The C. Milton Wright girls lacrosse team opened its 2013 season Saturday, and who better to open it against than the team that ended the Mustangs 2012 season: the Century Knights.
CMW hosted Century in a pre-noon contest, won by the Mustangs, 11-7, avenging the stinging state semifinal defeat from a season ago.
"It was a very hard fought rematch of last year's state semifinal matchup," CMW Head Coach Brent Ritz said.
CMW ran out to a 4-0 lead, taking advantage of an early yellow card against Century, but as expected from a talented Century team, the Knights battled back to make a game of it at 6-4 early in the second half. CMW had a 5-2 lead at half.
"We talked at the half that we would see a run from them and it was our job to control how we responded to their run," Ritz said.
The Mustangs in fact answered quite nicely, scoring three straight after Century closed the lead to two.
"Katie Burgee executed very well defensively holding one of Carroll County's leading scorers to a single tally," Ritz said. "I think we played really well for two ten-minute spurts and bent but didn't break defensively."
Burgee also led the Mustangs scoring with three goals, while Haley Alexander, Maggie Gallagher and Lauren Haggerty scored two goals each. Abby Smucker and Brooke Williams also scored for CMW.
Kaitlan Moynihan had two assists, while single assists were credited to Williams, Alexander and Burgee. CMW goalie Heather McKee made five saves.
"A great win to start the season, but championships are not won on the first game of the season," Ritz said.
Hawks beat Perry Hall
North Harford also picked up a win Saturday, beating visiting Perry Hall, 17-4.
Nicole Latgis and Sophie Crowther led North Harford with three goals apiece, while Leah Monticello added two goals and two assists.
Julia Schrof scored twice and assisted on another and Emily Clark and Maddy Dolinar also scored two goals apiece.
Single goals were scored by Katie Clark, Jenn Doering and Morgan Knox. Knox also dished out five assists.
Huskies slip to 0-2
Playing at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field on Saturday, Patterson Mill fell to River Hill, 17-12. The Huskies trailed 10-4 at the half.
Gabby Vujanic led the Patterson Mill scoring efforts with four goals and Sam Herman finished with three goals. Mariel Castronova added two goals, while single goals were netted by Sarah Alders, Allie Poust and Brittie Andrews. Alders also had the Huskies lone assist.
Patterson Mill goalie Erin Dent recorded five saves.
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