ern High School grad­u­ate from Owings) and a bevy of fresh­men, in­clud­ing daugh­ter Rylee Ot­ten, a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from La Plata.

“I think with so many younger play­ers, espe­cially so many that are new to the sport, it was best that we be­come a club team this spring,” Ot­ten said. “We have some girls that had never played the sport prior to this sea­son and Kat­lyn was our only re­turn­ing player.”

Ot­ten noted that fresh­man Kayla Bobo (a Hunt­ing­town High School from Ch­e­sa­peake Beach) was in­stru­men­tal in re­cruit­ing play­ers onto the cur­rent squad, in­clud­ing Amy Chaf­fee (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Prince Fred­er­ick), Kayla Get­gen (a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from Char­lotte Hall), Ak­i­lah Stro­man, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate from White Plains who played two sea­sons of bas­ket­ball at CSM, and goal­keeper Car­rie Love­joy, 40, a New­burg res­i­dent and the team’s old­est fresh­man player.

“When it was ob­vi­ous that we were go­ing to be short on play- ers, I started post­ing an­nounce­ments on so­cial me­dia try­ing to get girls here to come and play for the team,” Bobo said. “I’m glad that we have a team and we can play a club sched­ule. A lot of the girls are new to lacrosse, but they come to prac­tice ready to learn about the game.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF COL­LEGE OF SOUTH­ERN MARY­LAND

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land men’s lacrosse team, un­der first-year head coach Steven Foote, is 1-1 after an 11-6 win over Brook­dale (N.J.) on Satur­day.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land women’s lacrosse sopho­more Ak­i­lah Stro­man (a St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate from White Plains), head coach Doug Ot­ten and fresh­man Kayla Bobo (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Ch­e­sa­peake Beach) took part in CSM spring sports me­dia day ear­lier this month at the La Plata cam­pus. The Hawks will play a club sched­ule this sea­son as the squad looks to add play­ers and build ex­pe­ri­ence with the cur­rent group.

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