Three county boys lacrosse programs hosted tournaments Saturday, and though only one team took home first-place honors, every participating school collected at least one victory on the day.
Howard was victorious in the Karl Wolf Memorial Tournament played at Rockburn Park. After defeating Leonardtown, 18-0, for the team’s fourth shutout win, as well as its second-largest margin of victory all season, the Lions got a test from Patterson Mill.
At Cedar Lane Park, Mt. Hebron took down Old Mill, 9-1, before eventually falling to North Carroll for the tournament title.
Long Reach and Wilde Lake participated in the Wildecats’ home tournament. The Lightning fell to Oakdale in the opening round, but rebounded to beat Glen Burnie for the team’s first out-of-county win on the year.
Wilde Lake also beat the Gophers before falling to Oakdale for the championship.
For a complete recap of all games played in the county Saturday, see the story capsules and box scores below:
Fight for Five Tournament
For the sixth year, Mt. Hebron hosted the Fight for Five Tournament – which honors fallen Vikings lacrosse player Evan Nicholson, while raising money for a scholarship in his name and the Ulman Cancer Fund.
“It’s a good day for lacrosse, with great competition, and the kids have fun,” Mt. Hebron coach Mike McCarthy said.
With a 9 a.m. first whistle, McCarthy expected his guys to be a little slow out of the gates. Fortunately, according to the coach, the defense was able to extend Old Mill in the early game, while creating favorable one-on-one matchups.
With 12 saves in the opening-round contest, Casey Dubois was a cornerstone to his team’s success. After allowing an early goal, the sophomore St. Paul’s transfer was solid between the pipes for the remainder of the game.
“We love having him. He’s a great goalie and a smart kid,” McCarthy said. “He’s putting everybody in the right spots, and telling them the strengths and weaknesses of the offensive players on the opposite team.
“Fortunately he’s got a great defense behind him,” the coach added.
Dubois echoed his coach, adding that the back line’s ability to force shots creates lanes of vision which allow the goalie to make plays on the ball.
Said the sophomore: “I thought our defense played well. After that first goal, it really woke us up.”
Unlike last year, when the Vikings were able to come away with the tournament victory, the North Carroll Panthers got the best of them in the championship round. Brian Demek’s two goals in the second game gave him a team-leading four on the day.
Game One: Mt. Hebron 9, Old Mill 1
Goals: MH – Kyle Sutton (2), Brian Demek (2), Zach Stevens (2), Thomas Stone, Shane Brookhart.
Assists: MR – Bryce Brookhart 2, Shane Brookhart, Stone.
Saves: MR – Casey Dubois 12.