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

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

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.

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