The Friends' offense controlled the game yesterday at Park. And Spencer Deering controlled the Friends' offense.
Deering had a hand in nearly everything Friends did, finishing with three goals and three assists to lead the Quakers to a 7-3 victory over Park in a Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference League game.
The senior attackman, headed for North Carolina next year, ran the offense with style for Friends (6-1, 4-0). "I like having the responsibility of controlling the tempo on the offense," Deering said. "We worked well as a team today." Deering finished with three assists.
"He stands out," Friends coach Jon Garman said. "He's one of those players who makes other players better."
The Park offense was quiet much of the time, thanks to the Friends' defense. Defensemen Ben Thompson, Ed Simermeyer and Jed Freedlander helped shut off the Bruins.
Thompson shadowed Park's big scorer, Matt Weiner. The Bruin scored two goals, but rarely found free space around the cage.
"Every time I went for a one-on-one, they backed up very well," Weiner said. "There was always a guy waiting for my move."
Also waiting was sophomore goalie Mike Fine. The goalie finished with 10 saves.
Deering helped make things more difficult. After scoring 29 seconds into the game on a 10-yard bullet, he zipped a pass to David Elliott on the edge of the crease. Elliott, who did a good job on faceoffs, put it in for a 2-0 lead with 6:32 left in the quarter.
Deering increased the lead to 3-0 when he took a feed from Adam Dougherty and beat goalie Fabian Lima with 31 seconds left in the quarter. Park (5-2, 4-1) answered when Matt Weiner scored on a low left-handed shot 18 seconds later.
Deering struck again midway through the second quarter. He scooped up a loose ball behind the goal and found Dougherty, who scored with 5:56 left in the half for a 4-1 lead.
Although Friends did not score in the third quarter, it stayed in control. Then, 29 seconds into the final quarter, Deering fed Chris Baughman for a 5-1 lead.
Park rallied for two goals. Brendan D'Anna scored an unassisted goal with 8:04 left. The Bruins made it 5-3 when Weiner scored with 4:56 left as they had two extra men.
Deering stopped the charge by intercepting a clearing pass and putting a bounce shot in the upper right corner with 2:21 left. Max Everett added the final goal for Friends 17 seconds later.