Mt. Hebron had a difficult time shaking an Atholton team determined to pull off a huge upset in girls lacrosse. Howard County leader Mt. Hebron had a 7-5 lead with 15 minutes remaining in Tuesday’s game, which was played in the rain.
A 7-1 run gave the Vikings a 14-6 victory and kept them at the top of the standings.
“Atholton has some very good athletes and they entered (the game) with intensity. It was a good wake-up call for us,” said Mt. Hebron coach Trish Derwart.
“We got off to a slow start and it took us a bit to warm up,” said Mt. Hebron’s Chachi Kelehan. She scored four times as did teammate Jen Giles.
“We were coming off a very competitive strong game (against Marriotts Ridge) and this was a reminder that we need to bring our A game from the get-go,” Derwart said.
Atholton, led by Meaghan Quinn, Rachel Foster and Emily Howell, hung with Mt. Hebron longer than most teams have been able to. Then the Raiders’ effort plateaued.
“We hit a lull,” said Atholton coach Crystal Shelley.
Viking goalie Jen Schaaf helped with create the lull by turning back several Atholton scoring attempts.
Mt. Hebron 14, Atholton 6
Goals: MH — Chachi Kelehan 4, Jen Giles 4, Jordan Stevens 2, Sorana Larson, Megan Pallozzi, Lauren Schaaf, Tianna Wallpher, A — Meaghan Quinn 3, Rachel Foster, Emily Howell, Emma Johnson.
Assists: MH — Jen Giles 2, Tianna Wallpher, Sorana Larson. A — none.
Saves: MH — Jen Schaaf 9. A — Yasi Brewer 5.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 5-3.
Centennial 16, Reservoir 7
Centennial dominated important elements of its game against Reservoir — draw control, ground balls and basic skills. Too many turnovers also plagued Reservoir’s efforts in the game that was moved to Blandair Park.
Centennial had a running clock in the first half, and several other times in the game, but Reservoir kept fighting back to keep its deficit below 10 goals.
Goals: C — Martha Hutzell 4, Kay Kelly 3, Samantha Courtemanche 3, Alicia Hsieh 2, Dani Wilson 2, Devin McIntyre 2. Re — Leah Monroe 2, Haley Tiller 2, Connie Chung.
Assists: C — Samantha Courtemanche 2, Martha Hutzell, Dani Wilson, Devin McIntyre. Re — Connie Chung, Haley Tiller, Alex Sadzewicz
Saves: C — Anna Cosentino 5, Maddie Albornoz 2. Re — Brianna Weinman 3.
Halftime: Centennial, 13-3.