Boys Wopo Smashes Burlingame
The Bears started out strong on Wednesday, executing a significant triumph in their first league game against Burlingame high school, finishing with a 12-goal lead.
Although the Bears failed to claim the first possession of the game, they quickly established their dominance with a steal from senior Harrison Holland-McCowan in the first seven seconds of the game. A lob from McCowan for a goal less than two minutes later provided the Bears with an immediate lead.
The Bears shut down the Burlingame retaliation with a quick steal from senior Zach Cogan, resulting in a one on nobody opportunity that Cogan finished, putting the Bears ahead by two in the first two minutes of the game.
The quarter continued with three goals from seniors Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Zach Deal, and Jason Mouchawar. These offensive opportunities, coupled with a strong quarter in the cage from junior Peter Berquist, created a solid lead for the Bears and the period concluded with a score of 5-0, in favor of the Bears.
M-A came out strong again in the beginning of the second quarter, scoring two more goals in the first two minutes, both from McCowan; the second was the result of a two meter drawn by Cogan. Deal, Cogan, and Fabbro each contributed a goal sequentially in the last three minutes of the quarter.
Defensively, the Bears were able to shut down two of Burlingame’s 6 on 5 advantage plays in the second quarter, and Berquist finished off the half with 13 saves. However, Burlingame successfully finished an upper-right corner lob, ending the 2nd quarter with a score of 10-1.
Senior Connor Arrington won the first possession of the third quarter for the Bears, followed by uneventful play by both teams until Deal scored the 11th goal for M-A off of McCowan’s assist, three minutes into the quarter. Burlingame quickly returned with a goal in their next possession, and the Bears responded with two more from sophomores John Knox and Jace Blazensky. Burlingame finished off the quarter with a final goal in the last 18 seconds, and the quarter ended 13-3, M-A.
In the final quarter, Burlingame and M-A took turns scoring, respectively, for the first 4 goals, and finally the Bears were able to finish off the game with two additional goals in the last 3 minutes. Junior Evan McClelland, Mouchawar, Cogan, and sophomore Matt Basucki contributed the Bears’ four goals for the quarter. The game concluded with a 12-goal deficit for Burlingame, a 17-5 victory for M-A.
Berquist, finishing off the game with a total of 18 blocks, commented, “I was impressed with our play. There are a few things we could have done differently, but overall I think we played well.”
The Bears definitely set themselves up well for strong league play this year.