Earlier this week the Old Mill girls lacrosse team lost to Severna Park, 19-0. So how will Dave Gehrdes, the veteran head coach for Annapolis High, get his team motivated to face Old Mill on the road Friday at 5 p.m. in the regular-season finale?
"Have fun," said Gehrdes, when asked what message he will give the Panthers. While Annapolis is 8-4 overall, Old Mill fell to 3-8 with the loss to Severna Park. "That is a game where everyone will get a chance to play," Gehrdes told Patch of facing Old Mill of Millersville.
Annapolis is coming off a loss to South River on Tuesday, one day after a 10-7 victory against Southern. The Panthers have gotten strong play in recent games from Lorianne Hoover, who had four goals against South River, three goals against Southern and two goals and six assists April 29 against Northeast.
"I think Monday took a little bit out of us," Gehrdes said. "South River is much improved and we had to work hard on Monday. We played well in the second half on Tuesday."
The regional playoffs will begin in girls and boys lacrosse on May 12. The second round is May 14, the semifinals are May 16 and the region title game is May 18.
The Annapolis High boys lacrosse team fell to 5-8 overall with a loss on Tuesday to South River. The Panthers play Friday at Old Mill and then Saturday at Annapolis Area Christian in a non-league game.
The baseball team at Annapolis is slated to play Friday at South River at 4 p.m. and then host Southern on Monday at 4 p.m. The Panthers struggled on April 29 in a doubleheader on a chilly day at Arundel High in Gambrills.
Playing against one of the traditionally top programs in the county, Annapolis lost both games, 17-1 and 11-1. The Panthers, with just a few of their fans on hand, struggled on defense in the first game with several errors that allowed Arundel to extend its offensive attack.
Annapolis softball is slated to host Southern on Monday at 4 p.m.
St. Mary's baseball will host Boys' Latin
The Saints lost, 5-3, on Monday to St. Vincent Pallotti High in baseball in the MIAA B league game. The starting pitcher for St. Mary's was Danny Usewick, who was also a basketball standout in the winter for the Saints and has bounced back from a hoop injury.
Pat Courtemanche, the Pallotti head coach, noted that Usewick plans to play baseball in college. But on this day the Panthers had 13 hits against St. Mary's, and five players had two hits. "We were jumping on his fast ball. Even the guys that made outs hit the ball hard," Courtemanche said. "I feel we can hit with anybody."
St. Mary's will host Boys' Latin on Friday at 7 p.m. and then end regular-season play at home Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. against North County. The Saints play home games at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.
The boys lacrosse team hosts the Severn School on Friday at 7 p.m. and then plays Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Calvert Hall. The Saints were ranked No. 2 in the region on Thursday by The Washington Post.
The girls lacrosse team plays in the IAAM, where the playoffs are slated to begin Friday as St. Mary's hosts the Severn School at home 4 p.m. St. Mary's was ranked No. 9 in The Washington Post this week.
The St. Mary's golf team is slated to host Friends on Wednesday, May 11. The Saints beat Chapelgate, 12-9, on Wednesday at Turf Valley in Howard County. "We had three players win and we won team best ball," head coach Bob Fretwell told Patch on Thursday.
Fretwell said the MIAA playoffs begin May 16 and his team should have a bye. The Saints most likely will begin playoff action May 18, Fretwell said.
The Key School athletics
The Key School boys lacrosse team is slated to play Friday at Indian Creek at 4 p.m. and then play Tuesday at Baltimore Lutheran at 3:30 p.m.
The girls lacrosse team is slated to host Catholic on Friday at 4 p.m.