Bucs cruise past ri­vals en route to North ti­tle

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CENTREVILLE — A slow start evolved into a semi-com­fort­able lead as Kent Is­land High’s boys’ lacrosse team ended the reg­u­lar sea­son Fri­day evening with a 12-5 vic­tory over ri­val Queen Anne’s County.

The Buc­ca­neers led 2-0 at the end of the first quar­ter and added four more goals, com­pared to one for the Lions, in the sec­ond quar­ter for a 6-1 half­time lead. That lead grew to 7-1 early in the sec­ond half as the Bucs cruised to an­other North Bay­side ti­tle.

The Bucs (10-3 over­all, 4-0 North Bay­side) will next face James M. Ben­nett on Mon­day at 5 p.m. at Wi­comico County Sta­dium for a chance to win their fifth straight Bay­side Con­fer­ence ti­tle.

Kent Is­land en­joyed bal­anced scor­ing against the Lions. Jack­son Kra­tovil, Sean Mooney, Bren­dan Smith, and Braden Doyle each scored two goals and Bran­don Gal­loway, Parker Dixon, Stone Stitcher, and Ricky Tub­man each scored one.

“It was a slow start, but we had a real nice sec­ond quar­ter, put a num­ber of goals in,” Bucs head coach Davey Jones said. “So 6-1 by the half­time and at the point it’s just mak­ing sure the guys stay fo­cused, con­tinue run­ning the of­fense, that sort of thing. We scored re­ally early in the third and of course I love scor­ing and all, but I think com­ing out and scor­ing in the third and mak­ing it 7-1, I think the guys re­laxed a lit­tle bit.

“It’s a ri­valry game, too,” Jones added. “Last year we had to come from be­hind to win. So we know that they’re pre­pared for the game and we also know that they’re go­ing to get up for it. Ri­valry games are al­ways dif­fi­cult.”

Dixon and Austin Ryan each picked up four ground balls for the Bucs. Doyle, Mooney, DJ Gal­loway, and Paul Jan­niche each scooped two.

Con­nor Lewis han­dled most of the face­offs for the Bucs, who won 12 out of 21.

“Con­nor’s been do­ing a re­ally good job for us, so we’re giv­ing him the draws and we’re let­ting some of our other mid­dies rest up,” Jones said.

Dixon scored off an feed from Mooney (three as­sists) at 4:10 in the first quar­ter and Smith tal­lied off a pass from Kra­tovil at 2:34 for the Bucs’ 2-0 first-quar­ter lead. Three quick goals in two min­utes to open the sec­ond then put them in con­trol. Doyle tal­lied unas­sisted 53 sec­onds into the quar­ter; Mooney con­verted a pass from Smith (three as­sists) just eight sec­onds later; and Tub­man, cut­ting across the goal area and fir­ing in a right-han­der, made it 5-0 at the 10-minute mark, and the Lions called time­out.

Lions goalie Noah Lode (12 saves) stopped a shot off the en­su­ing face­off, be­fore his

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land’s Bren­dan Smith works the ball on of­fense checked by Queen Anne’s Jack Rife dur­ing the third quar­ter last Fri­day evening in Centreville.

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