For the second year in a row, Howard came up short of winning the girls portion of the Karl Wolf Tournament. This year, though, that margin of victory was razor thin.
Last year, Kent Island defeated Howard, 16-15, to win the championship. This year Worcester Prep, of Berlin, Md., won, 9-8, in dramatic fashion.
The winning goal came after the final horn had sounded and with no time on the clock, when the Worcester’s Lilly DiNardo scored on an 8-meter free position.
“All I was thinking was getting the ball in the goal,” said DiNardo. It was her fifth score of the game.
“If there’s anyone on the team that we would want to have the ball in that situation, it’s Lilly,” said Mallards coach Paige Watts. “She’s got speed and so much determination and she does really good under pressure.”
The officials allowed DiNardo’s free position because the game clock had run the last two minutes of play when it should not have.
“It is what it is,” said Howard coach Alleesha Davidson.
With the score tied, 8-all, Howard had the ball with less than a minute to play and twice Katie Schluederberg was awarded 8-meter free positions. She didn’t attempt a shot on the first one. On the second, Worcester Prep goalie Maddie Pilchard came up with the save, one of eight she made in the half.
That possession eventually led to the winning goal.
For the most part, it was a back-and-forth game. The score was tied five times.
“I feel like we were dead even. It was a really good game and that’s really exciting,” Davidson said. “We didn’t make a lot of shots that we should have made. That’s what I’m irritated about. At the end you’ve got to finish.”
Schluederberg (three) and Kristen Woolschlager (two) led Howard’s scoring.
DiNardo and Howard’s Cassidy Burns received the Karl Wolf Award. This was the 12th annual Karl Wolf Tournament. Wolf was the leading scorer on the 1984 Howard team that reached the state championship game. He passed away in 1999 after a lengthy battle with Hodgkin’s disease. This year’s tournament was played at Rockburn Branch Park.
Howard reached the championship game by defeating Wilde Lake, 19-5; Worcester Prep defeated Reservoir, 20-11.
Wilde Lake won the consolation game, 18-12, over Reservoir.
Wilde Lake’s Grayson Corbett put her team on the scoreboard first, but the Wildecats coughed up five straight goals.
During a timeout, Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida told her team, “You’re not playing well, you need to start playing together.”
Trailing by four, Wilde Lake, paced primarily by Corbett and Kate Glaros , scored six goals to take the lead.
Reservoir tied the score, but Wilde Lake went on a four-goal run and maintained its advantage the rest of the game.
Corbett had a tremendous day. She scored nine of her 11 goals against Reservoir and came up with 13 draw controls.
“She never stops working. She is constantly double- and triple-teamed yet she still can find her way around or find an open teammate. She is easily one of the most talented players that I have ever coached,” Procida said.
Glaros, a freshman, had a season-high eight goals against Reservoir.
Wilde Lake goalkeeper Eolandae Brown had 12 saves and Becca Riley anchored a defense that caused many turnovers.
“Becca’s presence on defense sets the tone for the younger players and her leadership is what is going to help build this team,” Procida said.
It has been over three years since Wilde Lake has scored 18 goals in a game.
Worcester Prep 9, Howard 8
Goals: W – Lilly DiNardo 5, Meredith Smith 2, Alex Bruder, Cynthia Delaney. Ho – Katie Schluederberg 3, Kirsten Woolschlager 2, Kelly Aquino, Abbey Groft, Maddie Regal.
Assists: W – Meredith Soule, Kristen Shriver. Ho – Maddie Regal
Saves: W – Carolyn Dorey 3, Maddie Pilchard 8. Ho – Lauren Ferraro 8.
Halftime: Worcester Prep, 6-5.
Wilde Lake 18, Reservoir 12
Goals: WL – Grayson Corbett 9, Kate Glaros 8, Anna Haase. Re – not available.
Assists: WL – Grayson Corbett, Kate Glaros, Sarah Moore. Re – not available.
Saves: WL – Eolandae Brown 12. Re – not available.
Howard 19, Wilde Lake 5
Goals: Ho – Abbey Groft 3, Kristen Woolschlager 3, Megan Hart 2, Maddy Regal 2, Taylor Motley 2, Catherine Sims 2, Molly Hart, Katie Schluederberg, Bridget Graef, Allie McLamb, Charlotte Wilkenson. WL – Grayson Corbett 3, Kate Glaros 2.
Assists: Ho – Maddy Regal 2, Katie Schulderburg 2, Kristen Woolschlager, Molly Hart, Megan Hart, Taylor Motley, Catherine Sims, Charlotte Wilkenson. WL – none.
Saves: Ho – not available. WL – Eolandae Brown 9.
Halftime: Howard, 14-3.
Worcester Prep 20, Reservoir 11
Goals: W – Sophie Brennan 3, Lilly DiNarado 3, Meredith Soule 3, Frankie Willing 2, Cynthia Delaney 2, Molly Soule 2, Kristen Shriver 2, Meredith Smith, Alex Bruder, Molly Marshall. Re – not available.
Atholton takes two
Atholton won both of its games in the Southern-AA tournament. The Raiders defeated Huntingtown, 16-10, and then the host school, 16-6.
On March 28, Atholton defeated Hammond, 17-2, as Jenna Brewer led the way with six goals. Kaileann Sheperd added three.
Atholton 17, Hammond 2
Goals: A – Jenna Brewer 6, Kaileann Sheperd 3, Kaelin Shaw 2, Rachel Day 2, Meghan Quinn, Ellie Matthews. Ha – Brigid Mangan, name not available.
Assists: A - Rachel Day 3, Kaelin Shaw 2, Meghan Quinn, Emily Howell.
Saves: A – Emily Clinch 3, Alexis Charity 3. Ha – four saves.