Kenworthy hits, Scorps miss

River Hill attackman has goal, 9 assists in 12-8 win

Boys lacrosse

April 21, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

River Hill's Scott Kenworthy absorbed a devastating hit early in yesterday's game against a physical Oakland Mills team.

Then the cool, first-team All-County junior delivered a little devastation of his own. He shredded Oakland Mills' defense with nine assists and one goal, leading the Hawks to a 12-8 victory.

The visiting Hawks' starting midfield -- Brooks Brumsted, Jon Clark and Abe Dyer -- also played an outstanding game, gobbling up ground balls against the less-skilled Scorpions.

"Ground balls were the difference in the game," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said. "They must have won at least 70 percent of them."

The triumph inched River Hill (7-1 overall, 3-0 league) closer to its April 29 showdown with Mount Hebron, the chief team the Hawks think stands between them and their first county championship -- and a team they've never beaten.

Dyer and attackman Brian Fabel, who scored four goals each for River Hill yesterday, benefited most from Kenworthy's accurate feeds. Kenworthy assisted on all four of Dyer's goals and on two of Fabel's.

"Oakland Mills was tough and had good athletes," Kenworthy said. "They have a lot of football players, so you had to get rid of it quickly, or you get hit. Their defense took up a lot of space, so you had to find small passing areas."

River Hill jumped to an early 3-0 lead on goals by Brumsted, Steve Shipe and Fabel.

Oakland Mills (4-4, 1-2) scored the next three goals, two by Mike Naylor and one by Steve Blakely. Naylor scored with one second left in the first quarter.

Then the Scorpions spurted ahead 5-4 at halftime on second- period goals by Blakely and Joe Ellis (two goals, two assists). Ellis' go-ahead goal came with two seconds left.

"We were more worried about getting hit in the first half than about playing," River Hill coach Jay Bond said. "Then we swallowed our fear, put in a man-to-man defense to stop Ellis, and cut better than we did in the first half."

The Hawks scored the second half's first four goals to pull away, 8-5.

Glenn Hayman cut it to 8-6 with 9: 21 to play before the Hawks scored the next three goals.

"Our game plan was to run a patient offense and deny Kenworthy," Hovet said. "But we started missing their cutters."

And Kenworthy didn't.

Pub Date: 4/21/99

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