The pre-game warm-up music should have set the tone, but once the game started Glenelg Country could not find its rhythm.
Two days after making a remarkable comeback to tie Friends, 8-8, before losing, 10-8, the Dragons had little left to fend off Park School. The Bruins won Thursday’s game, 16-7.
“Our offense started really strong,” said Sara Lessans, who began Park’s scoring off an assist from Rebecca Koldner.
Four minutes into the game, Park had three goals and Glenelg Country called a timeout.
“We challenged them,” said Glenelg Country School coach Paige Walton.
Her team responded with back-to-back tallies, then it traded single goals with Park before the Bruins started pulling away for good.
Park led, 10-4, at halftime.
“Our team really came together; we played a cohesive team effort,” said Park coach Robin Lowe.
Park gelled even though it had people playing different positions than normal. Lessans, for instance, is usually a low attack player. Against Glenelg Country, she took the draw, played midfield and scored a game-high five goals.
Park’s transition game was effective and led to many offensive opportunities.
“Transition has been a highlight for us all season,” Lowe said. “Absolutely, it’s one of our strengths. We’re a fairly veteran team and they move the ball very well and are very unselfish.”
An outstanding effort by Glenelg Country’s goalkeeper Cameron Baumgardner (21 saves) kept the game from getting totally out of hand.
“It felt a little sluggish,” Baumgardner said. “Our team really wasn’t there today. The one thing we did improve on from the Friends game was our clearing, but everyone was sluggish.”
Walton was puzzled about her team’s performance, especially since it had rallied from a 6-1 deficit to tie Friends, 8-8, before losing.
“We did not play the defense that we have played. It’s a team effort and we have to be all in and right now we aren’t,” she said. “If you don’t get the draw and you don’t play defense, you can’t win.”
Baumgardner’s saves combined with two goals each from Lizzie Rice, Lauren Smith and Nicole Rieu were enough to keep Park from forcing a running clock by getting a 10-goal lead.
Park is 5-1 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference; Glenelg Country dropped to 1-3.
Park 16, Glenelg Country 7
Goals: P – Sara Lessans 5, Yen Baker 4, Rachel Hettelman 3, Quinn Solditch 2, Rebecca Koldner, Sabrina Diaz-Rinaldi. GCS – Lizzie Rice 2, Lauren Smith 2, Nicole Rieu 2, Mallory Pappas.
Assists: P – Rebecca Koldner 2, Sara Lessans. GCS – Megan Hooper.