What’s that old saying? Oh yeah, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”
I’m not exactly sure who coined that phrase, but they certainly never lived in Maryland, because in the “Land of Pleasant Living,” March comes in like a lion and never leaves until May!
So here it is, early April and the temp on the fields at game time…. 40 degrees!!
So, needless to say I wasn’t surprised to see few spectators (and even fewer players) at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium Saturday night, where 3 DII Chesapeake Division teams were looking to square off.
In the opening game, Stevenson faced off against Georgetown, who traveled up to Owing Mills with only 12 players. Hoyas captain Pat Foley explained why his team had such light numbers. “There were a significant number of students who had academic conflicts, whether midterms this week or other commitments that required them to put school first. This is something we, as a team, will continue to fine tune, especially as the program continues to pick up speed at a school with the academic commitments, and challenge such as Georgetown.”
The Hoyas came out strong, showing no effects from the bitter temperatures or the long haul from DC. The Hoyas jumped out early and took game 1 from Mustangs, 8-3.
Hoyas Freshman Attackman Alex Werner had a huge day, netting multiple goals from dodges off the right side of the cage. Georgetown’s Senior FOGO Joe Kim had his usual strong game at the face-off x, and with the low numbers had more runs at midfield than he is used to.
Stevenson fielded only 12 players as well, making first year Mustang Head Coach Nick VanRensselaer’s job all that more difficult. Despite the low turn out this year, VanRensselaer has embraced the challenge and looks to his Seniors to lead the way. Newcomer Mike Edwards, Senior Garret Brenk and defensemen Chris Fenzel all found the back of the net for the Mustangs, with Fenzel’s long range bomb sparking a boisterous Mustang celly.
Senior Captain Avon Greene was a demon between the restraining lines and had several nice take-away checks. Despite giving up 8 goals, Mustang net-minder Joe Pelzcar had a sensational game, keeping the Hoyas from netting another 5 goals on the day.
Washington College team president Nick Totis was pleased with his team’s effort on the day despite the losses. “I thought my team did a great job during the Stevenson game. We had just finished up a game against Georgetown directly before that game. For being low on numbers and already worn out, I thought my team did a fantastic job and I’m proud of all of them. I couldn’t ask for a better squad.”
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