Kent tops host Gunston 13-8
CENTREVILLE — Spurred on by five goals apiece from seniors Haley Williams and Caroline MacLeod, Kent County rallied from an early two-goal deficit to defeat host Gunston, 13-8, in girls lacrosse Monday. The Trojans (4-4) won for the second time in as many games, reaching .500 for the first time this season. Cassidy Braver, Sella Conner and Kate Ervin each contributed one goal for the winners. Braver, Conner, Annie Page Brocker and Julie Macchione were credited with assists. Annie Squires Southworth went the distance in the cage. She was especially effective in shutting down Gunston on shots taken from close range, according to Kent coach John Andrew McCown. Southworth began the season as the Trojans’ second-string goalie, but was pressed into duty April 11 when three-year starter Alison Rameika suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament late in the first half against Stephen Decatur. Kent closed Monday’s game on a 7-2 run, after Gunston had tied it at 5-all and 6-all. “We attacked the goal and dominated the midfield possession,” McCown said. “I’m very proud of how these girls have stayed positive all season. They have grown to support each other in ways I didn’t expect. These ladies are loyal and brave to the bitter end.” On Friday, Kent soundly defeated Wicomico, 13-2, building a 7-0 first-half lead on scoring from six players. The final count was Williams with four goals, Lisa
Robinson and Megan Speakman with two goals apiece, and Braver, Lily Nuse and Olivia Jones each with one goal. Jones dented the scoreboard with only a minute elapsed to give the Trojans a lead they never lost. Williams scored back-to-back in the span of 37 seconds; her second goal, with 7 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the first half, made it 3-0 and held up as the winning goal. Taiyana Goldsborough, Nuse, Braver and Speakman also found the back of the net in the first half. In keeping the visitors off the scoreboard in the first half, Southworth was required to make only one save. Jessica Greene finally broke through for WiHi with 2:27 elapsed in the second half. She scored again 65 seconds later on a freeposition shot. Southworth pitched a shutout over the final 21:28. Kent had defeated Wicomico in a scrimmage last month, 13-1, so McCown knew going in that this game had the potential of being lopsided. That’s why he flip-flopped the offensive and defensive players, and made sure the reserves logged lots of minutes.
Wicomico’s Jessica Greene goes over the head of Kent County freshman Sella Conner in a battle for the draw control Friday. The scrappy Conner, who stands about 5 feet tall, came up with the ball for the Trojans, who won handily, 13-2.