Junior Evan Riss had three goals and seven assists and senior Khaaliq Canada scored seven goals to lead Oakland Mills to a dominating 19-3 victory over Long Reach on April 8.
“I like what I see. Evan and Khaaliq, that’s a good combination we’ve got there,” said Scorpions coach Skip Darden. “We get it up on the face-off, they have a way of finding each other and finding that sweet spot to get the shot off.”
Cole May helped Oakland Mills win 22 of 26 face-offs and many of those came with May scooping the ball toward Riss, who picked up almost every ball in his domain.
“We just call him Hoover,” Darden said of Riss, referencing the high-end vacuum. “He and Cole have a little thing worked out and it’s great when you’ve got a guy who just concentrates on ground balls. I try to relate a lot of stuff to basketball and ground balls are like rebounds – they’re possessions. I think they’re getting it and starting to understand if we can pick up the ball and possess it, we play a little bit more offense than defense.”
The win is the Scorpions’ (4-2) fourth straight and they have scored in double-digits in each. They have outscored their last two opponents 33-5.
The Lightning (0-3), meanwhile, struggled to maintain consistent possessions and played the majority of the game in their defensive zone. Coach John Horner said he thought his team took a few steps forward in a 5-12 loss to Glen Burnie on April 6 but failed to keep the momentum going into the road game at Oakland Mills.
“A lot of these guys haven’t played together before and a couple guys have taken a year or two off, so we’re still getting back into it and knocking the rust off after Spring Break,” he said. “Today I felt like we took a couple steps back because we kind of got off our game a little bit and then it started getting to their heads a little bit because whenever we play Oakland Mills it’s a big game for us. When things started going bad it started compounding. That’s what inexperience and youth brings to it.”
Though the Scorpions lit up the scoreboard by the end, they looked sluggish to start. Eventually, however, the goals started to pile on after the Riss and Canada (two) scored in the first quarter.
Nick Miller scored just 11 seconds into the second, and then goals by Zyon Turner and Canada made it 6-0 before Long Reach junior Jayden Kirby found the goal. It didn’t take long for Oakland Mills to answer, as Riss, Turner, Canada and Miller each scored in the next 4 minutes, 15 seconds to take a 10-1 lead.
Riss scored and then assisted two more Canada goals before the half, giving Riss three goals and six assists and Canada six goals in the first 28 minutes of play.
“Long Reach came out in the first quarter and a half and battled with us,” Darden said. “I thought if we could settle it down a little bit – these guys know each other. Once they got that out of their system they seemed to settle in and play a little better and play our game, which was good because we’re going to play some teams that are going to keep coming at us.”
Oakland Mills scored all six goals in the third quarter to take a 19-1 lead before Lightning junior Joseph Huh scored both goals in the final period.
“It’s good to get those wins,” Darden said. “I know we’re heading into a tougher part of our schedule but we take nothing for granted.”
Long Reach has only played three games so far this spring, the least of any county team, and Horner feels if his guys can stick together and continue to improve they will be fine.
“As we progress through the rest of our season they get some experience under their belt and learn how to control themselves I think we’ll be able to stay together as a team a little more,” Horner said.
Oakland Mills (1-1 county, 4-2 overall) 19, Long Reach (0-1, 0-3) 3
Goals: OM – Khaaliq Canada 7, Evan Riss 4, Nick Miller 2, Zyon Turner 2, Jack Schurman 2, Raul Argumedo, Cole May; LR – Joseph Huh 2, Jayden Kirby
Assists: OM – Riss 7, Kevin Paez, Shadday Semprit, Turner; LR – Matthew Dean
Saves: OM – Andy Osiander 1, Chris McGlothan 1; LR – Michael Godfrey 8
Halftime: 13-1, Oakland Mills
River Hill (3-0, 4-2) 10, Marriotts Ridge (0-1, 3-3) 8
Goals: RH – Jake Friedman 3, Travis Remson 2, Danny Isaac 2, Max Friedman, Derek Isaac, Jon Felix; MR – Peter Geier 4, Troy Hensh 2, Jake Polinsky, Lewy Anania
Assists: RH – Brendan McKenna, J. Friedman, Chodnicki, Felix; MR – None
Saves: RH – Ben Uhl 3, Noah Thyberg 5; MR – Colin Kelley 11
Halftime: 4-4 tie
Mt. Hebron (1-0, 5-1) 7, Reservoir (0-3, 2-4) 1
Goals: MH – Anders Nillson 3, Dylan Scheeler 3, Kyle Watts; Re – Zack Romer
Assists: MH – Kyle Sutton 2, Matt Leone, Bryce Brookhart, Scheeler; Re – None
Saves: MH – Casey Dubois 9; Re – Callan Weith 11
Halftime: 3-1, Mt. Hebron
Howard (1-1, 4-3) 8, Centennial (1-2, 1-4) 2
Goals: Ho – Malik Anderson 2, Alex Stephanos 2, Mark Bruner, Kendall Cooper, Cole Jarvis, Peyton Smith; C – Tommy Kolp, Jaylen DeCarlo
Assists: Ho – Patrick Sutch, Tristan Kelehan, Smith; C – None
Saves: Ho – Collin McClelland 8; C – Jason Simpson 17
Wilde Lake (1-0, 3-2) 13, Hammond (0-3, 1-3) 3
Goals: WL – Ryan Tiffey 5, Andrew Tiffey 5, Patrick Riley 3
Assists: WL – Riley 4, R. Tiffey 3, A. Tiffey, Peter Robinson
Saves: WL – Daniel Joseph 13
Halftime: 10-0, Wilde Lake
Glenelg (3-0, 3-3) 9, Atholton (2-1, 4-2) 6
Goals: G – Kevin Wynne 4, Brett Wasson 2, Tyler Nalls 2, Breyer Burford; A – Joey Brewer 3, Jake Peretti, Caldwell Bibbs, Noah Foster
Assists: G – Wynne, Frith, Nalls; A – Talbott Gottwals, Max Bryant
Saves: G – Anthony Valenza 8; A – Darren Kasoff 10
Halftime: 6-1, Glenelg