Efremov sharp in goal as City boys defeat Poly, 5-3

No. 1 Calvert Hall baseball team held scoreless for five innings, falls to DeMatha

Severna Park rolls

March 26, 2010|By By Glenn Graham

The City boys lacrosse team relied on balanced scoring and timely saves from goalie Max Efremov to separate from rival Poly on Thursday, coming away with a 5-3 win in a key Baltimore City game.

The Knights got goals from five players - gaining the advantage with a three-goal second quarter - and Efremov (eight saves) turned away two shots from Poly's Arick Scott in the closing minutes to protect the lead.

City, a two-time Baltimore City champion, improves to 2-0 in the early going, while Poly falls to 1-1.

"It's still early in the season and we weren't on top of our game, but I thought we got to a lot of the ground balls and were able to stay ahead of them," City coach Anthony "Merk" Ryan said. "Max did a great job coming up with big saves. He usually plays midfield for us, but we needed him in the goal today and he came through."

Trailing 1-0 after a first quarter dominated by defense, the Knights broke through with three straight goals four minutes apart early in the second quarter. Senior attackman John Thomas evened the score when he came behind the cage to score at the 9:55 mark. After Donte Buck bounced home a shot to give the Knights their first lead with 7:21 left in the half, Kevin Green ripped a shot from out top for a 3-1 lead less than a minute later.

After Harry Shock scored in the opening minute of the third period to increase the advantage to 4-1, Poly, which got one goal and two assists from David Goldman, rallied to cut it to 4-3 with 3:31 left in the third quarter on goals from Bernard Lea and Ndubisi Okeke.

City's Kameron Hazzel gave the Knights a 5-3 lead with three second left in the quarter, and Efremov did the rest with strong play in goal.

Catonsville 8, Cardinal Gibbons 3: Nikko Gurnsey had four goals to lead the visiting Comets (2-0) past the Greyhounds (1-3). Gibbons goalie Chris Baker had 25 saves.

Girls lacrosse

No. 5 Winters Mill 18, Urbana 2: McKenzie Cyr had four goals and three assists to power the host Falcons (1-0) past the Bucks (0-1).

Katie Leech added four goals for Winters Mill, which led 12-1 at the half.

Baseball

DeMatha 5, No. 1 Calvert Hall 2: The host Stags held the Cardinals (3-1) scoreless for five innings. Winner Nikolay Uherek went seven innings, gave up six hits, two runs, two walks and struck out five. Calvert Hall's Ryan Swearingen went four innings in the loss.

The Cardinals scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

No. 2 Severna Park 14, No. 12 Loyola 1: Right-hander Sean Wiley (1-0) pitched five innings, giving up six hits and one run while striking out three for the Falcons (2-0).

Tough defense limited the Dons to one run, a solo home run by Matt Hnatiuk in the second inning. Brent Jones went 4-for-5 with six runs batted in and a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Severna Park.

No. 14 Atholton 7, Glenelg 4: Chris Acker went 2-for-3 with a single and a double to lead the host Raiders (2-0) past the Gladiators (1-1).

Owings Mills 18, Carver A&T 0: Right-hander Tyler Witt (1-0) pitched five innings, gave up one walk and struck out 10 as the host Eagles (1-1) no-hit the Wildcats (0-2). Offensively, Witt went 2-for-2 with a single, two walks and a two-run home run in the first inning.

Softball

No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 11, Institute of Notre Dame 0: Right-hander Emily Weiman (2-0) pitched six innings, gave up one hit and struck out 15 for the win.

Kelsie Traylor went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a double and a home run for the Cavaliers (2-0).

The Indians (0-2) got their lone hit in the fifth inning.

Atholton 4, No. 9 Glenelg 3: The host Raiders (1-0) rallied to score two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to upset the Gladiators (0-1).

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