River Hill hammers Liberty

Hawks turn up offense, cruise to 16-6 victory

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 30, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

In the end, Liberty proved to be the perfect matchup for River Hill.

Still smarting from an 8-6 season-opening loss to Arundel that dropped them out of the Top 15, the Hawks walloped the host Lions, 16-6, in Eldersburg last night.

Led by senior attack Scott Kenworthy's three goals and 10 assists, River Hill improved to 1-1 by gaining a distinct advantage in shots (42-25) and groundballs (21-8). Liberty dropped to 1-1.

The Hawks' dominance clearly wowed both head coach Jay Bond and Lions head coach Sal Picataggi.

"We played spirited tonight," Bond said. "We were aggressive on groundballs, we moved well, we shot well. This was the best game I've seen them play."

"Their offense was killing us inside," said Picataggi, who took some solace in the Lions' ability to limit River Hill to five goals in the second half. "They ran a very simple offense, but they ran a very efficient offense."

Ignoring the final score, several players on Liberty, which hadn't played since a season-opening 11-10 victory over Long Reach last Wednesday, said they were primed to face the Hawks.

"I think we were ready, but we didn't play a good game," said junior midfielder Eric Williston. "We didn't stick to our game plan that well."

After River Hill senior attack Dominic Fisher scored off a feed from Kenworthy 45 seconds into the first quarter, Lions junior attack Mark Donahue waited just 24 seconds to score his only goal of the night on a wraparound.

While Kenworthy assisted on two more Hawks goals, Liberty senior attack Kris Gooding (two goals and an assist) centered the ball to junior midfielder Kevin Myers in the slot to make it a 3-2 game with 3: 57 left in the first quarter.

But River Hill scored seven consecutive goals and traded a goal with the Lions to enjoy an 11-3 lead at halftime.

The game turned physical at times. The Hawks were assessed 13 penalties for 10 minutes, while Liberty was charged with nine penalties for 9: 30.

River Hill exploited the Lions' defense, finding seams in front of junior goalkeeper Greg Stange (11 saves) to score easy goals. On the other end of the field, Liberty's attack had problems piercing a Hawks defense anchored by seniors Brookes Brumsted and Jason Fawcett and junior Jay Morgan.

"Their defense is great with their body and footwork," said Donahue, who led the Lions with a goal and three assists. "But we were impatient, too."

Kenworthy, who will play for Yale next year, said the team used the loss to Arundel as motivation to attack Liberty.

"We were fired up all day," he said. "The whole idea is to be intense the whole time and not to let up."

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