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Dragons Lair Update – Battle for Nationals (2016 Lacrosse Playoffs)


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HELLO I’M DIANE SCHUMACHER, WELCOME TO DRAGONS LAIR UPDATE. THIS MONTH, HCC MEN’S AND WOMEN’S LACROSSE
COMPETE FOR REGION 20 GLORY, AND THE RIGHT TO ADVANCE TO NATIONALS. WE’LL ALSO HAVE
A TRACK AND FIELD NATIONALS RECAP. FIRST UP IS MEN’S LACROSSE. HOWARD TAKES
ON HARFORD IN THE REGION 20 TOURNAMENT. GARY WILLIAMS ANCHORS OUR COVERAGE. THANKS, DIANE. HOWARD ENTERS THE TOURNAMENT
AS THE NUMBER TWO SEED, LOOKING TO AVOID A FOURTH CONSECUTIVE LOSS IN THE REGION 20 SEMIFINALS.
THE STAKES ARE HIGH FOR THE DRAGONS. A WIN ALL BUT LOCKS UP AN NJCAA AT-LARGE SELECTION
FOR HOWARD. LACROSSE ANALYST MIKE JONES IS WITH US FOR THIS WIN OR GO HOME SHOWDOWN.
MIKE, WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE FOR HOWARD TO GET THE WIN? TRANSITION WILL BE A KEY FOR HOWARD TODAY.
HARFORD’S DEFENSE DOESN’T ALWAYS COMMUNICATE AS WELL AS THEY SHOULD. AND THAT’S ESSENTIAL
IN UNSETTLED SITUATIONS. HOWARD HAS AN EDGE DEFENSIVELY. ALL OF THEIR LONG POLES HAVE
BEEN PLAYING REALLY WELL ALL SEASON. HARFORD ENTERS THE GAME WITH A 7-AND-6 RECORD.
THE FIGHTING OWLS GAVE PERENNIAL POWER CCBC ESSEX A SCARE IN MARCH, BUT THEY HAVE ONLY
TWO WINS OVER WINNING TEAMS. MIKE, HOW CAN HARFORD SCORE THE UPSET? HARFORD’S GONNA NEED TO PLAY AT THEIR OWN
PACE. THE KEY TO BREAKING DOWN HOWARD’S DEFENSE IS POSSESSION AND QUICK BALL MOVEMENT.
DEFENSIVELY THEY’RE GONNA HAVE TO STOP HOWARD’S BIG GUNS. MITCHELL, CURCIO, AND DAGNANLEACH. THE WINNER MOVES ON, THE LOSER GOES HOME.
LET’S GO TO THE DRAGONS LAIR. FIRST QUARTER, 2-0 DRAGONS, HARFORD NOT CONNECTING
IN THE SETTLED SIX ON SIX. OUTSTANDING WORK FROM TREY LUNDELIUS LEADS TO A TURNOVER. LUKE
MATANIN WINS THE GROUND BALL FOR HOWARD. AND HE GOES TO DO-IT-ALL SHORT STICK MIDDIE RONALD
CARNEY, BROKE HIS ANKLES THERE. CARNEY PUSHES IT IN TRANSITION. ZACH BEARD HITS JACKSON
DOWNS! EXCELLENT EXECUTION FROM THE DRAGONS, MIKE. HOWARD’S OFFENSE CAN RUN TRANSITION BETTER
THAN MOST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY GOOD INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE BY HARFORD, BUT THERE’S
NO SLIDE, AND YOU CAN’T STOP AUSTIN MITCHELL ONE ON ONE. HOWARD HAS BUILT A 4-NOTHING LEAD, HARFORD
JUST CAN’T GENERATE ANYTHING ON OFFENSE AT THE MOMENT. PARESE WILLIAMS GOT HIS STICK
UP IN THE PASSING LANE AND IT SAILED OUT OF BOUNDS. WILLIAMS CHASES IT DOWN, QUICK RESTART,
HE LIKES WHAT HE SEES, 3-ON-3 IN TRANSITION, FREES UP BEARD, HITS A WIDE OPEN KEVIN CURCIO
AND THE GOALIE HAS NO CHANCE. SECOND QUARTER NOW, SETTLED SIX ON SIX POSSESSION
FOR HOWARD… FIGHTING OWLS WANT NO PART OF ALL-AMERICAN AUSTIN MITCHELL. 6-0 DRAGONS. HARFORD JUST TURNED IT OVER, DRAGONS DOING
SOME DAMAGE IN TRANSITION, SCOTT DAGNANLEACH SMOKES THE CORNER. THE SOPHOMORE OUT OF THE
UK MAKES IT AN 8-1 GAME. ONTO THE SECOND HALF, FIGHTING OWLS CAME OUT
WITH SOME ENERGY, IT’S NOW A 6 GOAL GAME, HERE HARFORD TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AN UNCOMMON
MISTAKE BY THE HOWARD DEFENSE IN TRANSITION. MIKE COOKE WITH THE OVERHAND FINISH, BRINGS
HARFORD BACK WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE. HOWARD’S LEAD IS DOWN TO 4, AFTER A FIGHTING
OWLS GOAL HERE’S MATT JUN AND TRISTAN PACE BATTLING AT THE FACE-OFF X.
MATANIN WITH A HEADS UP PLAY OFF THE FACE-OFF, AND HE BEATS EVERYBODY DOWN THE FIELD FOR
ANOTHER GREAT TRANSITION BY HOWARD. LUKE MATANIN GIVES IT UP TO ZACH BEARD! ANOTHER
ASSISTED TRANSITION GOAL FOR THE DRAGONS. 1:40 REMAINING IN THE THIRD QUARTER, HARFORD’S
EXTRA MAN OFFENSE TAKES THE FIELD. PETER EMERY TAKES FROM HIM, EVERYTHING. TREMENDOUS INDIVIDUAL
EFFORT BY EMERY TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM BRAD SMITH…..MATANIN WINS IT FOR HOWARD…..
