CSM fall sports off to slow start

Wins few and far be­tween for Hawks

Maryland Independent - - B Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

While the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land fall sports teams all headed into the sea­son with am­ple op­ti­mism, wins have been dif­fi­cult to at­tain for the four teams cur­rently com­pet­ing.

The CSM women’s soc­cer team (2-3 over­all, 1-2 in the Mary­land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) won its first two matches be­fore be­ing de­feated in its last three.

The Hawks opened with a 6-0 win over Pa­trick Henry (Va.) on Aug. 30 be­hind three goals from Ta­mara John­son (a White Plains res­i­dent) and two more from Kar­leigh Co­hen (a Grace Chris­tian Academy grad­u­ate from White Plains) and then edged Ce­cil on Sept. 11, 3-1, as Kerra Buerger (a Cal­i­for­nia, Md. res­i­dent) scored twice and Co­hen added an­other goal.

But in each of their last three out­ings, CSM has been outscored by a com­bined 16-1 mar­gin. The Hawks were blanked by Mercer County (N.J.) on Sept. 15, 6-0, then suf­fered a 3-1 de­feat against Hager­stown on Sept. 19 as Co­hen scored the team’s lone goal with less than five min­utes re­main­ing to avoid be­ing blanked for a sec­ond straight con­test. CSM fell to Howard, 7-0, on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The Hawks were sched­uled to play at CCBC-Ca­tonsville on Thurs­day and will next play at home ver­sus CCBC-Es­sex at 2 p.m. Tues­day.

The CSM men’s soc­cer team (1-5, 1-4) has been outscored 28-4 through its first five matches and man­aged only one win along the way, a 1-0 vic­tory over Ce­cil on Sept. 11.

Ni­cholas Krisko, a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Hunt­ing­tonw who scored the Hawks’ first goal of the sea­son in a 7-1 loss to North­ern Vir­ginia on Sept. 5, tal­lied the game-win­ner three min­utes into the sec­ond half off an as­sist from Ni­cholas McMan­han (a La Plata High School gradute from Char­lotte Hall) and goalies Brian King (a Patux­ent High School grad­u­ate from Lusby) and Hunter Van­zandt (a Brandy­wine res­i­dent) com­bined for seven saves in the shutout.

But in three matches since, CSM was trounced 7-1 by Hager­stown on Sept. 18 as Nathaniel Mor­ri­son (a Leonard­town res­i­dent) tal­lied the only goal on an as­sist from Ni­cholas Ste­wart (a Hunt­ing­town High School from Hunt­ing­town), then was blanked 3-0 by Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege on Sept. 21 in the first meet­ing against for­mer coach, Tony Galeano, now in his first year at the helm of the Owls.

On Wed­nes­day, CSM lost to Howard, 6-1, as Miles Pay­ton (a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from La Plata) scored the Hawks’ lone goal off an as­sist from Ethan Car­pen­ter (a Leonard­town High School grad­u­ate from Leonard­town).

CSM is sched­uled to host Al­le­gany at 4 p.m. to­day, then host CCBC-Es­sex at 4 p.m. Tues­day.

The CSM vol­ley­ball team (0-7, 0-6) re­mains in quest of its first win of the sea­son and thus far the Hawks have been swept in five of their first seven matches.

CSM took one set from from Har­ford on Tues­day after be­ing swept by Po­tomac State (W.Va.) a day ear­lier.

“What we re­al­ized is that we play a lot bet­ter when we’re hav­ing fun and jok­ing around with each other,” said CSM fresh­man mid­dle blocker Kate­lyn Kluh, a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from La Plata. “We’re ba­si­cally a new team and we’re still learn­ing about each other, but that’s one thing we’ve al­ready learned is that we can play bet­ter if we’re re­laxed. Win­ning that one set on Tues­day was a big relief and a big con­fi­dence booster for us.”

Tues­day’s set­back came de­spite 16 kills from Zaiera Duck­ett (a Calvert High School

grad­u­ate from Port Repub­lic) and six kills and 15 digs from Rea­gan Tuia­sosopo (a North Point High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf). Also, Saman­tha

Rerig (a Calvert High School grad­u­ate from St. Leonard) had 17 set as­sists and Alyssa Wil­son (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Hunt­ing­town) had 17 digs.

CSM was sched­uled to host Fred­er­ick on Thurs­day evening and next will play Sun­day at Mont­gomery Col­lege in the

Rap­tors In­vi­ta­tional.

The CSM cross coun­try team cur­rently con­sists of Jeremy Mc­Graw (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Hunt­ing­town) and Ray­mond McLead (a Thomas Stone High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf) for the men and Sierra Walker (a North Point High School from

Wal­dorf) for the women.

Thus far, CSM has com­peted in two meets, the Shan­non Hen­retty In­vi­ta­tional at Steven­son Uni­ver­sity on Sept. 8 and the Hor­net Har­rier/Com­mon­wealth Chal­lenge on Sept. 22 in Vir­ginia.

“I thought I ran well,” said Mc­Graw, who will run Oct. 6

in the Goucher Cross Coun­try Clas­sic. “The course is re­ally tough with a lot of hills. The first course we ran was pretty flat, but last week­end was a lot harder. I tr y to get out four days each week and run through the park near my house and that keeps me in shape.”

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