River Hill played impressively in winning its third straight game yesterday. The Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-0 league) opened their league season by dominating Oakland Mills, 14-5.
Five Hawks scored at least twice -- Scott Kenworthy, Jon Clark, Justin Clark, Dominic Fisher and D. J. Holston.
Kenworthy put in two goals and assisted on six more.
Jon Clark and Fisher each scored three times, and Fisher had two assists. Justin Clark and Holston each scored twice.
"We were out-hustled, out-worked and out-played," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said. "River Hill was disciplined and played well. We were horrible. I don't think we're this bad."
The Scorpions (3-2, 0-1) entered the game with wins over North Hagerstown, Hampstead (Pa.) and Aberdeen and a loss to McDonogh.
River Hill scored the first four goals, Kenworthy opening with 6: 29 left in the first quarter off an assist by Abe Dyer.
Oakland Mills scored with 12 seconds left in the first quarter on Sean McElroy's goal, to make it 4-1.
But River Hill never let the Scorpions get a rally going, scoring the first two goals of the second quarter to go up 6-1.
A sterling defensive stop by Brooks Brumsted just outside the crease highlighted the second quarter that ended with River Hill leading, 6-2.
"We played all right. We wanted a bigger lead at halftime," Kenworthy said.
River Hill scored the next six goals to dispel any comeback notions by Oakland Mills. Jon Clark and D. J. Holston each scored two of those goals.
Hawks goalkeeper Will Melton made 11 saves, seven in the second half, and also had an assist.
"He made some nice saves," Hovet said. But "we needed to take more shots. We didn't take advantage of extra-man situations. And they beat us on ground balls. We seemed a step slow."
River Hill coach Jay Bond was pleased with his team's effort.
"We wanted to work on ball movement and scored a lot of inside goals," he said. "We also shot well outside. We wanted our defense to contest passes and played a good man-to-man."