HITS MICHAEL RUSSELL RIGHT IN THE STICK. TRANSITION SEEMED TO BE THE KEY TO THIS GAME.
HUSTLE PRODUCES A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES AND THEY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF EVERY ONE. DRAGONS END HARFORD’S SEASON. 18-8 IS YOUR
FINAL, LET’S SEND IT DOWN TO MATT STOVALL. SCOTT, WHAT WAS COACH FOUST TELLING YOU COMING
INTO THIS GAME? WELL HE WAS JUST TELLING US TO WIN THE GROUND
BALL BATTLE, AS ALWAYS, GOTTA WIN THE HUSTLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD AND JUST KEEP COMPOSURE,
KEEP FOCUSED ON THIS GAME, DON’T BE THINKING ABOUT SUNDAY TOO SOON, JUST TAKE IT ONE GAME
AT A TIME AND GET THE W. KEVIN, WHAT WAS THE KEY TO DOING SO WELL OFFENSIVELY
TODAY AGAINST HARFORD? I THINK WE HAD TO COMMUNICATE AND WE HAD TO
MOVE THE BALL AROUND AND JUST GET LOOKS. AND WE NEEDED TO GET THAT, GET THAT WORKING, GET
THAT CLICKING FOR SUNDAY. AND I THINK WE DID THAT TODAY.
SO SCOTT, YOU’VE COME HERE FROM MANCHESTER, ENGLAND. YOU’VE BEEN LIVING ACROSS THE STREET
AND IT ALL COMES DOWN TO SUNDAY. TELL ME, TAKE ME THROUGH YOUR MINDSET RIGHT NOW.
I CAN’T WAIT, I CAN’T PUT IT INTO WORDS MAN LIKE UH, IT’S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY FOR
ME ACROSS THE POND AND NOW WE’RE HERE, YOU KNOW, WE’RE AT THE TOP OF REGION 20, WE
GOT ALL TO PLAY FOR, AND WE’RE COMPETING FOR THAT NUMBER ONE SPOT. I CAN’T WAIT. IT’S TIME FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. HOWARD TAKES
ON EIGHT TIME DEFENDING REGION 20 CHAMPION CCBC ESSEX. DRAGONS ARE LOOKING TO BEAT ESSEX
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2008. DESPITE THE KNIGHTS’ DOMINANCE IN THE WIN COLUMN, THE
RIVALRY FEELS ALIVE AND WELL, WITH BOTH TEAMS AND COACHING STAFFS SHARING MUTUAL ANIMOSITY
HEADING INTO THIS ONE. MIKE JONES, THE LAST HOWARD COACH TO BEAT ESSEX IS BACK FOR THIS
REGION 20 FINAL. COACH, HOW CAN HOWARD BEAT THE KNIGHTS? THERE ARE SEVERAL KEYS TO TODAY’S GAME FOR
HOWARD. FIRST I THINK THEY HAVE TO HAVE A SUSTAINED EFFORT. I EXPECT THEM TO GO UP EARLY,
BUT THEY NEED TO MAINTAIN A CONSISTENT EFFORT FOR 60 MINUTES. THEY ALSO NEED TO STOP THE
KNIGHTS’ TALENTED ATTACK. IT SEEMS LIKE THEIR ATTACK CAN SCORE AT WILL. CCBC ESSEX ENTERS THE GAME WITH A 14-AND-2
RECORD. THE KNIGHTS ARE ON A FIVE GAME WIN STREAK, AND THEY’RE UNDEFEATED AGAINST REGION
20 OPPONENTS OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. MIKE, HOW CAN ESSEX MAKE IN NINE IN A ROW?
ESSEX NEEDS TO GET THE BALL TO THEIR ATTACK.AS GOOD AS HOWARD’S DEFENSE IS, IT’S DIFFICULT
TO CONTROL SUCH A TALENTED GROUP, LIKE THE KNIGHTS’ ATTACK. I THINK POSSESSION IS A
KEY FOR ESSEX AS WELL, KEEPING THE BALL AWAY FROM HOWARD’S OFFENSE, AND STOPPING THEM
IN TRANSITION. HOWARD AND ESSEX FACE-OFF IN THE REGION 20
CHAMPIONSHIP. LET’S GO TO THE DRAGONS LAIR. FIRST HALF, EXTRA MAN OPPORTUNITY FOR HOWARD.
ZACH BEARD!! DRAGONS LAND THE FIRST BLOW. WELL PLACED BOUNCE SHOT FROM THE FRESHMAN
OUT OF RIVER HILL. KNIGHTS ON OFFENSE, RAPHAEL VARGAS MAKES NO
MISTAKES. THAT WAS ALL THEIR ATTACK, QUICK BALL MOVEMENT
BY THE ESSEX OFFENSE MATT GRANGER. SCOTT DAGNANLEACH. KEVIN CURCIO!
