Behind five multi-goal scorers, and six tallies in the second quarter alone, Howard boys lacrosse cruised to a 12-0 victory over visiting Reservoir Friday.
Brad Zulick (3), Scott Bruner (2), Cody Ford (2), Eric Schroeder (2) and Leo Sementilli (2) all found the back of the net on more than one occasion for the Lions, who start out the season 2-0 in Howard County play.
Goalie Trent Teodori stopped 14 shots for the Gators in the loss.
“Going into every game, we want to be aggressive on the hands, press out and make guys make mistakes,” said Howard coach Jimmy Creighton. “I think we were able to do that today.”
Howard’s Bruner said his team had been working on its defense all week, noting that the coaching staff even made a few tweaks anticipating Reservoir’s talented offensive attack.
“We just knew it was going to be a battle,” he added.
Reservoir (1-2) found itself playing from behind from the first faceoff. A few miscues on offense squandered the Gators’ opportunities to test Howard goalie Bryan Mauser (11 saves) very often in the opening quarter.
After letting up two scores in the first 12 minutes, Teodori still managed to collect six saves.
Still, when working against one of the county’s best faceoff specialists in John Travisano — who was 11 of 13 on the night — the Gators found it difficult to create offensive chances.
Then came the second quarter, when Zulick (3), Ford, Bruner and Schroeder all connected for the Lions, bringing the lead to 8-0 by halftime.
“They got some momentum, and they were shooting well,” said Reservoir coach Bryan Cole. “They have some guns on their team.”
In the second half, Reservoir was able to slow Howard from continuing to light up the scoreboard. Just as they did in the first quarter, the third and fourth each consisted of two more scores for the Lions.
Creighton said once his team buried a few shots, the confidence started to build. While the defense kept the ball out of the Gators’ possession for the majority of the game, it was a few key performances that really stood out for the coach.
“I thought Leo Sementilli had a really solid game for us,” Creighton said. “He was just really steady and he made no mistakes. That’s the kind of stuff we need from him.”
In addition to his two second-half goals, Sementilli scooped up four ground balls as well.
Cole and Creighton agreed that Friday night’s result was not going to be the norm for their respective teams.
Reservoir’s coach knows his guys will get better as the year goes along. On the other hand, the Lions’ head man said his squad deserved to celebrate the win, but even he knows that type of domination isn’t something any team can get used to seeing on a consistent basis.
“We can’t look at this like it’s going to happen every game,” he said. “We’re going to get scored on. But, obviously, it gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”
Howard 12, Reservoir 0
Goals: H – Brad Zulick (3), Cody Ford (2), Scott Bruner (2), Leo Sementilli (2), Eric Schroeder (2), John Travisano.
Assists: Travisano (2), Bruner (2) and Ryan Land.
Half: 8-0, Lions.
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River Hill’s Jake Friedman hits game-winner in OT vs. Marriotts Ridge
Over the last two seasons, River Hill hasn’t seen the same type of success it was once used to.
And, down three goals early in the third quarter against Marriotts Ridge at Cedar Lane Park, the Hawks were in danger of falling back into their old ways.
Then, in what coach Keith Gonsouland could only describe as proof that his guys are “sick of losing,” the Hawks broke off on a run to tie the game at 6-6, forcing an extra period. On the team’s first possession, Jake Friedman fired for his second goal of the afternoon — a game-winner that sent his teammates pouring onto the field in celebration.
“I think our team is starting to mature, and I think that’s what we saw today,” said Gonsouland after the game.
Friedman said he was proud of the way his team battled through adversity, especially when an offside penalty wiped one of the Hawks’ goals off the board in regulation.
After his team won the opening faceoff in overtime, the sophomore attack was determined not to give in.
“I was against the same guy all game. I beat him a few times, but then I had some trouble,” he said. “But, I just stuck with it. I didn’t stop dodging and I didn’t give up.”
Gonsouland said he was especially proud of the way his defense hunkered down when the game was on the line.
“We were down, but I don’t think anyone dropped their heads,” Gonsouland said. “They just focused on making the next play, and staying in the moment. And we won a game, against a really good team.”
While giving much credit to the opposition, the coach also singled out the play of Hawks goalie Darius Khademi (9 saves).
After giving up six goals in three quarters of play, the junior was a wall in the final period, allowing his squad to score three unanswered goals before the overtime winner.
Other top performers for River Hill included Zach Beard, who recorded two assists and a score, as well as Danny Issac, who found the back of the net twice in the game.
Marriotts Ridge got two early goals from Troy Hensh in the game's opening minutes, followed by two more scores from Jack Grote in the loss.
The win improves the Hawks to 2-0 in county play, while the Mustangs are 1-1.
River Hill 7, Marriotts Ridge 6 OT
Goals: RH – Danny Issac (2), Jake Friedman (2), Zach Beard, Josh Schulman and Jimmy McEnaeney; MR – Jack Grote (2), Troy Hensh (2), Pat Clipp, Mak Kennedy.
Assists: RH – Beard (2), Issac; MR – Kenyon Hendershot (2), Austin Dorsey, Clipp.
Saves: RH – Darius Khademi 9; MR – Chris McTague 7.
Half: 4-2, Mustangs.
Atholton 12, Long Reach 3
Goals: A – Tyler Shams (3), Sam Smith (3), Joey Brewer (2), Scott Brown (2), Ryan McHugh and Jake Sillyman; LR – Skylar Briscoe (2), Will Parham.
Assists: A – R. McHugh (3), Colin Mercilliott (2), Scott Brown (2) and Sam Smith.
Half: 8-1, Raiders.
Ath (1-2); LR (0-3)
Glenelg 10, Mt. Hebron 5
Goals: G – Nick Forrest (4), Tyler Wasson (3), Brett Wasson, Craig Burris and Kevin Coppinger; MH – Shane Brookhart (2), Thomas Stone, Sutton and Demek
Assists: G – Forrest, Tommy Chiasson, T. Wasson and Kevin Wynne; MH – Stone, Sutton and Stevens.
Saves: G – Landry Marshall 9, Daniel Hopkins 3; MH – Casey Dubois 8
Half: 7-2, Gladiators
Glen (2-1); MH (1-1, 1-2)
Centennial 11, Oakland Mills 4
Goals: C – Mike Moore (4), Quinn Western (3), Andrew Gavlin (2); Wyatt Neely (2), Evan Riss and Hughes.
Assists: C – Gavlin (2); OM – Riss and Gonzalez.
Saves: C – Dan Pomerantz 3, Jayson Simpson 2; OM – Jesse Ketchum 12.
Half: 5-2, Eagles.
Cen (3-0); OM (0-2)
Wilde Lake 10, Hammond 5
Goals: WL – Siyon Lowe 3, Swanson 2, Tiffey 2, Riley and Quinn.
Assists: WL – Lowe (4), Tiffey (2) and Swanson.
Saves: WL – Joe Boccher 18.
WL (1-0, 2-0); Ham (0-2)