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.
Cougars win big Friday
Coming off an opening day loss Thursday, Fallston's girls lacrosse team rebounded Friday in a big way, beating visiting North East handily, 20-2. The Cougars led at the half, 17-1.
Kayla Reilly led the Cougars with four goals, while Rachel Barile and Kathryn Milwicz each scored three goals. Lindsay Summers, Caroline English and Katie Donhauser added two goals each, while Cougars scoring single goals were Emily Scranton, Megan Shock, Becky Streett and Jesi Wagner.
Summers, English and Wagner also had two assists apiece, while Scranton, Streett and Milwicz each had one.
Fallston goalie Erika Wright was credited with no saves.
Fallston's Thursday loss came at Hereford, 9-5. No stats were available.
Edgewood wins first
Like Fallston, Edgewood rebounded from a Thursday loss and picked up a win Friday. Edgewood led visiting Hammond, 11-6, at halftime and went on to win, 17-12.
Caitlin Rankin had the hot scoring hand, lacing the nets with five goals, while also adding three assists. Megan Poniatowski and Ladae Boykin each scored four goals and Kara Andrews scored twice. Alyssa Rankin and Morgan Williams had a goal each. Boykin added two assists and Poniatowski had one.
Rams goalie Savannah Kerr made eight saves.
Thursday's opening day results
The girls lacrosse season got off to a good start for a pair of Harford County teams Thursday, as Joppatowne and Bel Air both picked up victories.
Joppatowne went on the road to beat Poly, 17-5, while Bel Air hosted and beat Loch Raven, 8-6.
Meanwhile, Patterson Mill, Edgewood and Harford Tech each dropped openers, and John Carroll suffered its first loss after opening with a win Tuesday.
In Joppatowne's win the Mariners led the Engineers, 7-4 at the half before blowing the game open in the second half with a 10-1 run.
Christina Miller lit up the nets with six goals to lead the Mariners, Katelyn Fabi and Lindsay Rizzi (one assist) each scored three goals. T'keyah Bell added a pair of goals, while single goals were tallied by Patricia Hanson, Carlie Reuling and Emily Murphy.
Mariners goalie Felicia Okoye earned the win, making seven saves.
In Bel Air's win the Bobcats got three goals from Shannon Williams. Cassidy Jones added two goals and four assists, while single goals were scored by Katie Clelland, Sam Keesey and Morgan Hollenback.
Bobcats goalie Taylor Gillis finished with six saves.
Huskies edged by Dulaney
Patterson Mill's loss came at the sticks of visiting Dulaney, 11-9. The Huskies trailed at the half, 5-3.
Sophomore Sam Herman got off to a fast start, scoring six goals to lead the Huskies. Gabby Vujanic added two goals and Amy Bednarek scored once.
Patterson Mill goalie Erin Dent finished with eight saves.
Reservoir edges Rams
Edgewood opened on the road at Reservoir Thursday and fell, 12-11, after trailing 5-3 at the half.
Alyssa Rankin pumped in four goals and Kara Andrews netted the hat trick to lead the Edgewood scoring.
Andrews also dished out four assists, while Megan Poniatowski and Caitlin Rankin each had one.
Edgewood goalie Savannah Kerr made nine saves.
Hawks beat Cobras
Also Thursday, North Harford beat host Harford Tech, 18-4. Becca Williams scored two times for Tech, while Gabby Spalt and Tori Arcilesi scored a goal each.
Stats were not made available for North Harford.
John Carroll's first loss came Thursday at Mount de Sales, 12-10.
Kara Klages led the Patriots scoring with four goals, while Grace Richards also had multiple goals with two.
Mackenzie Reese and Caroline Haggerty each had assists and goalie Katy Sharretts made eight saves.