HOWARD RECLAIMS THE LEAD. CURCIO GETS THE BETTER OF ALL-AMERICAN LONG POLE SID EWELL,
AND THE TWO HAVE TO BE SEPARATED. ESSEX SEEMS TO BE SLOW TO SLIDE ON ANYONE
EXCEPT MITCHELL, CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHER PLAYERS, LIKE DANIEL CHU. THE DRAGONS ARE HAVING SOME SUCCESS AGAINST
ESSEX EARLY. 3 MINUTES REMAINING IN THE FIRST QUARTER,
DEREK TAYLOR, ON THE RUN, SCORES! TIMELY RESPONSE FROM THE KNIGHTS. 20 SECONDS TO GO IN THE FIRST QUARTER, TAYLOR
WITH THE BALL IN HIS STICK… TREY LUNDELIUS MAKES A PLAY ON DEFENSE. DRAGONS ARE UNABLE
TO GET THE GROUND BALL, NUMBER 2 IN GOLD MATT LECOMPTE GETS THE DEFENSE MOVING, AND IT’S
BRENDAN NOLAN! EXECUTES RIGHT ON THE DOORSTEP. HOWARD 4, ESSEX 4 AT THE HALF. DECLAN WHINNERY DODGING TO THAT PRIME REAL
ESTATE, AND WHAT A BEAUTY THAT WAS. HIGH TO LOW LEFTY FINISH. WHINNERY COMING UP HUGE
IN THE REGION 20 CHAMPIONSHIP, 2 GOALS IN JUST OVER 30 MINUTES. 11:46 TO GO IN THE THIRD, BRENDAN NOLAN DOING
SOME MORE WORK ON THE RIGHT SIDE. NOLAN TIES THE GAME. ESSEX WON THE FACE-OFF, TAYLOR MAKES TWO DRAGONS
MISS, GETS TO THE MIDDLE, AND HE SIDEARMS IT IN. KNIGHTS TAKE THEIR FIRST LEAD ON THE
GAME. DEREK TAYLOR SHOWS WHY HE’S A DIVISION ONE
RECRUIT. 30 SECOND PUSH CALL ON JAMES CASE, HERE’S
THE DRAGONS’ EXTRA MAN UNIT, AUSTIN MITCHELL GOES TO BEARD. HOWARD MAKES EM PAY, BEARD
TIES IT UP WITH HIS SECOND EXTRA MAN TALLY. THE DRAGON FRESHMEN ARE CONTRIBUTING ON THE
BIG STAGE. AFTER A HOWARD FAILED CLEAR, HERE’S RAPHAEL
VARGAS, ON THE INVERT, BEATS HIM TO HIS SPOT, AND ESSEX REGAINS THE LEAD. LECOMPTE SHARP ANGLE, THE SIDE OF THE NET
IS ALL HE GETS. MARK BOWSER GOES TO MICHAEL RUSSELL, NOT EXPECTING THE PASS, BUT RUSSELL’S
ABLE TO SECURE IT ANYWAY. AND HE DELIVERS A DIME TO KEEGAN MOHAN ON THE CLEAR, MOHAN
RUNS FREE INTO THE BOX, SCORES!!! KEEGAN MOHAN BRINGS THE DRAGONS LAIR TO LIFE WITH THE LONG
POLE EQUALIZER. THE DRAGONS ARE BELIEVING, AND STARTING TO PUT A SCARE INTO THEIR HATED
RIVAL. 7:35 REMAINING IN THE CONTEST, HOWARD AND
ESSEX EXCHANGED GOALS, AND WE’RE TIED AT 8. INITIALLY GREAT DEFENSE BY EMMANUEL NWANA,
BUT ESSEX IS PERSISTENT, GETTING TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD FOR A HIGH PERCENTAGE SHOT. NOLAN!
COMES UP WITH A BIG TIME PLAY. 4:58 TO PLAY, HOWARD’S DEFENSE JUST CAME
UP WITH A STOP, BUT PROCEEDED TO THROW IT AWAY ON THE CLEAR. BRANDYN O’CONNELL FEEDS
VARGAS! DRAGONS GIVE UP AN OPEN SHOT RIGHT ON THE CREASE, AND THE KNIGHTS TAKE THEIR
BIGGEST LEAD OF THE DAY. A SIMPLE THREE MAN PLAY BY ESSEX’S ATTACK
GIVES THEM A TWO GOAL LEAD. HOWARD WON THE FACE-OFF, 4:31 TO PLAY, CRUCIAL
POSSESSION. JACKSON DOWNS TO DAGNANLEACH! JACKSON EHLERT YARD SALES HIM RIGHT BEFORE
THE SHOT. KNIGHTS FORCE A TURNOVER WITH LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES TO GO. ESSEX OPTED TO MILK THE CLOCK, OFFICIALS HIT
EM WITH A SHOT CLOCK, 2:30 REMAINING. DECLAN WHINNERY, GREAT GAME, BUT A POOR DECISION
HERE AT THE END WHEN IT COULD HAVE MATTERED. ELHERT CORRALS THE GROUND BALL, ESSEX COMES
UP WITH ANOTHER 4TH QUARTER DEFENSIVE STAND. 44 SECONDS, DRAGONS DOUBLE THE BALL, EMPTY
NET. CCBC ESSEX WINS THE REGION 20 CHAMPIONSHIP. 11-8 KNIGHTS IS YOUR FINAL. NEXT UP FOR THE DRAGONS, A NATIONAL QUARTERFINAL
SHOWDOWN AGAINST FOURTH RANKED GENESEE. HOWARD ENTERS THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT AS THE AT-LARGE
SELECTION. GENESEE ENTERS NATIONALS WITH A 12-AND-4 RECORD. THE COUGARS ARE COMING OFF
OF AN EIGHT GOAL LOSS TO ONONDAGA IN THE REGION 3 CHAMPIONSHIP. LACROSSE ANALYST MIKE JONES
IS BACK FOR THIS PLAYOFF MATCHUP. MIKE, DESCRIBE GENESEE’S GAME. GENESEE LIKES TO PLAY AN UP TEMPO GAME, EVEN
WHEN THEY’RE IN A SETTLED OFFENSE THE BALL MOVES QUICKLY. AND OFF BALL MOVEMENT CAN CONFUSE
EVEN THE BEST DEFENSES. POSSESSION IS ALSO A KEY FOR GENESEE. THEY TEND TO SCORE ON MOST
SETTLED POSSESSIONS. THE WINNER GOES TO THE FINAL FOUR. THE LOSER’S
SEASON IS OVER. LET’S GO TO THE HIGHLIGHTS. FIRST QUARTER, SHERMAN WILLIAMS GOES RIGHT
AT SHORT STICK EMMANUEL NWANA, AND HE FINISHES HIGH! TREMENDOUS PLACEMENT ON THE SOUTHPAW
SHOT. GENESEE RECLAIMS THE LEAD. LATER IN THE FIRST, WE’RE TIED AT 2, JACKSON
DOWNS DRAWS THE SLIDE, DUMPS IT OFF TO KEVIN CURCIO! DRAGONS RESPOND WITH TWO UNANSWERED SECOND QUARTER, WHAT A MATCHUP, WE HAVE ALL-AMERICAN
PAT VAN BORTLE WORKING AGAINST ALL-REGION 20, ALL-MARYLAND JUCO LONG POLE LUKE MATANIN.
