Meg Taylor has not forgotten last year’s River Hill game.
“I think they scored nine goals on me in the first half,” said the Glenelg goalkeeper. River Hill ended up winning that game by a single goal in overtime.
Taylor had an entirely different outing against the Hawks Friday night. With 11 saves in the first half and 17 overall, she helped spark the Gladiators to a 7-2 victory.
“I think that we came into this game knowing that we had the potential to beat (River Hill) and that we’ve really improved from last year,” said Glenelg’s Stephanie Asher.
The Gladiators had an ambitious game plan and behind their excellent defense, they executed it well.
“We wanted to give Megan the weakest shots possible because of our defensive pressure. We wanted to shut down the Collins sisters and we wanted to control the ball in the second half and that’s exactly what we did,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.
River Hill got on the scoreboard first when Julia Collins turned an 8-meter free position into a goal. Asher matched that tally, also on an 8-meter shot and then put Glenelg ahead, 2-1, when she literally went coast-to-coast to score.
“We wanted to come out the same way as last year, with the same power and aggression, but it just kind of slipped away from us,” said River Hill’s Emily Marlatt.
Glenelg’s speed and defensive pressure worked against River Hill, and Taylor was turning aside nearly everything the Hawks sent her way.
“The defense set Megan up for a good game because they were playing good team defense,” Kincaid said, who has said since the beginning of the season that her team is built from the defense forward.
“Megan’s going to get the things that she should and she’s going to get a few game-changing ones because she’s so strong in there. That allows us to put so much pressure on the attackers and we can take risks that you wouldn’t do without a veteran keeper in there.”
Asher agreed. “Megan’s a dream to have in goal. If it’s 1v1, she’s going to save it. She’s such a great resource.”
Asher’s two goals matched River Hill’s team output in what was a relatively low-scoring girls lacrosse game. Sami Smit also scored twice for Glenelg.
“Glenelg’s a great team,” said River Hill coach Kelly Rabil. “They are fast but we beat ourselves in so many different departments, like not taking opportunities to their fullest extent.”
Glenelg 7, River Hill 2
Goals: G — Stephanie Asher 2, Sami Smit 2, Lindsay LeTellier, Hannah Doughty, Alayna Pagnotta. RH — Julia Collins, Jenna Collins.
Assists: G — Caroline Esmond. RH — none.
Saves: G — Megan Taylor 17. RH — Annie Maloney 8.
Halftime: Glenelg, 3-2.
Chapelgate 17, Baltimore Lutheran 5
Chapelgate easily defeated Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference foe Baltimore Lutheran on Chapelgate’s Orange Out game.
The contest was dedicated to Tyler McGinn, a Chapelgate schoolmate, who died two years ago from leukemia.
In terms of scoring and possession, the first 15 minutes of the game went back and forth. Then Chapelgate began connecting and winning draw control and ground balls and the Yellowjackets pulled away to win.
Samantha Ricketts and Abby Heffler each scored three goals for Chapelgate. Katherine Cameron and Emma Rufolo each had three assist.
Goals: CCA — Samantha Ricketts 3, Abby Heffler 3, Jenna Winand 2, Julia delCarmen 2, Emma Rufolo 2, Christina VanWingerden 2, Stephanie Dumas, Katherine Cameron, Lexi Taylor. BL — L. Chamberlain 3, C. Smith, K. Woolsey.
Assists: CCA — Katherine Cameron 3, Emma Rufolo 3, Christina VanWingerden.
Saves: CCA — Courtney Hayes 8. BL — Lily Dickinson 6.
Halftime: Chapelgate, 8-4.
Glenelg Country 16, St. John’s Catholic Prep 15 (OT)
Three days after beating St. John’s Catholic Prep, 13-8, Glenelg Country School needed overtime to claim victory. It was the Dragons’ fifth win in a row.
Julia Sheehan and Alyssa Arnold powered the win with four goals each.
Maggie Nelson (six) and Beth Ann Pierce (five) led St. John’s scoring.
Goals: GCS — Julia Sheehan 4, Alyssa Arnold 4, Mallory Pappas 3, Lizzie Rice 2, Megan Hooper 2, Marissa Burks. SJ — Maggie Nelson 6, Beth Ann Pierce 5, Bailey Sleubon 4.
Assists: GCS — Alyssa Arnold 3, Julia Sheehan 2, Julia O’Loughlin, Megan Hooper, Mallory Pappas. SJ — Maggie Nelson.
Saves: GCS — Kelly Layton 4. SJ — Kylie Stilz 9.
Halftime: St. John’s, 7-6.
Mt. Hebron 21, Hammond 0
Goals: MH — Jordan Stevens 5, Chachi Kelehan 4, Jennifer Giles 4, Laura Benson 2, Lexi Arens 2, Cammy Case 2, Ally Unkenholz, Amanda Steinmuller. Ha — none.
Assists: MH — Jennifer Giles, Laura Benson, Ally Ukenholz, Amanda Steinmuller, Chachi Kelehan, Lauren Schaaf, Jordan Stevens.
Saves: MH — Jen Schaaf 3. Ha — Ewurafua Asiedu 9.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 16-0.
Marriotts Ridge 22, Reservoir 4
Goals: MR — Taylor Hensh 5, Marissa Davey 5, Carly Miller 3, Annalise Lower 3, Lexi Souder 2, Jenna Kerr, Alexis Zadjura, Caroline Corbliss, Joan Condron. Re — Leah Monroe, Anna Janush, Michelle Armstrong, Haley Tiller.
Assists: MR — Taylor Hensh 6, Marissa Davey 3, Lexi Souder 2, Alexis Zadjura, Caroline Corbliss, Katie Wardle. Re — Leah Monroe.
Saves: MR — Rachel Ortell 2, Caroline Moore. Re — Brianna Weinman 4.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 13-2.
Howard 25, Long Reach 7
Standings (as of April 5)
Marriotts Ridge, 5-0 county, 7-0 overall
Mt. Hebron, 4-0, 5-0
Glenelg, 5-1, 6-1
Centennial, 4-2, 4-1
Atholton, 3-2, 3-2
River Hill, 3-2, 3-2
Howard, 2-2, 2-3
Wilde Lake, 1-2, 1-3
Reservoir, 1-3, 2-3
Oakland Mills, 0-4, 1-4
Hammond, 0-5, 0-5
Long Reach, 0-6, 0-6
Glenelg Country, 5- 2 (IAAM B), 5-2
Chapelgate, 4-2 (IAAM C), 6-2