Lackey dou­bles up St. Charles

Na­gle scores twice as Chargers top Spar­tans in field hockey

Maryland Independent - - B Sports - By JOHN NISWANDER jniswan­der@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @john­niswan­der2

Rain has damp­ened much of South­ern Mary­land over the last few weeks, but it was still not enough to pre­vent the Lackey Chargers from host­ing the St. Charles Spar­tans in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion field hockey game last Thurs­day.

The Chargers had mul­ti­ple games ear­lier in the sea­son post­poned and resched­uled due to the weather conditions.

“We had a rough and slow start this sea­son los­ing our first two games and then get­ting hit con­stantly by this never-end­ing rain that it’s been a dif­fer­ent sea­son than last year,” Lackey head coach Erika Prate said. “But we’re get­ting our momentum and I hope to keep it up for all our re­main­ing games.”

As light, and at times heavy, rain­fall fell from the sky, the two teams pro­ceeded to be­gin their warm-ups and pre­pared to do bat­tle on the rain-soaked field.

Lackey (3-3, 1-1 SMAC Po­tomac after a 3-0 loss to Thomas Stone on Mon­day and a 1-0 win over McDonough on Wednesday) sus­tained an early pres­sure to start the game and was re­warded for their ef­forts when Kayla Na­gle scored the open­ing goal five min­utes into the con­test. The Chargers grabbed an early ad­van­tage that they would never re­lin­quish.

Shortly after Na­gle’s tally, for­ward Caliya Cort­ner found the back of the cage from around the front of the net to ex­tend the home team’s lead to 2-0.

The Spar­tans were able to sus­tain pres­sure of their own, but un­like the Chargers, their sus­tained pres­sure wasn’t trans­lat­ing into goals.

“We just got to move the ball a lit­tle bit quicker down the field and get open a lit­tle bit more,” St. Charles head coach Duane Hen­dricks said.

As the game neared half­time, Lackey gen­er­ated mul­ti­ple penalty cor­ners and chances to add onto its early ad­van­tage.

Spar­tans goalie Rachel Hen­dricks made six of her 11 saves in the first half to help keep her team close early on. However, with just over a minute re­main­ing be­fore half­time, Jenna Clark cap­i­tal­ized on her chance in front to strike the ball into the back of the cage and give the Chargers a com­mand­ing 3-0 lead.

The fi­nal play be­fore half­time was nearly an­other Lackey goal off of a cor­ner, but the shot from the Chargers at­tack sailed just wide as the buzzer sounded.

Heav­ier rain­fall to start the se­cond half of play af­fected the num­ber of shots both teams were gen­er­at­ing as less shots were be­ing at­tempted early on.

That changed though when Na­gle be­gan the scor­ing in the se­cond half just as she did in the first. Na­gle’s shot was per­fectly placed and found the back of the cage to push the Chargers fur­ther ahead by a score of 4-0.

St. Charles, still in search of its first goal of the sea­son, kept fight­ing back just as the crowd of spec­ta­tors who braved the weather conditions kept fight­ing back against the rain in an at­tempt to stay dr y.

Lackey goalie Karissa Ban­nis­ter made five saves in the game, but there was one shot that snuck past her in a crowd in front of the cage.

Macken­zie Shughart was able to score the first goal of the sea­son for the Spar­tans and was swarmed by her ec­static team­mates who cir­cled around her as smiles and cheers rang out from the vis­i­tors side­line.

St. Charles would go on to add an­other tally on a penalty stroke shot by Kather­ine O’Meara as the clock read ze­roes after mul­ti­ple red cards were as­sessed

to the home team with 6 min­utes 30 sec­onds left in the game.

Coach Hen­dricks was proud of his team after the 4-2 de­feat and had noth­ing but pos­i­tive things to say about their ef­forts.

“I thought we played a pretty good game. [Lackey] is an ag­gres­sive team, so I thought our de­fense did re­ally well against them,” he said.

Sur­ren­der­ing just four goals against Lackey tied a sea­son low for the Spar­tans (0-6, 0-1) as the team con­tin­ues to fight for their first win of the year.

“You know our team is not as es­tab­lished as some of these other schools, but we are still bat­tling and still go­ing at it so I look for­ward to a good sea­son,” coach Hen­dricks said.

Prate praised her team’s well.

“I felt that my team fought hard and played ready to win. We have some big games com­ing up, so we need to be ready.”

Lackey aims to make it back to the SMAC cham­pi­onship game this year and re­peat as the con­fer­ence’s Po­tomac Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons.

“Our com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been im­prov­ing which makes me happy and I’m ex­cited to see what this what seems like now fast mov­ing sea­son has in store,” Prate said. ef­forts as

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