Beating the Monday blahs
St. Mary’s Ryken field hockey posts shutout win over Calverton
St. Mary’s Ryken head field hockey coach Tara Everly said she thinks Monday games are always sluggish, but the host Knights still managed to earn an 8-0 win over The Calverton School in a nonconference matchup on Monday.
The Knights (2-2-1 overall) scored twice within a 26-second span in the opening minutes and led 5-0 at halftime.
“Yes and no,” Everly said when asked if she was pleased with her team’s performance. “I feel like the heat was tough and Monday games, they’re always sluggish. We’ve also had some trouble putting the ball on the cage [lately] so that was good and I thought we had a couple good exchanges. We always have things to work on but I’ll take the win, absolutely.”
“I think we did pretty good altogether,” said Kennedy Paton, who is one of just two seniors — Allison Brown is the other — on the team. “We worked on our passing and we were moving more and doing fundamental stuff. I think we played pretty well together.”
Brown and Kellyn Murphy each scored twice for the Knights, while Brooklyn Paton, Elizabeth Schwab, Grace Tennyson and Mary Shreyer each added one goal.
Calverton, which made just brief forays over midfield, was unable to get a shot on goal.
“I was glad that people were passing the ball around,” Everly said of receiving offense from six different players, “and not being selfish.”
St. Mary’s Ryken got on the board when Brooklyn Paton scored off a scramble and just 26 seconds later, Schwab redirected a shot to put the Knights ahead, 2-0.
The eight goals was five more than the Knights had scored in its previous four games. Following a season-opening 2-0 over Elizabeth Seton of Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s Ryken failed to score against St. John’s of Washington, D.C. (5-0) or Patuxent (4-0) before earning a 1-1 tie over Glenelg Country School of Howard County on Sept. 18.
St. Mary’s Ryken’s next contest is scheduled to be at 4 p.m. today at Holy Cross of Montgomery County in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference contest. The Knights are currently 1-1 in WCAC play.
“Some [of] our earlier games we really struggled. Some games we had a lot of opportunities and others we just couldn’t score. It was almost like there was a vault on the goal, so it was something we’ve been talking about a lot and trying to find that connection,” Everly said. “I don’t know if we could have won the two games that we lost, but I definitely think we could have played better. At times we had some opportunities but then they would score first and I felt like we let down mentally. So right now we’re really fighting that mental game and staying strong when [other teams] score.”
“We had some trouble scoring the past few games,” Kennedy Paton said, “so we were working on being more intense and coming down the field and getting up in the first half.”
The Cougars (0-2), who opened their season with a 2-1 loss to Washington, D.C.-based School Without Walls on Sept. 19, were without any subs on Monday. And eight of its 11 players are underclassmen, including four eighth-graders.
As a result, Calverton junior goalie Eleanor Rothera was bombarded throughout the game and finished with 14 saves.
“It is very tough and it was very hot, but I think they definitely played well,” Calverton head coach Kelly Bortchevsky said. “We still have a very young team so we’re still learning, [but] I’m very proud of the effort.”
“It’s a lot of running for all of us and there’s limited water breaks so we try and hang in there the best we can,” said Calverton’s Gabby Loveless, the team’s only senior. “From the first game last week [until now] we’ve done very well, considering Ryken’s a very good team. We always try teamwork and passing the ball because it’s the best way we can improve.”
Calverton was scheduled to host Brookewood School of Montgomery County on Tuesday and is next slated to be in action at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Annapolis Area Christian School JV.
St. Mary’s Ryken’s Mary Schreyer, right, stickhandles around Calverton goalie Eleanor Rothera for a scoring chance during Monday’s win.