Five Howard teams advance in girls lacrosse playoffs

The girls lacrosse season is quickly winding down, but Marriotts Ridge, Mt. Hebron, River Hill and Glenelg (all Class 3A/2A) and Howard (Class 4A/3A) kept their seasons alive in Friday’s quarterfinal games.

Oakland Mills lost in a Class 2A/1A quarterfinal.

Regional semifinal games will be played Monday. Glenelg will play at Marriotts Ridge (time TBA); River Hill will play at Mt. Hebron at 5 p.m., and Howard will host Westminster at 7 p.m.

Class 3A/2A South

Mt. Hebron has some unfinished business to attend to from last year. A year ago, the Vikings’ season ended in the state semifinals. The team is determined to go farther this year and it took its first playoff step by defeating Atholton, 15-2, on Friday.

From the get-go, Mt. Hebron controlled the draw, the midfield and the game. With a 10-0 halftime lead, the Vikings had a running clock and could make liberal substitutions.

Atholton’s two goals — both from Ellie Matthews — came against Mt. Hebron’s non-starters in the final five minutes of play.

“We just couldn’t get it together,” said Atholton coach Crystal Shelley, who had expected a much closer game.  “I don’t think that we played scared,” she added.

Mt. Hebron won the regular season meeting, 19-9.

Draw control was a factor, said Atholton’s Rachel Day. “Getting the draw dictates the game.”

With Sam Brookhart taking the draw, the ball often ended up in Mt. Hebron sticks.

When Atholton (10-6) did get shots, Mt. Hebron goalie Maddy Fisher was there to make the stop. She had 15 saves in the game. Some were on point-blank shots.

Brookhart led Mt. Hebron’s scoring with four goals and two assists. Viking freshmen Laura Benson and Cammy Case each recorded their first varsity goals.

Mt. Hebron 15, Atholton 2

Goals: MH – Sam Brookhart 4, Jen Giles 2, Chachi Kelehan 2, Haley Sutton 2, Laura Benson, Cammy Case, Meghan Doherty, Jamie Schwartz, Jordan Stevens. A – Ellie Matthews 2.

Assists: MH – Jamie Schwartz 3, Sam Brookhart 2, Jen Giles 2, Jordan Stevens. A – Jenna Brewer 2.

Saves: MH – Maddy Fisher 15, Caitlin Moynihan 2. A – Alex Charity 9.

Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 10-0.

Around the league

Marriotts Ridge 21, Wilde Lake 5


Led by Zoe Stukenberg, Marriotts Ridge’s seniors accounted 11 goals in a 21-5 win over Wilde Lake. Stukenberg had four tallies in the game. Seventeen of Marriotts Ridge’s goals were assisted.

Although it lost, Wilde Lake continued its quest to earn respect as a lacrosse team. The Wildecats finished the season 7-9.

Goals: MR -  Zoe Stukenberg 4, Samantha Terrill 3, Maggie Brooks 2, Taylor Hensh 2, Jenna Kerr 2, Lexi Souder 2, Megan Tuma 2, Caroline Corbliss, Maddie Courtney, Marissa Davey, Carly Miller. WL – Grayson Corbett 2, Kate Glaros 2, Rachel Lazris.

Assists: MR – Lexi Souder 3, Maggie Brooks, 2, Maddie Courtney 2, Taylor Hensh 2, Jenna Kerr 2, Carolne Corbliss, Marissa Davey, Olivia Geiger, Carly Miller, Emma Stukenberg, Zoe Stukenberg. WL – none.

Saves: MR – Rachel Ortell 1. WL -  Eolandae Brown 5, Lauren Hutchison 1.

Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 15-2.

River Hill 17, Centennial 12


Centennial, a 10-goal loser to River Hill in the regular season, was intent on showing its improvement. The Eagles scored the first two goals of the regional quarterfinal, forcing River Hill to take a time out.

“We wanted to show that we can be competitive,” said Centennial coach Rachel Lenzo.

Ultimately, River Hill’s experience won out, 17-12, but that didn’t diminish Lenzo’s enthusiasm. “We played so well. I’m thrilled,” she said. “We gave them a game.”

While Julia Collins led River Hill with six goals, Alicia Hsieh (five goals) came close to matching that output for Centennial.

“Alicia was exceptional,” Lenzo said. “And so was Maddie Albornoz, who made 11 saves.”

Centennial finishes the year with a 5-8 record but Lenzo is buoyed by the fact that 17 players from this year’s team will be back next spring.

Goals: RH – Julia Collins 6, Kendall Thielemann 3, Jenna Collins 2, Kelly Maloney 2, Emily Hamburger, Abigail Thielemann, Hannah Wolf. C – Alicia Hsieh 5, Martha Hutzell 2, Dani Wilson 2, Kay Kelly 2, Sammie Albornoz.

Assists:  RH – Jenna Collins 3, Abigail Thielemann. C – Martha Hutzell.

Saves: RH – Stephanie Paxon 5. C – Maddie Albornoz 11.

Halftime: River Hill, 8-5.

Glenelg 15, Long Reach 3

Goals: G- Tagne Vandewall 4, Kendall Lutts 3, Maribeth Blonchek 3, Hannah Doughty 2, Grace Perry, Haley Pettit, Stephanie Asher. LR – Imani Sanders 2, Lillie Miller.

Assists: G – Danielle Baker 2, Kendall Lutts, Haley Pettit, Maribeth Blonchek. LR – none.

Saves: G – Megan Taylor 3. Katelin Johnson 2. LR – Jessica Bates 3.

Halftime: Glenelg, 11-0.

First-round game

Atholton 19, Hammond 4

Goals: A – Rachel Day 5, Kaelin Shaw 4, Ellie Matthews 3, Emma Johnson 2, Jenna Brewer 2, Olivia Healy 2, Chloe Berman. Ha – none provided.

Assists: A – Kaelin Shaw 3, Ellie Matthews 2, Megan Hart, Kelly McQuilkin. Ha – none provided.

Saves: A – Alex Charity 6. Ha – none provided.

Class 4A/3A North

Howard 19, Urbana 7

Howard, the top seed in 4A/3A North, defeated Urbana, 19-7, as Abbey Groft had six goals.

Goals: Ho – Abbey Groft 6, Kristen Woolschlager 3, Catherine Sims 2, Maddie Regal 2, Kelly Aquino, Kelsey Savje, Charlotte Wilkinson, Kati Maggio, Molly Hart, Taylor Motley. U – McCashell 2, Kaster 2, Alexander, Matthew, Ulisney.

Assists: Ho – Kristen Woolschlager 2, Catherine Sims, Charlotte Wilkinson. U – Matthew, Ulisney.

Class 2A/1A  East (west section)

Shakara Worrell had 10 saves, Marlee Slaughter scored three goals and Rachel Hunter added one, but Oakland Mills lost to Calvert, 18-4. The Scorpions finished the season 0-12/

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