VAN BORTLE WINS THIS BATTLE. GENESEE REGAINS THE LEAD. ENSUING FACE-OFF, MIKE CATERNOLO AND REED
HNIDY OUTNUMBER HOWARD’S MATT JUN AT THE FACE-OFF X AND WIN POSSESSION FOR THE COUGARS. A FEW SECONDS LATER, GENESEE LOOKING TO SET
UP ITS OFFENSE, BUT THE ERRANT PASS WINDS UP ON THE TURF. JACOB BOMBERRY SLAPS IT IN
THE DIRECTION OF LONG STICK REED HNIDY! THE ALL-AMERICAN OUT OF SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN
WITH TWO GROUND BALLS AND A GOAL ON THIS ONE POSSESSION 3-0 RUN FOR GENESEE, AFTER A HOWARD TIMEOUT
MATT JUN WINS THE FACE-OFF TO HIMSELF, GETS IT OFF TO SCOTT DAGNANLEACH, THREADS THE NEEDLE
TO ZACH BEARD! AND BEARD WITH THE SOUTHPAW BOMB! OUTSTANDING ASSISTED EFFORT FROM HOWARD. DRAGONS JUST CAME UP EMPTY AFTER A LONG POSSESSION,
GENESEE CARVING HOWARD UP WITH QUICK METHODICAL PASSING IN TRANSITION, BOMBERRY MAKES THE
EXTRA PASS TO VAN BORTLE. AND THE DRAGONS GIVE UP A LAY-UP. 3 GOAL LEAD FOR THE COUGARS HOWARD’S OFFENSE JUST TURNED IT OVER, LUKE
MATANIN WINS IT BACK FOR THE DRAGONS, HERE HE COMES LOOKING TO SPARK TRANSITION, MET
BY HNIDY AT MIDFIELD, AND HE AND KEEGAN MOHAN ARE UNABLE TO CONNECT. AND WE HAVE A NIGHTMARE
COLLISION FOR DRAGON FANS. MIKE, MATANIN IS OUT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE GAME, AND MOHAN
WOULD RETURN JUST BEFORE THE HALF. HOWARD HAS TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT ADJUSTMENT
NOW THAT MATANIN IS OUT FOR THE GAME. GENESEE, SHOWING ITS KILLER INSTINCT HERE,
AND RIGHT AFTER THE INJURY TIMEOUT VAN BORTLE WILL NOT BE DENIED. STORMS THE CREASE AND
BEATS BOWSER HIGH. COUGARS, ON A 5-1 RUN. MOHAN IS STILL RECEIVING TREATMENT ON THE
SIDELINE, THIS TIME VAN BORTLE IS THE DISTRIBUTOR, CROSS FIELD ARROW TO ALL-AMERICAN JACOB BOMBERRY!
GENESEE OUTSCORES HOWARD 8-1 IN THE SECOND QUARTER TO TAKE A COMMANDING 11-4 HALFTIME
LEAD. ONTO THE SECOND HALF, AND COUGARS CREATE EVEN
MORE SEPARATION, THEIR LEAD IS NOW 9. BOMBERRY WITH THE HIGH TO LOW RIP. GENESEE IS ON A
12-2 RUN OVER THE LAST 25 MINUTES, MIKE GENESEE PLAYS A BACKER DEFENSE, AND MITCHELL
STILL RUNS BY BOTH OF THEM. AUSTIN MITCHELL GETS ONE BACK FOR HOWARD AT
THE END OF THE THIRD QUARTER. DAVIS PRINCE, FRESHMAN OUT OF LONDON, ONTARIO,
WITH 6 ASSISTS IN THIS NATIONAL QUARTERFINAL, AND HERE HE FINDS PAT VAN BORTLE ON THE RIGHT
SIDE, AND HE MAKES IT A 9 GOAL GAME. 8:48 REMAINING IN THE CONTEST, THE TIME IS
NOW FOR HOWARD TO MAKE ITS MOVE. AUSTIN MITCHELL GETS TO THE MIDDLE, AND HE SCORES. HAT TRICK
FOR THE FUTURE UMBC RETRIEVER. THE COUGARS WENT ON TO OUTSCORE HCC IN THE
4TH QUARTER AS WELL. GENESEE ENDS HOWARD’S SEASON. THE COUGARS WOULD GO ON TO WIN THEIR
FIRST EVER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. PICKUP HERE!!!!!!! IT’S TIME FOR WOMEN’S LACROSSE. OUR ANALYST
PLAYED VARSITY LACROSSE AT WILDE LAKE HIGH SCHOOL. AND WHILE THERE SHE WAS ONE OF THEIR
TOP SCORERS AND AN ELITE 300 CAMP ALUM, IT’S A PLEASURE TO WELCOME MARYLEE ADAMS. THANKS GARY, PLEASURE TO BE HERE GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE NOW HOWARD IS LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY, MARYLEE,
AS A WIN SECURES THE PROGRAM’S FIRST EVER TRIP TO NATIONALS. THE DRAGONS BEAT ANNE ARUNDEL
TWICE IN THE REGULAR SEASON. SO MARYLEE, HOW CAN HOWARD WIN THIS PLAYOFF
CONTEST AGAINST THE RIVERHAWKS? WELL HOWARD HAS THE ADVANTAGE COMING IN TO
THIS GAME OVER ANNE ARUNDEL. BUT THEY NEED TO SET THEIR PLAYS UP FROM BEHIND THE GOAL,
BE PATIENT, AND SPREAD THINGS OUT. CASSIDY DELANEY IS GOING TO BE A BIG FACTOR IN THIS
GAME. SHE’S BEEN DOMINATING IN THE MIDFIELD AND ON ATTACK AND SHE REALLY HAS ALL THE TOOLS
A DIVISION ONE TEAM WOULD LOOK FOR. SHE’S GOT THE MECHANICS, THE SPEED, AND HER SIZE
IS A HUGE ADVANTAGE ON THE FIELD. ANNE ARUNDEL ENTERS THE GAME WITH A 10-AND-7
RECORD. THE RIVERHAWKS HAVE REPRESENTED REGION 20 AT NATIONALS FIVE OUT OF THE LAST SIX SEASONS.
