Boys Wopo Slaughters Carlmont
The Bears had a strong showing in their 3rd league game against Carlmont on Wednesday night, dominating the Scots 14-3. Although the game was not nearly as close as their previous game against Menlo, the Bears still approached it full-throttle, as every league game is just as important as the next.
“Now that we have beaten Menlo, to win league we have to beat the rest of the teams in our league and Carlmont is one of them,” reported coach Dante, and the team seemed to successfully embrace this same mindset.
The Bears established their control of the game early on, with both a shutout on the defensive end, and 6 goals on the board in offensive play in the first quarter. Seniors Harrsion Holland-McCowan and Connor Arrington each contributed two goals, and junior Evan McClelland and sophomore John Knox chipped in one apiece. The first period concluded 6-0, M-A.
M-A refused to slow down in the second quarter both offensively and defensively. Knox (twice), McCowan, and sophomore Matt Basucki added 5 more points to the Bears’ score. Junior Peter Berquist’s relentless strength in the cage amounted to yet another shutout, ending the period 11-0, Bears.
In the second half, the Bears shifted their focus to the improvement of certain aspects of their game, as they had already established a large lead.
“I pick a certain part of the game to work on,” said Dante, “and in this case, I said ‘you can’t score on a fast break or out of the center position, and you can only score off of a drive.’ So for the second half we only tried to score off of a drive.”
This shift in concentration slowed down the Bears’ offense, and they only scored 3 goals, 2 from McClelland and 1 from senior Zach Deal, in the 3rd quarter, and none in the fourth, greatly differing from the 11 of the first half.
Deal explains, “in the second half we stopped countering,” and in turn, “we weren’t as successful.”
The strong defense continued throughout the game; the Bears only allowed 3 goals against, two of which were the result of 5-meter penalty shots. And in turn, Carlmont ended the game with an 11-goal deficit.
The Bears ended with confidence after taking one step closer to winning league.
McCowan reflected, “It’s great to just go out there and assert our dominance in league,” as they successfully executed throughout the game.
Senior Zach Cogan added, “we always go hard, we always go big,” and senior Morgan Olson-Fabbro summed up the game with one thought: “rage.”
Dante shared similar sentiment to the boys, agreeing that they “pretty much dominated the game.”
The Bears are now only 2 games away from becoming league champions, and the team left the pool ready to take on any challenge thrown at them.