Too much Braves

Chop­ti­con boys lacrosse de­buts with win over McDonough

Maryland Independent - - Looking To Go Further - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

The Chop­ti­con boys lacrosse team grad­u­ated 18 play­ers from a year ago, in­clud­ing sev­eral starters from last sea­son’s 6-7 club.

In Mon­day evening’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion boys lacrosse con­test, the Braves showed how much of­fen­sive fire­power they have on the ros­ter.

Chop­ti­con’s high-oc­tane of­fense, speed and pre­ci­sion pass­ing was too much for host McDonough to over­come in a 21-3 sea­son-open­ing vic­tory in Pom­fret.

Chop­ti­con (1-0 over­all), which was dom­i­nant in win­ning face-offs and get­ting out in tran­si­tion, scored five unan­swered goals in the open­ing min­utes and took a 8-1 lead af­ter the first quar­ter.

It outscored the Rams 6-0 in the sec­ond pe­riod to take a 14-1 lead at half­time, forc­ing a run­ning clock in the sec­ond half.

The Braves also as­sisted on eight of the 21 goals in the game.

“We have big plans this sea­son,” said Chop­ti­con head coach Richard Krockow, whose team this year has just five se­niors. “In prac­tice we were play­ing of­fense ver­sus de­fense for a cou­ple of days and the of­fense took it very se­ri­ously and to­day it worked. We have a young team, but th­ese guys have been play­ing to­gether for­ever. What a great start to the sea­son, we had great scrim­mages, good scrim­mages. I’m very ex­cited for this group.”

Seven dif­fer­ent play­ers reached the scor­ing col­umn for the Braves as ju­niors Austin Gre­gory, James Sul­li­van and Von­tae Hof­fert each scored four goals.

Ju­nior at­tack­ers Jor­dan Ro­driguez and Reilly Ro­driguez each scored three goals, while se­nior Tyler Romero added two goals. Se­nior Mar­cus Pick­eral also tal­lied a goal in the win.

“We have a lot of ju­niors and some se­niors and we’ve been play­ing to­gether since we were like 5 years old,” said Gre­gory, who scored three times in the first five min­utes of the game, in­clud­ing the first goal of the game 41 sec­onds in. “We have good chem­istry and it is easy to run plays and we know where each other is on the field. It is the first game, we still have a lot to work on. To­day we just wanted to look for open cuts and ex­e­cute.”

McDonough (3-1), which suf­fered its first loss of the sea­son af­ter win­ning the first three games of 2017, in­clud­ing a pair over Bishop McNa­mara of Prince Ge­orge’s County and St. Charles at the Thomas Stone tour­na­ment on Satur­day. In the first three games, the Rams scored 53 goals, but ran into a tough test in their home opener.

“McDonough scored a ton of goals their first few games, so we knew we couldn’t come out here sleep­ing on them,” Krockow said. “We talked about it on the bus, warm­ing up and when we took the field that we couldn’t let them hang around.”

Fresh­man Brady Fer­riter and se­niors Marc Landi­cho and Gun­ner Kerig scored for the Rams.

McDonough is sched­uled to be at Patux­ent on Fri­day, while Chop­ti­con is next slated to host La Plata on Fri­day. Both con­tests are sched­uled for 6 p.m. “We could not match up with [Chop­ti­con] in tran­si­tion,” McDonough head coach Michael Fer­riter said. “We re­ally strug­gled de­fen­sively down low near the crease. Over­all, they were more ex­pe­ri­enced and lack of depth hurt us. No ques­tion Chop­ti­con was the most dif­fi­cult for us so this sea­son, but we weren’t sur­prised by the out­come.”

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