Sabres con­trol the field, beat Herons

Huge di­vides in draws, grounders pave way in SSPP’s rout of Gun­ston

Record Observer - - Sports - By AY­MAN ALAM aalam@star­dem.com

EEASTON — The Sabres’ abil­ity to con­trol the ball even­tu­ally led to them con­trol­ling the score­board.

The Saints Peter and Paul High girls’ lacrosse team de­feated Gun­ston dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s East­ern Shore In­de­pen­dent Ath­letic Con­fer­ence con­test, us­ing a 7-0 first-half run to set up a 16-7 vic­tory.

Huge di­vides in ground balls (25-13) and draw con­trols (20-5) all but as­sured the Sabres would come out on top. The sides played with a run­ning clock for por­tions of the sec­ond half, as Sts. Peter & Paul im­proved to 5-3 over­all, 3-1 in the ESIAC, while the Herons dropped to 6-4, 1-2.

“I thought we were a lit­tle lack­adaisi­cal be­gin­ning of the game, but made this game eas­ier by win­ning the draw con­trols,” Sabres head coach Mike Morse said. “We have peo­ple who can put the ball in the net; scor­ing is not go­ing to be a prob­lem for us.

“We’re get­ting bet­ter on the de­fen­sive end, and it gave me a chance to play a lot of dif­fer­ent peo­ple at a lot of dif­fer­ent po­si­tions,” Morse added. “We’re teach­ing a few things be­cause we have big games com­ing up with Worces­ter Prep and also the Bull Roast game (against Eas­ton).”

Sopho­more mid­fielder Me­gan Hickey was at the fore­front of the Sabres’ pro­lific ball-con­trol of­fense, reg­is­ter­ing a hat trick, dish­ing an as­sist while ac­cu­mu­lat­ing game-highs of seven ground balls and nine draw con­trols. Sts. Peter & Paul also re­ceived strong out­ings from se­nior Tay­lor Quade (gamebest four goals and three as- sists), sopho­more Caro­line Mur­phy (hat trick, as­sist, four grounders) and ju­nior Madi Marciniak (two goals, three ground balls).

Their lead shaved to 5-3 fol­low­ing a goal by Gun­ston’s Heidi Bar­cus (hat trick, two as­sists, two draws), the Sabres reeled off a 7-0 run span­ning 11 min­utes, set­tling for a 12-4 lead head­ing into the break.

“Not sure what the draw con­trols were dur­ing that point, but I’m sure that played a big role in it,” Morse said.

Added Gun­ston head coach Jeff Smith: “I think be­ing so close in prox­im­ity be­tween the two schools, the girls be­ing so close to each other, it takes a lit­tle while for our girls to for­get the peck­ing or­der and just play. Once they get into it a lit­tle bit, it be­comes them against the ball, and not so much them against the other team.”

Kate Sovero hit Quade on a pair of wide-open goals dur­ing the flour­ish to bump the score to 7-3 and 10-3, re­spec­tively, and two other Sts. Peter & Paul goals in the first half also ar­rived un­marked by a Heron de­fender, Gun­ston’s de­fense look­ing stout at times and lost at oth­ers.

“We have a young team, and our big­gest chal­lenge nowa­days is con­fi­dence,”

Smith said. “Some­times it takes them a while to get there, but once they do, we can com­pete. We’ve got the play­ers, but that’s the chal­lenge right now.

“One of the things we have to do in or­der to com­pete with teams at this level is pres­sure,” Smith said, re­fer­ring to Sts. Peter & Paul’s open goals. “When you pres­sure the ball and dou­ble a lot, and you have a good team that will rec­og­nize it, they will have a lot of open goals.

“It makes you look pretty bad when you’re ag­gres­sive,” Smith con­tin­ued. “But, that’s part of it.”

With plenty of re­serves in ac­tion in the sec­ond half, the Sabres trig­gered the run­ning clock at 14-4, 15-5 and 16-6 to fa­cil­i­tate the in­ser­tion of the sec­ond unit, Sts. Peter & Paul’s bench erupt­ing when Clare Kelly went nearly wire-to-wire for an unas­sisted score at the 3-minute, 26-sec­ond mark of the sec­ond half.