SO MARYLEE, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE FROM ANNE ARUNDEL? ANNE ARUNDEL HAS A STRONG OFFENSE. THEY HAVE
SOME KEY PLAYERS BUT DEFENSIVELY IT’S GONNA BE HARD FOR THEM TO KEEP UP WITH HOWARD. THEY’RE
GONNA NEED TO STEP UP THEIR DRAW CONTROL TO GET THINGS GOING FROM THE MIDFIELD. THE WINNER GOES TO NATIONALS, THE LOSER’S
SEASON COMES TO AN END. LET’S GO TO THE DRAGONS LAIR. FIRST HALF, ANNE ARUNDEL HAS AN EARLY LEAD,
SILVIA KIM, PLAYING QUARTERBACK FOR THE DRAGONS. HOWARD DOES A NICE JOB OF TAKING THEIR TIME
AND WORKING THE BALL AROUND AND WAITING FOR CASSIDY DELANEY TO CUT IN. POWERFUL CORNER
GOAL BY DELANEY SILVIA KIM IS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB OF SETTING
UP THE PLAYS BEHIND THE CAGE. SHE’S SO FAST, ANNE ARUNDEL CAN’T KEEP UP. KIM AND REBEKA COUGHLIN GO TO WORK ON THE
ANNE ARUNDEL DEFENSE. ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL ASSISTED EFFORT FROM COACH PONCHIONE’S DRAGONS RENEE RUPPERT…. ELAINE DRAPER…. FINDS
THE BACK OF THE NET DRAPER DOES A GOOD JOB OF USING HER BODY TO
ROLL OFF THE DEFENDER AND GET THE GOAL. COUGHLIN LOOKS TO PASS BUT DOES AN AMAZING
JOB OF SPINNING THROUGH THE DEFENDERS AND GETTING THE GOAL ON HER OWN. REALLY GREAT
FOOTWORK BY COUGHLIN SECOND HALF NOW, HERE’S RENE RUPPERT
HOWARD’S DEFENSE LETS RUPPERT GET PAST THEM TOO EASILY. SHE NEEDS TO SWITCH HER STICK
TO HER LEFT SIDE SO SHE CAN DEFEND THE SHOT. ANNE ARUNDEL’S ON A 2-0 RUN, THE GAME IS
NOW TIED, CASSIDY DELANEY! GOAL! GREAT SPEED BY CASSIDY DELANEY HOWARD’S NOT WASTING ANY TIME SETTING UP
PLAYS BEHIND THE CAGE, AND IT’S PAYING OFF. DELANEY HAMMERS IT IN! ANOTHER ASSISTED GOAL
FROM HOWARD DRAPER GETS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD, AND
SHE COMES UP WITH A BIG TIME TALLY, MARYLEE. DRAPER POWERS THROUGH THE HOWARD DEFENSE ENSUING DRAW, COUGHLIN AGAINST DRAPER.
EXCELLENT DRAW CONTROL BY HOWARD DELANEY KEEPS HER HEAD UP LOOKING TO FEED.
CONNECTS WITH HEATHER VELI! AND SHE BURIES IT IN TRANSITION. NICE LEFT SHOT BY HEATHER VELI 7 MINUTES REMAINING IN THE CONTEST, DELANEY
ONCE AGAIN GETS HERSELF A HIGH PERCENTAGE SHOT, AND SHE MAKES EM PAY. DELANEY HAS EXCELLENT MECHANICS, AND SHE IS
REALLY FAST, HER HEIGHT HELPS HER TOO. ANNE ARUNDEL’S HAVING A HARD TIME COVERING HER. 5:14 TO PLAY, RUPPERT WITH THE FREE POSITION…
KEEPS HER TEAM IN IT, HOWARD’S LEAD IS DOWN TO TWO. 4:15 REMAINING NOW, HOWARD WON THE DRAW, DELANEY
OPERATING FROM BEHIND THE CAGE, DODGES ABOVE GOAL LINE EXTENDED, AND DELIVERS AN OVERHAND
RIP! DELANEY IS RELENTLESS. SHE’S GONNA FIND
A WAY TO GET THE BALL TO GOAL SOMEHOW. ANNE ARUNDEL WON THE DRAW, WE’RE INSIDE
4 MINUTES. DANIELLE SPENCER LANDS A STICK CHECK. DRAGONS WIN! HOWARD SECURES A BID TO
NATIONALS!! FROM HOWARD’S PLAY CALLING TO THEIR GROUND
BALLS, THEY FIRED ON ALL CYLINDERS TODAY. 13-9 DRAGONS IS YOUR FINAL. IT’S TIME FOR THE REGION 20 CHAMPIONSHIP.
HOWARD GOES UP AGAINST HARFORD. THE WINNER AND LOSER OF THIS GAME BOTH ADVANCE TO THE
NATIONALS. THE CHAMPION PLAYS REGION 3 RUNNER-UP ONONDAGA. WHILE THE LOSER OF THIS GAME WILL
HAVE TO PLAY THREE-TIME DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION MONROE.
