Bucs cruise past rivals en route to North title
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
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.