The math going into Friday night's Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse showdown between No. 10 Arundel and upstart Chesapeake added up to one simple conclusion — something had to give.
Arundel came with an explosive attack averaging 15-plus goals in winning its first seven games. Chesapeake had limited its opponents to a measly 3.3 goals in six straight wins.
The Wildcats' potent offense won out.
Starting fast with five unanswered goals in the first quarter, Arundel stayed in control throughout to earn a 12-8 win over visiting Chesapeake in Gambrills.
Senior Wade Korvin finished with four goals and junior Hunter Cetrone added two goals and two assists as Arundel (8-0) improved to 7-0 in the county.
Chesapeake, which showed no quit in scoring the game's last five goals before running out of time, falls to 6-1 overall and in league play.
The Wildcats' attack was crafty and determined from the onset.
Cetrone flipped home a shot from behind his shoulder for a 1-0 advantage 45 seconds into the game. A few minutes later, Korvin came diving out from behind the cage to make it 2-0. The Wildcats, with the ball most of the time, kept on rolling with Michael Pucci scoring two straight and Cetrone adding another before the first quarter ended.
"There was a lot of emotion coming into the game. We had a lot of energy and were pumped up. We just put the pedal down and kept going," said Cetrone.
The Cougars were coming off a milestone win against defending Class 4A-3A state champion Severna Park on Tuesday, beating the Falcons for the first time since 1994 with a last-second goal for a 5-4 victory. But they came out flat on Friday, not registering a shot on goal the entire first quarter.
After Korvin scored his second goal in the opening minute of the second quarter to make it 6-0, the Cougars finally scored when Conner Kipke put away a shot 15-plus minutes into play. The Wildcats steadily built their lead, going up 12-3 early in the fourth quarter before the Cougars rallied late.
Arundel coach Kevin Necessary was quick to give credit to his players.
"It's not an accident. These guys have really worked hard and it's been a long time coming," he said. "All the credit goes to them. They do things that other high school programs may not do. They work out all winter long, in the dead of heat in the summer they are showing up to summer league games. They wanted to be great and hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling, but it's only April 15."
10 Arundel 12, Chesapeake-AA 8
Goals: C – Kipke, Beres, Abell 2, Brown, Bellarin 2, Caropreso;
A – H. Cetrone 2, Korvin 4, Pucci 2, Holston 2, Young 2.
Assists: C – Caropreso, Kestler, Dewling;
A – Young, H. Cetrone 2, Holston 2.
Saves: C – Brennan 8; A – Gormley 10.
Half: A, 6-1.