HARFORD IS THE DEFENDING REGION 20, DISTRICT B CHAMPION. THE FIGHTING OWLS ARE ALSO THE
ONLY TEAM TO BEAT HOWARD THIS YEAR. AS HARFORD HAS TWO WINS OVER THE DRAGONS. MARYLEE, WHAT
MAKES HARFORD SO TOUGH? CASSIDY JONES AND LAUREN HAGGERTY. THEY MAKE
UP A LOT OF HARFORD’S OFFENSE. THEY USE THEIR STICK SKILLS TO BEAT THE DEFENDERS AND
THEY DON’T JUST RELY ON THEIR ATHLETICISM. I EXPECT THIS TO BE A PHYSICAL GAME AND PLAY
CALLING IS GOING TO BE A KEY FACTOR. HOWARD AND HARFORD BATTLE FOR THE REGION 20,
DISTRICT B CHAMPIONSHIP. LET’S GO TO THE DRAGONS LAIR. LET’S TAKE YOU TO THE END OF THE FIRST HALF,
WE’RE TIED AT 6. IVANA YAKOVLEFF TAKES THE BALL IN HER STICK. DODGES, WHAT A PLAY!! HOWARD
TAKES THE LEAD. NICE HOOK SHOT BY IVANA YAKOVLEFF. SHE REALLY
USES HER BODY TO ROLL THROUGH THE HARFORD DEFENDERS ENSUING DRAW, REBEKA COUGHLIN UP AGAINST BRITTANY
MINSKY. CASSIDY DELANEY GETS IT GOING FOR HOWARD. DELANEY FLYING LIKE A GAZELLE, DELANEY!!!
WITH ONE FOR THE CAMERAS! 2 GOAL LEAD FOR THE DRAGONS, MARYLEE. THAT ALL STARTED WITH COUGHLIN’S DRAW CONTROL
AND THEN DELANEY USES HER SPEED AND TENACITY TO FINISH THE PLAY WITH A GOAL HOWARD IS JUMPING ALL OVER HARFORD, 3 GOALS
IN THE LAST MINUTE FOR THE DRAGONS. AUDREY FORD… SILVIA KIM… DRAWS THE SLIDE AND
FREES UP GANNON COSTELLO!! 4 GOAL LEAD FOR THE DRAGONS! WELL THAT WAS SOME GREAT PASSING BY HOWARD,
GARY. THEY WAITED FOR THE RIGHT PLAYER TO OPEN UP. THEY’RE REALLY WORKING THE BALL
ON THE OFFENSE. SECOND HALF NOW, MOMENTUM STAYS WITH THE DRAGONS. EXCELLENT PLAY CALLING BY HOWARD. SETTING
UP THEIR PLAYS FROM BEHIND THE GOAL IS REALLY HELPING THEM TODAY. 23 MINUTES REMAINING IN THE CONTEST, KIM OFF
THE RESTART, SEES AN OPENING AND DOESN’T WASTE A MOTION. 6-0 RUN FOR THE DRAGONS. FIGHTING OWLS WON THE DRAW, CASSIDY JONES
WORKING BEHIND THE GOAL. CASSIDY JONES USES HER STRONG STICK SKILLS
TO BEAT OUT THAT DEFENDER. LAUREN CAVANAUGH, DODGING, MOVES TO THE MIDDLE
OF THE FIELD, HOWARD’S DEFENSE IS DROPPING BEHIND, THEY
NEED TO STAY WITH THEIR MARK ALL-AMERICAN LAUREN HAGGERTY WAS INJURED DURING
HOWARD’S BIG RUN, BUT SHE’S BACK ON THE FIELD. WOW QUITE A LONG SHOT. HAGGERTY HAS A HUGE
ARM. HER SHOTS ARE POWERFUL AND PRECISE. FREE POSITION FOR YAKOVLEFF. BEATS HER WITH
A BOUNCER! ENDS A 3-0 HARFORD RUN AND RECLAIMS SOME MOMENTUM FOR THE DRAGONS. 18 MINUTES REMAINING, CASSIDY DELANEY LAUNCHES
IT HIGH! SCORES! HOWARD’S LEAD IS BACK TO FIVE, MARYLEE. GREAT BALL PLACEMENT BY DELANEY THERE. JUST UNDER 15 MINUTES NOW, CASSIDY JONES SEES
THE CUTTER. BIG GOAL FOR THE FIGHTING OWLS. GARY, THAT’S SOME NICE PLAY CALLING BY HARFORD ANOTHER STRONG ARM SHOT BY HAGGERTY. SHE’S
USING A HOOK SHOT THAT HAS MORE POWER, AND IT MAKES IT HARDER FOR THE GOALIE TO SAVE. GARY, HOWARD IS REALLY GELLING AS A TEAM AND
COUGHLIN’S DRAW CONTROL IS SPEARHEADING THE OFFENSE. AFTER A HARFORD FOUL, HERE’S DELANEY, FREE
POSITION SHOT, DELANEY SCORES!! 5 CHAMPIONSHIP GOALS FROM THE DRAGONS FRESHMAN. A 4 GOAL
LEAD FOR HOWARD WITH 11 MINUTES TO GO. COSTELLO SERVING A PENALTY, HOWARD’S DOWN
A PLAYER. NICOLE COTE STAYS ON HURLEY AND MAKES HER RETREAT. GOES TO CASSIDY JONES.
WHAT A PASS TO MEGAN ARO! THE SHOT IS WIDE, GOALIE ELLIE GARVEY AND
KIM RUN IT OUT FOR HOWARD. OFFICIALS CALL A FOUL ON GARVEY! SO GARVEY’S OUT OF HER CREASE, HARFORD CAPITALIZES,
BUT HOLD ON, NICOLE COTE RECEIVES A RED CARD ON THE PLAY, THE GOAL IS WAIVED OFF, BUT THE
DRAGONS LOSE THEIR CAPTAIN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE GAME, AND COTE, MARYLEE, WOULD BE SUSPENDED
FOR THE NATIONAL SEMIFINAL. GARY, THAT REALLY HURTS HOWARD. NICOLE COTE
IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST DEFENDERS ON THE TEAM. FREE POSITION FOR SIERRA DONOVAN. GARVEY,
UNBELIEVABLE, SPRINTS INTO THE CREASE AND DENIES DONOVAN!! AWESOME JOB BY GARVEY GETTING ACROSS THAT
GOAL. SHE HAD HER EYE ON THE BALL THE WHOLE TIME. 3:30 REMAINING IN THE REGION 20 CHAMPIONSHIP,
CAN THE DRAGONS MAKE HISTORY? DANIELLE SPENCER CREATES THAT TURNOVER AND
ENERGIZES HOWARD’S MOMENTUM. 2:30 TO GO, MINSKY TAKES IT ACROSS MIDFIELD,
IVANA YAKOVLEFF IS RIGHT THERE WITH HER. YAKOVLEFF FORCES THE TURNOVER! AND SECURES THE GROUND
BALL FOR HOWARD! YELLOW CARD ON MINSKY TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE FOR HARFORD. 1:19 TO PLAY, HARFORD’S STILL A MAN DOWN,
JONES TO CAVANAUGH!! GARVEY, WHAT A SAVE!! GARVEY IS MAKING SOME REALLY VITAL SAVES TODAY.