The ad­di­tions of Julie Morse — Coach Morse’s daugh­ter and three-time All-Mid-Shore and ESIAC Player of the Year while a var­sity stand­out for the Sabres — and Me­gan Wil­bert — a three-sport high school ath­lete who played lacrosse at Tow­son Univer­sity and made sev­eral coach­ing stops be­fore land­ing on the East­ern Shore — have bol­stered Sts. Peter & Paul’s staff.

Julie Morse also played for Loy­ola Univer­sity, and both as­sis­tants were ac­tive in tu­tor­ing the team’s young play­ers dur­ing the rout, a sce­nario Mike Morse, now in his sec­ond go-around with the pro­gram, hinted would be the norm mov­ing for­ward.

“Our ta­lent is pro­gress­ing, and they’re get­ting bet­ter,” Mike Morse said. “It’s an ad­van­tage hav­ing Me­gan and Julie on the side­lines, be­cause the girls are go­ing to learn a lot from their ex­pe­ri­ences. I’m just re­ally try­ing to keep them or­ga­nized.

“The girls know that Me­gan and Julie have their knowl­edge from ex­pe­ri­ence, since I’ve never played the game,” Mike Morse added. “Julie and Me­gan are do­ing most of the coach­ing and teach­ing, and the girls are lis­ten­ing, be­cause they’re re­ally good coaches.”

Notes: Sts. Peter & Paul fin­ished with a 26-11 edge on shots. ... Gun­ston goalie Abi­gail Bar­cus fin­ished with five saves. ... Cat Chris­tian and Sarah Rust also scored for the Sabres, while Sarah Bradley dished three as­sists. ... Bren­nan Paddy scored a goal, as­sisted an­other and cor­ralled four ground balls for Gun­ston, while Joey Smith and Kor­ren Camp­bell (as­sist, three grounders) each net­ted a goal apiece. Kent Is­land 14, J.M. Ben­nett 4 SAL­IS­BURY — Kelly Shields scored four goals and dished two as­sists, as the Buc­ca­neers im­proved to 7-1.

Pay­ton Beach added two goals and an as­sist, while A.J. Wilder, Melissa Judge and Grace Boyer struck for a pair of scores apiece. Sin­gle tal­lies from Mad­die Gon­za­lez and Cas­sidy Creighton rounded off the scor­ing for Kent Is­land. BOYS’ LACROSSE

Eas­ton 20, Kent County 10 WOR­TON — Sam Phillips scored six goals and set up one, and Clay Sch­midt added five scores and an as­sist as the War­riors ex­tended their win streak to four.

Chris Gibbs fin­ished with a hat trick and one as­sist for de­fend­ing Class 2A-1A state cham­pion Eas­ton (6-1), which hosts de­fend­ing 3A-2A state champ Kent Is­land to­day at 5:30 p.m.

JoJo Marasco scored twice for the War­riors, who got a goal apiece from Con­nor But­ler (as­sist), Corey Hall, Noah Reem and Car­son Jones. Mitch Ree­ley had a pair of as­sists, and Michael Kamin­skas, Clark Hig­gins and Colin Snyder added an as­sist each. Nick Rob­bins made four saves and Wes­ley Love­lady made two stops in the sec­ond half. Queen Anne’s 11, Stephen De­catur 8 CEN­TRE­VILLE — Goalie Noah Lode made 19 saves and Jonathan Clark and Bran­don Hick­man each recorded hat tricks to lead the Lions.

Jake As­cione scored twice for Queen Anne’s County (43) and Ja­cob Muster­man, J.P. Quirion and Wil­liam Col­burn each added a goal. Seamus Mc­Cartin had four as­sists.

SSPP 11, An­napo­lis Area 5 EAS­TON — Nate Shafer had four goals and an as­sist, and Cole Lacaze came through with a hat trick and one as­sist to pace the Sabres in a Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion B Con­fer­ence game.

Luke Har­ring­ton had three as­sists for Saints Peter & Paul (4-5, 1-2), and Will Lip­scomb, Nick DeLuca (as­sist), Matt Dun­worth (as­sist) and Aaron Helm­ley each scored a goal. Adam Alder­fer had an as­sist. Jack Lee made 14 saves be­fore Nate Bid­dle came on in the fourth quar­ter to log three saves.

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PHOTO BY AY­MAN ALAM

Saints Peter and Paul’s Sarah Rust (25) loses the ball as she is de­fended by Gun­ston’s Alea Mur­ray (14) dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s game in Eas­ton.

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