The wins keep com­ing

Pan­thers earn shutout win against Cava­liers

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­ Twit­ter: @cfh­philly

En­ter­ing high school this year, Patux­ent’s Ri­ley Eells was a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive about join­ing the Pan­thers’ field hockey team and try­ing to fit in on a team that was com­ing off its first state cham­pi­onship.

Nine games into the sea­son, it turns out there wasn’t much to worry about.

“I think the key is our team is built to­gether,” Eells said af­ter Patux­ent’s 6-0 win at Calvert on Mon­day af­ter­noon. “We re­ally com­mu­ni­cate and work well to­gether. I’m re­ally happy with this team be­cause I was very ner­vous com­ing in be­ing with older girls. They hon­estly took us right in and made us feel wel­come.”

The Pan­thers took the early lead on Mon­day on Sa­van­nah Gearhart’s goal roughly two min­utes in and con­trolled the ac­tion from there, even­tu­ally de­feat­ing the Cava­liers in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion game.

Just look­ing at the Pan­thers re­sults one might get the im­pres­sion that the games might get a lit­tle bor­ing, as Patux­ent (9-0 over­all, 4-0 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) has yet to sur­ren­der a goal through its first nine con­tests. But ev­ery game pro­vides a new chal­lenge and an­other op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue mak­ing progress to­wards what the team hopes will be an­other post­sea­son to re­mem­ber.

“Calvert’s al­ways a real- ly good team, so we have to come in ready,” Patux­ent head coach Lynn Pow­ell said. “Our fo­cus is re­ally on work­ing to­gether, talk­ing a lot. Be­cause we had quite a few subs get in to­day, that helps for later be­cause once subs go in your com­mu­ni­ca­tion has to be even bet­ter. ... We saw a lot of un­der­class­men step up to­day, a lot of speed, which is great.”

Patux­ent has had the lux­ury of re­ceiv­ing pro­duc­tion from both the ex­pe­ri­enced and less ex­pe­ri­enced parts of its ros­ter.

Abby Al­der­man, one of the team’s fresh­men, de­liv­ered a pair of goals in the team’s win at Calvert. Al­der­man scored the game’s sec­ond goal, while Ken­dra Scruggs and Zoe El­liott also found the goal to pro­vide the Pan­thers with a 4-0 lead by the half against the Cava­liers.

Mack Dinopou­los ham­mered home Patux­ent’s fifth goal in the lat­ter stages of the sec­ond half, while Al­der­man capped the scor­ing with her sec­ond tally of the game in the clos­ing mo­ments.

With di­vi­sion games at home still re­main­ing against Leonard­town (sched­uled for 6 tonight) and Chop­ti­con (Oct. 17), the Pan­thers have a cou­ple of their stiffest reg­u­lar-sea­son tests still to come be­fore they em­bark on their post­sea­son goals.

“We need to keep pass­ing the ball re­ally well, talk­ing on the field,” Al­der­man said. “We need to keep do­ing what we’re do­ing be­cause it’s work­ing.”

Patux­ent had some voids to fill from the de­par­tures of last year’s se­nior class, but Eells, for one, thinks the team has come a long way from where it started.

“I think we’re pro­gress­ing at a re­ally fast pace,” she said. “We’re do­ing it to­gether. I feel like we’re go­ing to go far. I can’t ex­plain it, but we’re all con­nect­ing. We’re united as one, fam­ily, ba­si­cally.”

Calvert (3-4, 0-3) was sched­uled to be back in ac­tion against North­ern at 4 p.m. to­day, while Lackey was on the slate for a 4 p.m. matchup Thurs­day.


Patux­ent’s Sarah Stack works with the ball in front of Calvert’s Lexie Me­lan­con dur­ing the teams’ game at Calvert on Mon­day af­ter­noon. Patux­ent de­feated its county ri­val 6-0 in the SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion game.

Calvert’s Kami Muschette works the ball to­wards Patux­ent’s de­fen­sive end dur­ing the teams’ game at Calvert on Mon­day af­ter­noon. The Cava­liers fell to the Pan­thers 6-0.

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