Driving rain and wet field conditions caused Friday’s Marriotts Ridge-Mt. Hebron showdown to be postponed to Saturday at 10 a.m.
Since both teams are undefeated in Howard County play, the outcome will go a long way in determining the county champion.
Any hope Glenelg had of getting a share of the title took a blow when Atholton beat the Gladiators, 10-8. It was Atholton’s first girls lacrosse victory over Glenelg.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever beaten Glenelg in field hockey or lacrosse,” said Atholton coach Crystal Shelley.
Each team has lost twice against county competition.
Atholton forged a 4-0 lead in the contest, which was played at Western Regional Park in varying degrees of rain.
“It was miserable from the get-go,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. “I was so wet it wasn’t even funny.”
“We were able to win a lot of draw controls. That was the key in winning,” Shelley said.
Meaghan Quinn took all of Atholton’s draws and teammate Emma Johnson came up with a lot of them.
Atholton held a 9-3 advantage on the draws.
“We couldn’t get the draw and we just didn’t play smart at the very, very beginning,” Kincaid said.
In addition to getting the ball, Atholton was able to keep possession of the it.
“Glenelg has this doubling defense we haven’t see before and it was intimidating to an extent, but we were able to keep possession,” Shelley said.
The Atholton coach told her team that if it kept possession, it would eventually find a scoring opportunity and that is what happened.
Rachel Foster scored seven goals to lead the Raiders’ offensively. Most were assisted goals.
“She took nine shots and scored seven. None was an iso play,” Kincaid said.
Atholton led, 7-5, at the half but Glenelg managed to tie the game 7-all on the strength of an offense led by Stephanie Asher (four goals) and Julia Salandra (two).
Although the action went back and forth, the game remained tied for a long stretch in the second half.
The goals that turned the tide in Atholton’s favor came with Glenelg two players down.
“We just plain got beat today,” Kincaid said.
Atholton 10, Glenelg 8
Goals: A — Rachel Foster 7, Meaghan Quinn 2, Kelley Flynn. G — Stephanie Asher 4, Julia Salandra 2, Sami Smit, Lindsay LeTellier.
Assists: A — Meaghan Quinn 2, Kelley Flynn, KK Shepherd, Emily Howell, Ashley Martin, Janie Freedman. G — Hannah Doughty, Sami Smit.
Saves: A — Yasi Brewer 9. G — Megan Taylor 7.
Halftime: Atholton, 7-5.