Atholton coach Erik Burnett believes that his team is knocking on the door of being a solid lacrosse team.
The Raiders have gotten off to a 1-5 start — which includes a pair of one-goal overtime losses to Franklin and Huntingtown — but Burnett is sure his team has the talent, they just have to believe it.
“It’s the point in the season where the losses start to accumulate a little bit and people wonder if we are a good team but it’s there,” Burnett said. “Once they start to see if show up on the scoreboard then they play to it and we look pretty good.”
Atholton’s offense looked really good on Tuesday with eight different players scoring a goal. Junior midfielder Tyler Shams had the hot hand, notching four goals for the Raiders in a 12-2 victory over visiting Oakland Mills.
The Raiders moved the ball effectively on the offensive end, accounting for nine assists on their 12 goals scored.
“We moved the ball well and got a few more assists in the book today than usual,” Shams said. “We’re finally starting to execute and that’s something we’ve been lacking.”
Junior attack Aiden Cunningham got the Scorpions off to a quick start with a goal at the 8:50 mark of the first quarter. After scores by Shams and Robert Billeck to end the period, Oakland Mill’s Jack Farrall tied the score at 2-2 with an extra-man goal early in the second.
From at point on, however, Atholton had complete control of the game.
Shams sent a laser shot past Scorpions goalie Brandon Andrews (14 saves) to help the Raiders reclaim the lead and Glen Kasoff added back-to-back goals to make it 5-2 at halftime.
Atholton outscored Oakland Mills, 7-0, in the second half .
“We were a little slow to get started, which seems to be the story of the year for us,” Burnett said. “The slow starts are frustrating but once we start doing the things that we know we can do, we turn into a pretty good team.”
Atholton 12, Oakland Mills 2
OM 1 1 0 0 -- 2
A 2 3 5 2 -- 12
Goals: A – Shams 4, Kasoff 2, Foster, Courtney, R. McHugh, Smith, Billeck, Mercillott; OM – Farrall, Cunningham.
Assists: A – Foster 4, Courtney, Shams, Kasoff, Smith, Brewer; OM – Riss, Caldwell.
Saves: A – Mills 6, Seidel 2; OM – Andrews 14, Dudek 3.
Halftime: Atholton, 5-2.
Centennial 10, Howard 6
Stephen Latona had four goals and an assist for the Eagles who handed the previously unbeaten Lions their first loss of the season.
Andrew Gavlin contributed three goals and an assist, while keeper Bryan Ruygrok made 11 saves.
Scott Bruner and John Keohane both scored a pair of goals for the Lions.
Centennial improves to 3-1 in the county and 5-2 overall, while Howard fell to 2-1 and 5-1, respectively.
“We've had this one circled on the calendar for a while,” Centennial coach Nick Kellinger said. “We knew they had a bunch of talented players but our defense was up to the task. Our goalie played great, making huge saves at crucial times.” The Lions got on the scoreboard first but the Eagles didn’t panic and scored the next three goals and later held off a third quarter charge.
“This was a big win but we still have a few circles left on the calendar,” Kellinger said. “We'll enjoy it tonight, but I'm already starting to think about Atholton at the end of the week.”
Goals: C – Latona 4, Gavlin 3, Moore, McHugh, Conley; Ho – Bruner 2, Keohane 2, Zulick 1.
Assists: C – Latona, Gavlin, Moore, Sylvia, Western, Swentzel; Ho – Bruner, Mills, Keohane, Hogan.
Saves: C – Ruygrok 11; Ho – Mauser 7.
Mt. Hebron 17, Long Reach 3
Adam Huber and Jake Stevens both scored five goals, and Shane Brookhart added three more for the Vikings.
Goals: LR – Dixon, V. Valenza, Reggie; MH – Huber 5, J. Stevens 5, Brookhart 3, Stone, Ansaldi, Webster, Mazzuca.
Assists: LR – Fox, Valeza; MH – Luchessi 2, Huber 2, Stevens 2, Solo, Brookhart, Mazzuca, Dubois.
Saves: LR – Valenza 3, Brown 6; MH – Nass 5, Edmondson 3, Sung.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 14-0.
Marriotts Ridge 19, Hammond 1
Jack Grote had four goals and Duncan Campbell scored three times for the Mustangs. Josh Jin, Spencer Wyatt and Trae Nelson all added two goals.
Reed Wehrmeister had the Golden Bears’ goal.
Goals: MR – Grote 4, Campbell 3, Jin 2, Wyatt 2, Nelson 2, Hebner, Hendershot, Clipp, Calambro, Bernal, Son; H –Wehrmeister.
Assists: MR – Hebner 2, Campbell 2, Hendershot 2, Bennett, Ohnmacht, Wyatt, Calambro, Bernal, Son.
Saves: MR –Scarpaci 2, McTague; Ha – Ballard 8.
Glenelg 17, Wilde Lake 4
Shawn Winans and Siyon Lowe each tallied two goals for the Wildecats.
Goals: WL – Winans 2, Lowe 2; G – N/A.
Assists: WL – Winans; G – N/A.
Saves: WL –Kass 10; G – N/A.
Halftime: Glenelg, 11-1.
Reservoir 5, River Hill 3
Standings (as of April 6)
Mt. Hebron 4-0 county; 6-0 overall
Glenelg 3-0; 4-2
Centennial 3-1, 5-2
Marriotts Ridge 3-1, 5-1
Reservoir 3-1; 3-3
Howard 2-1, 5-1
River Hill 2-2, 3-4
Atholton 2-2, 2-5
Long Reach 1-3, 1-3
Oakland Mills 0-4, 2-4
Wilde Lake 0-4, 1-5
Hammond 0-4, 0-6
Glenelg Country 0-5, 0-6 ^
Chapelgate 0-2, 0-5 #
^ MIAA B Conference
# MIAA C Conference