Baltimore Command boys edge D.C.; Baltimore Command girls fall to CONNY in Under Armour Underclassmen Lacrosse Games

by Nelson Coffin

Despite a game-high five goals by Boys’ Latin rising sophomore attackman Dom Pietramala, the Baltimore Command — for rising freshmen and sophomores — boys struggled to subdue the stubborn D.C. Command, 10-9, in the opening pool-play game for the locals at the Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Games at Meadowood Park, under a blazing sun Thursday afternoon.

The Baltimore Command girls were not as fortunate. They bowed to CONNY, 18-9, in the debut for coach Mac Ford’s squad in pool play.

Truitt Sunderland (left) digs for a ground-ball moments before being injured in Baltimore Command boys’ 10-9 triumph over Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon at Meadowood Park.

The boys built an 8-4 lead before managing to hold off a late rally by the Washingtonians, who went on a 5-1 tear to knot the score at 9-9 late in the contest. Archbishop Spalding standout Michael Weisshaar netted the game winner on a feed from rising Calvert Hall sophomore Truitt Sunderland, who had to leave the game with an injury to his leg with just a couple of minutes remaining in the battle of the beltways.

Baltimore boys coach Ron Klausner said the midfielder Tate Jones, a North Carolinian living in Baltimore this summer, will move into Sunderland’s spot playing behind the goal for tomorrow’s 11:00 a.m. meeting with New England if the talented playmaker is unable to play.

The locals will miss Sunderland, who finished with a goal and game-best three assists against D.C.

Rising sophomore defenseman from McDonogh, Malachi Jones, said that he didn’t anticipate such a spirited comeback from D.C.

“We were pretty confident,” Jones said. “Being the Baltimore team, we’re supposed to be good, so maybe we underestimated them a little bit. But we won’t let that happen again.”

Klausner said that the both D.C. goalies played well, especially Kent Goode with six saves in the second half.

In addition to Pietramala and Sunderland, Weisshaar had a goal before adding the game-winner and Jones’ fellow North Carolina product Trent Orr had one as well.

The other Baltimore tally came from rising Calvert Hall sophomore Jordan Wray.

Tommy Lubin (Calvert Hall) and Brian Ruppel (Catonsville) combined to make eight saves.

“This was the first time the guys played together,” Klausner said. “So we’re still learning to play together as a team.”

The Baltimore girls bolted out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Glenelg attacker Emma Kennedy before CONNY went on a 10-1 run to take control of the game by halftime.

Kennedy finished with three goals and Reese Dowgiallo, from Spalding also had a pair of scores.

Single-goal scorers for Baltimore were Finley Barger (Notre Dame Prep), Maisy Clevenger, Hannah Johnson (Bryn Mawr) and Madison Beale (St. Paul’s School for Girls).

Caroline Godine (McDonogh) paced the Baltimoreans with three feeds while Jaclyn Marszal had one helper.

Julia Suriano (Bryn Mawr) and Jocelyn Torres (Glenelg) totaled a combined seven saves in the setback.

Rising freshman attacker Chloe Humphrey (Darien) was the key for CONNY’s offense, forcing Baltimore defenders into early slides to counteract her quick dodges and pinpoint passing. She had three goals during the early onslaught and added a couple of assists.

“Yes, Humphrey is the real deal, a step head of everyone else on the field,” Ford said. “I enjoyed watching her.”

He added that the Baltimore team will play better.

“You never know what you’ll get with a team of great individual players playing together for the third time and first game,” he said. “Got out coached.”

Pictured above: The Baltimore Command boys huddle during an injury timeout for sophomore attackman Truitt Sunderland, who had to leave the game after assisting on Michael Weisshaar’s game-winning goal against D.C. at the Under Armour Underclassmen Lacrosse Games at Meadowood Park.