UPPER MARLBORO – Accustomed to playing on artificial turf, the Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. boys’ lacrosse squad was not afraid to get their sticks dirty on Frederick Douglass’ natural field. The Frederick Douglass Eagles hosted the Wise Pumas for an April 21 matchup, which the Pumas won 7-2. What appeared to be an evenly […]
UPPER MARLBORO – Accustomed to playing on artificial turf, the Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. boys’ lacrosse squad was not afraid to get their sticks dirty on Frederick Douglass’ natural field.
The Frederick Douglass Eagles hosted the Wise Pumas for an April 21 matchup, which the Pumas won 7-2.
What appeared to be an evenly matched game in the early minutes of play quickly shifted as the first half wound down.
“They actually communicated,” Wise Head Coach Jeanine Cummings said. “It was a little different because we’re normally used to turf, so they had to get used to playing in the dirt and the ball was a little more bouncy. I’ve been working with them on their communication skills and their teamwork skills, so they can talk.”
Communication and teamwork were indeed a part of the Pumas’ game plan. An assist from senior Bryan Marshall, Jr. led to the game’s first goal by junior Malachi Maxwell. Later, Marcus Marshall assisted Marshall Jr. on a goal, making the score 2-0.
It wasn’t until the final two minutes of the first quarter when the Eagles’ Lynch Jean found an opening through the middle for a score.
Coming out of halftime with a 4-2 lead, the Pumas looked to pile on more points, but a defensive battle from both sides slowed down the offensive momentum. A scoreless half only worked in favor of the Pumas, as they maintained the lead established during the first quarter.
“I told them that you control the tempo by the way that you play. The clock is your friend,” Cummings said.
The Eagles failed on multiple attempts to score in the third quarter and it took away any chance of a comeback. Douglass Head Coach Nicholas Reyes said “it came down to mistakes.”
“There wasn’t really a failure to execute. It was mostly mistakes, and mistakes happen so we just have to learn to adapt to that,” Reyes said.
A total of five players scored the seven goals for the Pumas. They were Maxwell, Marshall Jr, Marshall, Rylan Hales and Cameron Gould. Four of the seven goals came in the first half, ultimately giving the Pumas the confidence they needed to pull out the win, along with two more fourth quarter goals. On the other side, the Eagles were held scoreless after a second quarter goal by Kionte Blake.
Moving deeper into the season, each player on the Pumas roster has the opportunity to become a captain, as Cummings has a unique approach when it comes choosing them. However, their unity on the field gives reason to believe that they all are leaders.
“I switch them up every game. I don’t link it to seniors, and I don’t link it to underclassmen,” Cummings said. “I switch it up to who I feel deserves it.”