How many r’s are in brrr? That’s the word that summed up Thursday’s season opening girls lacrosse games.
“It is freezing,” said Marriotts Ridge’s Taylor Hensh after her team defeated Atholton, 19-2, on a blustery afternoon that easily resembled late-fall football weather.
The game began with a moment of silence in respect of the Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse, which lost its coach, Kristina Quigley, in a bus accident that occurred en route to a game March 16. The bus driver was also killed; 22 Seton Hill players and team personnel received medical attention.
Atholton, Marriotts Ridge and the other teams in the county wore crimson and gold ribbons in honor of Seton Hill and Quigley, who was a native of Baltimore County.
“The lacrosse community is tight-knit and this was a chance for us to show our respect,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Natalie Gaieski.
Mariotts Ridge, the defending county champion, quickly took the wind out of Atholton’s game plan.
Raider goalkeeper Alex Charity stopped an eight-meter shot early in the game, but the Mustangs scored on their next five shots. The first three tallies came off feeds from Zoe Stukenberg.
Marriotts Ridge built a 6-0 lead before Emily Howell found the net for the Raiders.
The Mustangs then put in 10 unanswered goals. Ellie Matthews scored to stop the run, but the game’s outcome was already decided.
“I think my girls played a little afraid, and the cold didn’t help,” said Atholton coach Crystal Shelley.
Hensh led the Mustangs’ scoring with six goals. Stukenberg had four goals and a like number of assists. Jenna Kerr also had four assists for the winners.
Marriotts Ridge 19, Atholton 2
Goals: MR – Taylor Hensh 6, Zoe Stukenberg 4, Marissa Davey 3, Jenna Kerr 2, Marissa Davey 3, Jenna Kerr 2, Maggie Brooks 2, Alexis Zadjura, Emma Stukenberg. A – Emily Howell, Ellie Matthews.
Assists: MR – Jenna Kerr 4, Zoe Stukenberg 4, Maggie Brooks 3, Taylor Hensh, Caroline Corbliss, Emma Stukenberg. A - Megan Hart, Rachel Day.
Saves: MR – Rachel Ortell 11. A – Alex Charity 5.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 12-1.
Glenelg 15, Centennial 6
Senior Tagne Vandewall took charge as Glenelg defeated Centennial, 15-6.
Goals: G – Tagne Vandewall 4, Stephanie Asher 3, Maribeth Blonchek 3, Danielle Baker, Kendall Lutts, Sarah Kapinos, Grace Perry, Haley Pettit. C – Grace Paterson 2, Dani Wilson 2, Martha Hutzell, Alicia Hsieh.