NP boys lax rolls past Stone

Ea­gles score game’s first 11 goals

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

On an over­cast, windy, chilly day when the vis­it­ing North Point High School boys lacrosse team scored the game’s first 11 goals and coasted to a 13-1 vic­tory over host Thomas Stone on April 7 in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion con­tes, Cougars se­nior goalie Troy Robin­son down­played the on­slaught as his fi­nal sea­son draws to a close.

Robin­son recorded seven saves dur­ing the course of the con­test, which hardly put a dent in the out­come, but his per­for­mance high­lights a changed men­tal at­ti­tude and dra­matic phys­i­cal change. Robin­son ad­mit­ted to en­ter­ing high school con­sid­er­ably over­weight, but his in­ter­est in ath­let­ics, which ini­tially be­gan with wrestling, en­abled him to lose 60 pounds and at­tempt other sports.

For the past three sum­mers, Robin­son has run with the Stone cross coun­try team in a con­scious at­tempt to stay in shape, log­ging more than 100 miles along the way. When his play­ing days at Stone end this spring, Robin­son plans to at­tend the Col­lege Of South­ern Mary­land this fall and per­haps play for the men’s lacrosse team there.

“It’s all about your men­tal ap­proach,” said Robin­son, who also con­sid­ered play­ing foot­ball and soc­cer for the Cougars. “I was able to lose 60 pounds be­cause I worked out. I wanted to lose the weight. I never ran cross coun­try, but I’m a mem­ber of the ‘mule team’ which means I run in the sum­mer. When I play lacrosse, I try to fo­cus on the ball. To­day was not a great day, but they all can be bet­ter.”

North Point (3-5, 1-0 SMAC Po­tomac) con­trolled play from the open­ing face-off and it en­joyed a mod­est 6-0 half­time ad­van­tage and pushed the lead to 11-0 be­fore Stone’s Adam Park ended the Ea­gles’ shutout bid with a goal just past the mid­way point of the third quar­ter. North Point goalies Gage Bro­cato and Ja­son Row­land com­bined for three saves.

“I thought we played very un­selfish to­day,” said Ea­gles se­nior Bran­don John­son, who had one goal and three as­sists dur­ing the lop­sided vic­tory. “We passed the ball re­ally well to­day. We have not had a lot of games like this be­fore to­day. But to­day was very good. Now we’re hop­ing to get past the first round of the [Class 4A East] re­gion play­offs.”

John­son’s per­for­mance un­der­scored North Point’s bal­ance and over­all un­selfish play in the April 7 con­test. The Ea­gles got goals from eight dif­fer­ent play­ers, with Aryan Tabay­oy­ong, Con­nor Staud­myer, Maxwell Palmer, Michael Meade and Bray­don Sokolowski each scor­ing twice and Bran­don John­son, Calen John­son and Ti­mothy Staud­myer adding one goal apiece.

In the girls game that North Point hosted, Ea­gles se­nior Ali Zadeh eclipsed the 150-goal plateau dur­ing her ca­reer while lead­ing the squad to a 15-3 vic­tory over Stone.

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