Bluebird boys lax bounces back
The Kenwood boys lacrosse team’s three-year reign as the Baltimore County Division II champs was ended last season by a Sparrows Point squad that won every division game by 10 or more goals.
But the Pointers are gone now, moved up to Division I. And the Bluebirds are determined to reclaim their crown.
“Our goal is to win the division,” Kenwood coach Leigh Nielsen said after the Bluebirds defeated visitng Dundalk 12-6 on March 29. “The division is wide open, but I think we can give it a run for the money.”
The Dundalk win was huge, coming as it did after Kenwood was upset by New Town 7-6 on March 24 to start 0-1 in the division.
“Losing to New Town set us up for this win,” Nielsen said. “We were focused on this game.”
While Sparrows Point moved up to Division I, Loch Raven moved down to Division II. The Raiders defeated the Bluebirds 10-7 last year. Pikesville, which defeated Kenwood 8-7 last season, should also be a contender for the division title. “They’ll be a challenge,” Nielsen said. Kenwood plays at Pikesville on April 19, and hosts Loch Raven in the regular-season finale on May 3.
Against Dundalk, the Bluebirds were tied 2-2 after the first quarter, but outscored the Owls 4-1 in the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.
Austin Wendt scored two goals in 16 seconds to give Kenwood a 4-2 lead. Dundalk scored to close to within 4-3, but the Bluebirds responded with goals by Gerald Jones and Karlar Farley.
It was still a 6-4 game early in the third quarter when Kenwood defender Dennis Kincaid scooped up a ground ball and went the length of the field to score a goal.
That sparked a 4-0 Bluebird run to open up a 10-4 lead. James Mayrose scored the next three goals.
Wendt finished with five goals and Mayrose scored four goals.
Kenwood was to host Patapsco on Wednesday.
Kenwood’s Austin Wendt works against Brandon Fortney of Dundalk. Wendy scored five goals in the Bluebirds’ 12-6 win.