Paybacks can be humbling. A year after a lopsided loss to Glenelg, River Hill defeated the Gladiators, 14-13, in overtime Friday afternoon at Western Regional Park. It was Glenelg’s first county loss of the season.
Julia Collins scored the game-winner with 12 seconds remaining in overtime.
Glenelg had the opportunity to tie the game on a free position shot with less than a second on the clock, but the shot was wide of the goal cage.
“We were so pumped for this game,” said River Hill’s Jenna Collins. “Last year we lost, 13-4, so we had something to prove — that we weren’t backing down as a program.”
The Hawks came out with tenacity and scored 20 seconds into the game when Jenna Collins got the first of her team-high four goals.
Glenelg’s offense was stagnant for much of the first half, frequently turning over the ball, as River Hill built an 8-3 lead. The Gladiators had a scoring flurry in the last 90 seconds of the half to trail River Hill, 9-6, at intermission.
“I think we went into the game a little bit over confident because we beat River Hill by a lot last year,” said Glenelg’s Stephanie Asher. “After they scored like six goals on us, it was a wake-up call that we needed to step it up.”
A more determined Glenelg team was on the field the second half. Behind the play of Asher (six goals), Hannah Doughty (three) and some remarkable goalkeeping by Megan Taylor (14 saves), Glenelg tied the score and twice had a one-goal lead in the second half.
But River Hill was determined. The Hawks’ Abigail Thielemann rolled the crease to knot the score 13-all with 3 minutes left to play.
While both sides had several scoring opportunities after that, no one connected and the game went into overtime.
River Hill coach Kelly Berger said her team was not surprised by Glenelg’s comeback.
“You’ve got to expect that with any team, but I think we were ready for it. We expected it,” she said.
In girls lacrosse, overtime consists of two 3-minute periods. The score remained tied through the first half of overtime.
Asher got draw possession at the start of the second overtime half, but when Glenelg turned the ball over, River Hill called a time out to set its strategy.
“Our coach said to take our time. We had the ball and we needed to take care of it and just wait until there was an opportunity to score,” said Julia Collins.
River Hill ran more than 2 minutes off the clock before the offense geared up and Collins scored.
“It feels good to win when the whole team comes together,” Berger said.
“We knew it would be a tough game today,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. “We’re really just starting to come in to our own and we’re looking forward to seeing them again in playoffs."
River Hill 14, Glenelg 13 (OT)
Goals: RH – Jenna Collins 4, Julia Collins 2, Kelly Maloney 2, Abigail Thielemann 2, Emily Hamburger 2, Kendall Stull, Kendall Thielemann. G – Stephanie Asher 6, Hannah Doughty 3, Danielle Baker 2, Erin Jollota, Kendall Lutts.