Mt. Hebron was out of sync in its drive and in working together.

“It’s a shame for it to hit in this game,” Derwart said. “We weren’t playing our brand of lacrosse, which is unfortunate. …It’s one thing to lose when you feel good about how you are playing.”

This was the last chance for a state title for the Vikings’ 11 seniors, and the loss made for an emotional ending to their otherwise successful high school careers.

“I felt so bad for them. You could tell that it just wasn’t their game,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Natalie Gaieski. “I have so much respect for (Mt. Hebron) for fighting so hard and being able to handle us (while) down a player.”

Mt. Hebron ends its year with a 14-3 record.

Marriotts Ridge 11, Mt. Hebron 8

Goals: MR – Jenna Kerr 3, Marissa Davey 3, Taylor Hensh 3, Alexis Zadjura, Zoe Stukenberg. MH – Jen Giles 3, Jamie Schwartz 2, Jordan Stevens, Meghan Doherty, Tianna Wallpher.

Assists: MR – Jenna Kerr 2, Marissa Davey, Alexis Zadjura, Zoe Stukenberg, Taylor Hensh. MH – Amanda Steinmuller, Jen Giles.

Saves: MR – Rachel Ortell 7. MH – Maddy Fisher 4.

Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 5-3.

Class 4A/3A North

After 25 years of girls lacrosse, Howard is finally getting a chance to play on the state’s biggest stage. The Lions defeated Linganore, 16-9, to win their first regional title.

It’s not that Howard hasn’t had good teams, it’s just that the Lions have often been stuck in the same region as Mt. Hebron, Marriotts Ridge, Glenelg and Centennial.

Last year, though, Howard was bumped up to Class 4A/3A.

“At the beginning of the year, we sat down as a team and our goal was to make it to the regional championship game again,” said Howard coach Alleesha Davidson.  “We wanted to go at least as far as we did last year.”

Howard lost to Westminster in last year’s regional championship game.

Under Davidson, now in her third year, the Lions have gone one step farther each season.

Howard started slowly in Wednesday’s regional final. The Lions led, 6-4, at the half. Then they took command of the game.

“In the second half, we really controlled the ball and the momentum,” Davidson said. “They couldn’t stop us. We spread them out and held the ball to run time off the clock. We moved the ball around a lot and then we’d go to goal and score.”

Kristen Woolschlager had three goals for Howard and when Linganore’s defense turned its attention to her, Abbey Groft picked up the slack. She finished the afternoon with four goals.