South River 12,
During the first half of last night's boys lacrosse game at Arundel, South River junior attack Chris Wolf and his teammates scored at will. By halftime, Wolf had secured a hat trick and the fourth-ranked Seahawks cruised to a four-goal lead.
However, in the third quarter, Wolf, nor the rest of his teammates, could find the net and the Wildcats took advantage of the dry spell and trailed by one goal entering the final quarter.
But in the fourth quarter, Wolf finally scored again, along with three of his teammates, as South River used a five-goal outburst to win, 12-7, in a Maryland 4A/3A East game in Gambrills.
"I don't think we got nervous, we just let down a little," said Wolf, who had four goals in the game, and leads the team in scoring with 18 goals. "We finally settled down on offense, got in our own tempo, and we got it back."
Senior attack Jon Beard had two goals and three assists, and now has 13 goals and 12 assists this season. Senior midfielders Kyle Jones and Richie Ward each scored twice for South River, which improved to 5-0.
"Arundel was sky-high tonight, they out-groundballed us in the first half, and they were able to control the ball because of their tenacity," South River Coach Greg Carroll said. "In the third quarter, we came out a little flat, but in the fourth quarter, we ran our offense and things started to go our way."
On defense, South River senior goaltender Josh Kachura made 13 saves.
"He's a good goalie," Carroll said. "I expected him to make the saves that he did, and he may have thought he should've made a few more."
Arundel (2-2) fell behind 7-3 at halftime, but senior attacks Neal Clark and Luis Gonzalez combined to bring the Wildcats back. Clark scored twice to open the period, and then assisted on a goal by Gonzalez, which brought Arundel back within one goal with 5 minutes 42 seconds left in the third quarter.
Arundel would score only once more, however, a goal by Gonzalez, who finished with four goals and one assist.
"We got them out of their game plan a little bit, and were able to get into our game plan there in the third quarter," Arundel Coach Clint Gosnell said. "But at the beginning of the fourth quarter, they regrouped a little bit."