Kent to face off against Southern for region title in lacrosse

WORTON — The pieces continue to fall into place for Kent County High School’s boys, who will get to play at home on Monday, May 13 for a region championship in lacrosse.

KCHS will face off against Southern of Anne Arundel, which advanced with a 17-6 victory at Bohemia Manor.

Game time is 5 p.m.

Seeded first in the four-school Class 1A East Region II, Kent County punched its ticket to the championship game with a 15-2 shellacking of fourth seed Cambridge-South Dorchester (1-9) in the region semifinals Thursday, May 9. The game was played on the turf of Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium at Washington College.

This was Kent County’s third win in a row, and it came just six days after a 12-2 drubbing of Cambridge in Trojan Stadium in the regular-season finale for both schools.

Tom Speakman ’92, who is in his fourth year as head coach at alma mater Kent County, said the rematch was as one-sided as the 13-goal differential would suggest.

“It’s some of the best lacrosse we’ve played,” Speakman said in a telephone interview Sunday afternoon. “The guys were communicating very well and helping each other out.”

When asked if there was any one player who stood out, Speakman responded, “The entire team, even the younger guys.”

That said, Speakman did give high marks to junior goalie David Daniels, who seems to take a step forward every game in his first year as starter in between the pipes, and senior midfielder Brady Sutton, a first-year lacrosse player who has given the Trojans another face-off guy.

Daniels finished with 11 saves; Sutton won eight face-offs.

Senior Landon Wallace sparked the offense with career highs of seven goals and nine points.

Ethan Clark (four assists) and Colin Fry (one assist) each contributed two goals, while Jack Fry, Will Speakman (five assists), Martin Parrish (three assists) and Peter Sine each scored one goal.

Kent County cleared its bench and substituted at every position — including goalie. Freshman Alex Harris made his first career save in this game.

At 7-6, Kent County is looking to finish above .500 for the first time since 2004.

Speakman cautioned that third seed Southern (5-8) should not be underestimated because of its win-loss record. Southern played a mostly Anne Arundel County schedule against larger schools.

Kent County also played a schedule chock-full of larger schools, including two-time defending Class 2A state champion Kent Island.

Kent County and Southern have one common opponent: Bo Manor. 

For what it’s worth, KCHS defeated Bo Manor (6-7) in the season opener, 15-4. But that was eight weeks ago. 

“I think it’s going to be a battle,” Speakman said of Monday’s championship game match-up. 

“We need to come out with the same intensity we did against Cambridge,” he said. “If we want it, it’s attainable.”

 

 

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