GREAT PERFORMANCE BY HER. HOWARD WINS THE REGION CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE
FIRST TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY! HOWARD REALLY WON IT WITH THEIR MIDFIELD TODAY.
STARTING THEIR PLAYS FROM THE DRAW CONTROL AND GARVEY LED THEIR DEFENSE TO A WELL DESERVED
CHAMPIONSHIP. LET’S SEND IT DOWN TO OMID HOSSEINI. TELL US WHAT COACH PONCHIONE WAS TELLING YOU
REGARDING, OR THE TEAM I SHOULD SAY, REGARDING HARFORD HEADING INTO THE GAME.
ACUTALLY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME HE TOLD US TO HAVE FUN AND THAT WAS LIKE THE MAIN
THING HE TOLD US LIKE MAKE SURE YOU COME OUT THERE AND YOU HAVE FUN CAUSE WHENEVER WE DO
HAVE FUN LIKE THAT’S WHEN WE PLAY WELL. AND, ALL SEASON HE’S BEEN TELLING US LIKE
YOU’RE EITHER THE WINDSHIELD OR THE BUG, AND TODAY WE DECIDED TO BE THE WINDSHIELD.
SO ELLIE TELL ME, HOW WERE YOU SEEING THE BALL SO WELL AT THE END OF THE GAME?
UH I WASN’T SEEING IT AS, I WASN’T SEEING IT AS WELL AS I WISH I HAD. IN THE BEGINNING,
THEIR SHOTS ARE VERY FAST AND I FEEL LIKE MAYBE EITHER THEY WERE GETTING TIRED OR I
WAS JUST GETTING A LITTLE BIT FASTER CAUSE I WAS ANGRY. UM I THINK THE TURNING POINT
WHEN I STARTED SEEING MORE WAS, ABOUT 11 MINUTES INTO THE SECOND HALF, OR IT WAS 11 MINUTES
IN THE SECOND HALF. AND, SOME CALLS SORTA JUST GOT ME ANGRY AND BUT YOU KNOW I TRIED
TO DO MY BEST FOR MY DEFENSE AND TRY TO GET THE BALL BACK FOR OUR TEAM.
WHAT’S YOUR PLANS AFTER, AFTER THE NATIONAL, THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP? DO YOU PLAN ON
CONTINUING LACROSSE? I WOULD, BUT SINCE I’M IN THE RESERVES I
GOT CALLED AND I LEAVE IN JULY FOR LIKE A YEAR SO HOPEFULLY WHEN I GET BACK I’LL BE
ABLE TO PLAY BUT I’M NOT SURE RIGHT NOW. ELLIE?
I’M FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO NOT BE CALLED INTO WAR. BUT I’LL BE GOING TO MOUNT IDA PLAYING
AS THEIR GOALIE UP IN MASSACHUSSETTS. NEXT UP FOR THE DRAGONS, A REMATCH AGAINST
REGION 3 RUNNER-UP ONONDAGA. HOWARD UPSET THE LAZERS IN MARCH TO SCORE THE PROGRAM’S
FIRST EVER WIN AGAINST ONONDAGA. SO MARYLEE, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE FROM OCC? ONONDAGA IS A POWERHOUSE. THEIR TRANSITIONS
ARE SEAMLESS AND THEIR SHOT PLACEMENT IS PRETTY SPOT ON. THEIR NAME IS FITTING AS THEY HAVE
LAZER SPEED THAT MOST DEFENSES JUST CAN’T KEEP UP WITH. THE WINNER MOVES ON TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
THE LOSER GOES HOME. LET’S GO TO THE HIGHLIGHTS. QUICK PASS BY VICTORIA THOMPSON. CHEYENNE
BURNAM WITH THE EASY FINISH. ONONDAGA TAKES THE LEAD. KRISTYN DRAKE DODGING…. DRAWS TWO DEFENDERS,
GOES TO BURNAM! AND SHE FIRES IT PAST GARVEY! HOWARD’S DEFENSE IS TOO SLOW. THEY HAVE
TO STAY ON THEIR STICKS. 3-0 ONONDAGA NOW, CASSIDY DELANEY WITH THE
WILD CHECK, SHE RECEIVES A YELLOW CARD, SHE WOULD RECEIVE A SECOND YELLOW CARD WITH JUST
OVER 6 MINUTES INTO THE GAME. AND THAT FORCES HOWARD, MARYLEE, TO PLAY WITHOUT THEIR ALL-AMERICAN
SCORER. ONONDAGA HAS EXCELLENT SHOT PLACEMENT. IT’S
VERY HARD TO DEFEND THOSE KIND OF SHOTS. SILVIA KIM, WITHOUT HER NUMBER ONE TARGET
DELANEY, SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS, KIM GETS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD AND PUTS HOWARD ON
THE BOARD. GARY, HOWARD IS PLAYING THEIR MARKS STRAIGHT
ON, THEY’RE PLANTING THEIR FEET AND THEY’RE GETTING BEAT EVERY TIME. BURNAM BURNS THE DRAGONS YET AGAIN. FOUR GOAL
LEAD FOR OCC SLOPPY PASSING BY HOWARD. YOU CAN’T LET
THAT HAPPEN. SAMANTHA ROBERTS JUMPS ON THE GROUND BALL
AND SPARKS TRANSITION FOR THE LAZERS…. ROBERTS FINDS A WIDE OPEN MADISON PRITCHARD IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE FIELD. PRITCHARD, AHEAD TO BURNAM. 6 GOAL GAME FOR THE SOPHOMORE OUT OF MONROE,
NORTH CAROLINA. 8-1 ONONDAGA AFTER A HOWARD FOUL HERE COME THE LAZERS.
