La Plata boys lacrosse rolls past North Point
Getgens score 9 of team’s 15 goals; Warriors girls win in OT, Lackey’s Culhane ties national mark
While it took the La Plata High School boys lacrosse team less than two minutes to score a pair of goals at North Point High School on Monday afternoon, it took the Eagles roughly 47 minutes to get their second goal of the contest as the visiting Warriors cruised to a 15-2 victory in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division clash.
La Plata (9-3, 5-0 SMAC Potomac) got one goal each from Jordan Sinclair and Cody Getgen in the opening two minutes of play and the Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended the margin to 12-0 at the intermission. An early goal from North Point’s Brandon Johnson to start the third period prevented the entire second half from being played under a running clock.
“I thought we did a really good job passing the ball today,” La Plata head coach Kris Bayer said. “The guys were really unselfish. Every time we found the open man it seemed like he was able to put the ball in the net. Hopefully, we can take care of business on Wednesday against Thomas Stone (scheduled for 5 p.m.) and on Thursday against Chopticon (scheduled for 6 p.m.) and then we can face Northern in the
SMAC championship game.”
Among the three losses for the Warriors this season was a 13-6 setback against Northern, a perennial SMAC power and leader among the Chesapeake Division squads with Huntingtown going into their Tuesday contest. La Plata junior Tyler Getgen scored three goals and had five assists on Monday afternoon against North Point, embodying the Warriors balanced, unselfish play on Monday.
“We definitely moved the ball around very effectively today,” said Tyler Getgen, whose cousin Cody Getgen had six goals on the day. “Everyone just worked so well to get open and we all looked for one another. It’s been a good season, but we would still like to win SMAC and then go as far as we can in regionals. Northern is very good, but I’m hoping we get to see them again.”
Five different players accounted for the Warriors goals in the first period, but before halftime both Getgens would have hat tricks as the visitors forged a commanding 12-0 lead.
North Point (7-6, 5-1) got one goal from Johnson early in the third quarter, but much of the remaining contest was played under the running clock and the Eagles’ Connor Staudmyer accounted for the game’s final tally with less than a minute remaining.
North Point is next scheduled to play at Northern at 6 p.m. Friday.
Leonard wins it for La Plata girls in OT
While the boys game never had a moment of drama after the opening period, the girls game between the same schools at La Plata was a genuine nail-biter.
La Plata and North Point were tied at 7 at halftime and at 12 at the end of regulation, but the Warriors’ Morgan Leonard ended the contest in overtime by tallying her fourth goal of the day.
Paige Hollebon and Hannah Lind each had three goals for La Plata (7-3, 5-0), which has won six of its last eight games. The Warriors are scheduled to be at Thomas Stone at 6 tonight.
Ali Zadeh scored six goals and Lia Willis added three in a losing cause for North Point (7-4, 5-1), which is scheduled to host Northern at 6 p.m. Friday.
Lackey’s Culhane ties national mark
In a 13-5 victory over Stone on April 27, Chargers senior Brett Culhane scored 12 goals to match a single-game season standard nationally this year, according to LaxRecords.com. Culhane had scored 41 goals this season, accounting for more than one-half of Lackey’s team total, going into Monday’s contest versus McDonough which ended as a 15-1 Rams victory.
“He’s the best lacrosse player that I have ever coached,” Lackey head coach Ryan Mucho said. “Every team we face is aiming to shut him down and somehow he still finds a way to score. Last week against Thomas Stone he just put the team on his back and did the rest. It was truly an amazing performance and he probably could have scored one or two more goals had a couple of shots not hit the pipes.”
Culhane, who also played soccer and football and swam for the school, is currently on target to be the Lackey Class of 2017 Salutatorian with a 4.917 grade point average. Even in the midst of 12-goal performance against Stone, Culhane brushed aside the personal aspects of the accomplishments.
“We had a slow start, but my teammates did a great job of setting picks for me that allowed me to get open,” Culhane said. “It was a total team effort. It just meant a lot to me to have that type of night and help my team win on senior night. It was an emotional game knowing that was my last athletic event ever at Lackey High School.”
Lackey (2-9, 2-5) is scheduled to be at St. Charles at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
La Plata High School’s Cody Getgen turns the corner on North Point defender Calen Johnson and has his sights set on the goal on Monday afternoon. Getgen scored six goals to help the Warriors cruise to a 15-2 victory over the Eagles in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division clash.
North Point High School’s Brandon Johnson attempts to elude La Plata’s Turner Caldwell in the second quarter of Monday’s game. Johnson scored the Eagles first goal in the opening minute of the third quarter, but the visiting Warriors still cruised to a 15-2 victory in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division clash.