Boys Lacrosse: Covey's goal sends Owls to 3A state tournament

Megan Woodward
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

Chase Buckwalter said his heart dropped.

The Westminster junior midfielder had just helped set up Conner Covey’s game-winning goal with 2 minutes, 45 seconds left in overtime to defeat Linganore 10-9 in the Class 3A West Region final. Buckwalter and Covey were met with a swarm of Owls’ teammates as the regional champions flooded the field at Western Regional Park to celebrate.

Covey, a sophomore, paced the Owls (16-1) with four goals and Buckwalter notched a goal and three assists in the team’s 16th straight win.

“I told them to keep their composure, which they did,” Owls coach Steve DeFeo said. “We’re going to stop them on this end and we’re going to get it up thefield, we’re going to shoot and score, and they did it — they executed.”

The Lancers (13-3) used a three-goal run in the fourth quarter to tie the teams, 8-8. Two of those goals came from senior attackman Jack Watsic, who scored three on the night. Owls junior midfielder Christian Etchison sent a pass to Alec Kozlowski with 2:34 remaining to give the Owls a 9-8 lead, but Linganore wasn’t finished.

Watsic found the back of the net, unassisted, with 39.4 seconds on the clock to send the teams to overtime.

“We said to just not give up and give your all, go all out, sell out,” Buckwalter said. “Christian Etchison set out with a check to save a possible game-winning goal. That went our way and we turned it into scoring.”

Westminster racked up five straight goals after Linganore went up 1-0 early in the first quarter. Three of those goals came from Covey and Buckwalter dished out assists on two of Covey’s goals.

Lancer midfielders Will Coletti and Drew Twillman notched a pair of goals to bring the visiting team within two of the Owls, 5-3, and the Lancers called a timeout after Owls junior Bubba Love scored with 1:09 left in the first half to make it 6-3.

Face-offs weren’t rolling in the Owls’ advantage through the majority of the first half and the decision was made to bring Max Nave in for Brandon Kim in the second to change things up.

“Matchups and styles are different,” Owls’ assistant coach Scott Steers said. “Max Nave started doing a really good job when he got out there and he was tying up the other face-off guy, winning a lot, so we went with Nave in the second half. He did a really good job neutralizing him and tying him up to prevent them from getting the ball on offense or get a fast break.”

Owls sophomore goalie Logan Covey, Conner’s twin, made 19 saves. Covey’s teammates and coaches praised him for his consistent composure in the net.

“I just focus on the ball,” Covey said. “After he releases it, I see the whole thing.”

Westminster suffered a loss to Mount St. Joseph in its season opener on March 27 — the Owls haven’t lost since. The county champions defeated Manchester Valley and Blake to advance in the 3A West playoffs, and will travel to Mount Hebron on Friday or Saturday to face 3A North champion Towson.

Goals: L-Patrick Coggins, Jordan Sowyer, Jack Watsic 3, Roman LaRocco, Will Coletti, Drew Twillman; W-Patrick Stewart, Bubba Love, Conner Covey 4, Alec Kozlowski, Chase Buckwalter, Evan Park.

Assists: L-Coggins, Watsic, LaRocco, Eric Stutz; W-Covey, Kozlowski, Buckwalter 3, Christian Etchison, Jayden Hull.

Saves: L-12 (Clayton Yingling); W-19 (Logan Covey).

Halftime: Westminster, 6-3.

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