AND ONONDAGA’S EXCELLING IN TRANSITION, MARYLEE. ONONDAGA IS QUITE A UNIT. THEIR OFFENSE IS
USING THEIR QUICK PASSING TO GET THOSE GOALS OFF EVERY TIME. 25 MINUTES REMAINING, A FREE POSITION FOR
REBEKA COUGHLIN, A POWERFUL OVERHAND RIP, AND THAT MAKES IT AN 8 GOAL GAME. BUT MARYLEE, WITHOUT IMPACT PLAYERS NICOLE
COTE AND CASSIDY DELANEY, THE DRAGONS COME UP SHORT. ONONDAGA WINS IT 17-6. AND THE LAZERS END
HOWARD’S SEASON. IT’S A PLEASURE TO WELCOME, THIS YEAR’S
REGION 20, DISTRICT B CHAMPION, AND DISTRICT B COACH OF THE YEAR, BRETT PONCHIONE. WELCOME, COACH. THANK YOU, DIANE. YOU KNOW I READ IN THE BALTIMORE SUN THAT
WE REALLY STRUGGLED EARLY IN THE SEASON. WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT, DO YOU THINK. YEAH, WE DID STRUGGLE EARLY WE WENT TO, OUR
FIRST SCRIMMAGE WAS AGAINST DELEWARE STATE, A FOUR YEAR D-1 SCHOOL. WE LEARNED RIGHT AWAY
THAT WE WEREN’T GOOD AT VERY MANY THINGS AND WE WERE WEAK AT A LOT OF THINGS AND I
THINK WE WENT TO DELEWARE WE HAD 12 PLAYERS WE HAD NO SUBS WE HAD A STARTING DEFENDER
THAT DIDN’T KNOW THE RULES AND AS THE GAME WENT ON I WAS KINDA SCRATCHING MY HEAD WONDERING,
AGAN, YOU KNOW, I’M NOT SURE HOW THIS IS GONNA WORK AND AT THAT POINT I LITERALLY SAID
TO MYSELF “I DON’T KNOW THAT WE’LL WIN A GAME THIS YEAR.” WE GOT ON THE BUS AND
WE WERE DRIVING BACK AND I LOOKED IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR AND THE GIRLS WERE HAVING SO MUCH FUN,
IT JUST, I DON’T KNOW, IT DAWNED ON ME THAT THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO THIS GROUP. I
MEAN AS BAD AS WE JUST PLAYED FOR THE TO MAKE, AND MOST OF THEM DIDN’T KNOW EACHOTHER,
HALF THE TEAM WAS NEW, I THINK WE HAD 5 RETURNING PLAYERS, 4 OR 5 RETURNING PLAYERS. BUT I SENSED
THAT THE CHEMISTRY WAS REALLY THERE. NOW TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT UM YOUR MINDSET NOW
GOING INTO YOUR SECOND YEAR. I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT I DO, I LOVE TO
COACH AND THIS YEAR HAS JUST FEULED THAT AND I CAN’T WAIT TO BEGIN PREPARING FOR NEXT
YEAR AND ACTUALLY I WAS TEXTING BACK AND FORTH WITH A COUPLE OF THE PLAYERS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON
AND THIS IS SUNDAY AFTER OUR LOSS ON SATURDAY, WE GOT BACK AT MIDNIGHT AND I KNOW EVERYBODY
WAS TIRED AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON THEY STARTED TEXTING BACK AND FORTH AND WE WERE JOKING
ABOUT UNDER ARMOUR GEAR AND WHO WE COULD GET TO SPONSOR US AND EVENTUALLY I SAID “OKAY,
I’M GONNA TURN MY TEXT MACHINE OFF BECAUSE IT’S TIME TO WORK OUT. TODAY IS THE FIRST
DAY OF NEXT SEASON.” AND IT KINDA WENT SILENT FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES AND THEN ONE OF THEM
TEXTED BACK AND SAID “I THINK HE’S SERIOUS.” AND I SAID “I AM” CAUSE I HADN’T WORKED
OUT MYSELF FOR THREE MONTHS SO MY BODY NEEDED TO RECOVER AND I SAID TODAY’S THE DAY YOU
START, YOU DON’T PUT IT OFF TIL NEXT MONDAY OR THE MONDAY AFTER CAUSE THE LONGER YOU WAIT
THE HARDER IT IS TO YOU KNOW GET BACK INTO THE ROUTINE SO THE LAST WEEK, AND I’LL CONTINUE
THIS WEEK, VISITING HIGH SCHOOL GAMES, THE DIFFERENT COUNTIES, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, HOWARD
COUNTY. I TRY TO MAKE A POINT OF MEETING THE HIGH SCHOOL COACHES INTRODUCING MYSELF. TYPICALLY
THEY’RE THRILLED TO KNOW THAT THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY OUT THERE FOR A LOT OF THEIR STUDENT
ATHLETES THAT WANT TO CONTINUE TO PLAY. COACH, OUTSTANDING SEASON FOR YOUR ROOKIE
SEASON. BEST WISHES THIS SUMMER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT YEAR.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANKS, COACH. IT’S TIME NOW FOR TRACK AND FIELD. HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE MEN’S TRACK AND
FIELD FINISHED FOURTH AT NATIONALS, COMPILING 74.5 POINTS. WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD FINISHED SIXTH AT
NATIONALS, SCORING 49.5 POINTS. CONGRATS TO TRACK AND FIELD ON AN OUTSTANDING SEASON. THANKS FOR WATCHING, AND REMEMBER, GO DRAGONS!

David Frank

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