Beat­ing the Mon­day blahs

St. Mary’s Ryken field hockey posts shutout win over Calver­ton

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @SOMDhab­s­fan

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.

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