Since winning the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship in 2005, Glenelg Country has struggled to get past the quarterfinals.
Monday’s 11-6 victory over St. John’s Catholic Prep makes the next game on the Dragons’ schedule a conference semifinal appearance.
“This was a great team win,” said Glenelg Country School coach Paige Walton.
Chapelgate, which defeated Key School, 14-10, Monday advances to Wednesday’s C Conference semifinals.
Glenelg Country 11, St. John’s CP 6
A balanced team effort and good clock management helped the Dragons continue their turnaround season.
The St. John’s game was close in the first half, with Glenelg Country in control, but unable to pull far ahead.
A turning point came with the Dragons two players down. Keeper Cameron Baumgardner (11 saves) and the GCS defense kept St. John’s from scoring.
“That was huge for us,” Walton said.
The Dragons did even better, turning the two-players-down situation into an advantage when defender Deja Hursey got the ball and ran it up the field. Teammate Alyssa Arnold rolled the crease and scored one of her four goals in the game.
Glenelg Country then settled into a patient offense to take time off the clock before the halftime break.
Glenelg Country controlled the draw in the second half and that enabled the team to continue its possession game to take time off the clock and finish with a good shot.
A goal by substitute Haley Toomer gave the team more momentum.
“We played well in the first half, but we played really well the second half. There was a lot of intensity and motivation in the second half,” Walton said. “It was a team effort and they showed that today against a good team.”
Glenelg Country will play at No. 2 seed Mercy Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Top seed Friends hosts Park in the other semifinal.
The winners advance to the conference championship game, Sunday, May 11 at 4 p.m. The game will be played at Stevenson University.
Goals: GCS — Alyssa n 4, Jennifer Rushe 3, Julia Sheehan 2, Marissa Burks, Haley Toomer. SJ — M. Nelson 2, B. Pierce 2, S. Austin, B. Skubon.
Assists: GCS — Julia Sheehan 2, Alyssa Arnold, Lizzie Rice. SJ — none.
Saves: GCS — Cameron Baumgardner 11. SJ — A. Passaro 5.
Halftime: Glenelg Country, 5-2.
Chapelgate 14, Key 10
Abby Heffler and Christina VanWingerden each scored four goals as Chapelgate won a see-saw contest with Key School.
Chapelgate had a five-goal lead at the half, but Key scored seven goals to go in front 10-8 with 12 minutes left in the game.
“That’s when we stepped up again and scored six goals to take the win,” said Chapelgate coach Colleen Norton.
Chapelgate won a majority of the goals but fouls were a big stumbling block for the team.
“In the end we wanted the win more and overcame the deficit to move on to the semifinals,” Norton said.
Chapelgate will play at Oldfields, the top seed in the Gold Division, on Wednesday at 4:30. Chapelgate is the second seed in the Red Division.
Indian Creek hosts Catholic in the other C Conference semifinal.
Goals: CCA — Abby Heffler 4, Christina VanWingerden 4, Jenna Winana, Stephanie Dumas, Julia delCarmen, Katherine Cameron, Emma Rufolo, Rachel delCarmen. K — Carter Maclead 5, Julia Mahoney 4, Seyrn Ratnmeann.
Assists: CCA — Emma Rufolo 2, Abby Heffler, Samantha Ricketts. K — not available.
Saves: CCA — Courtney Hayes 8. K — Liza Ballinger 15.
Halftime: Chapelgate, 8-3.
Wilde Lake 18, Oakland Mills 5
Grayson Corbett matched the Wilde Lake record for goals in a game (12) as the Wildecats defeated Oakland Mills, 18-5, on Monday. Corbett and Beth Glaros, a 2010 graduate) already share the record.
“I’m very pleased at how we put together two full halves of good lacrosse,” said Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida. “The defense did a good job of limiting the number of shots Oakland Mills took, (goalie) Jenna Oler stepped up in the cage and our attack was patient yet urgent when they saw smart opportunities.”
Oakland Mills goalie Ashley Ramierz made 13 saves to thwart Wilde Lake’s offense.
“As always, I am incredibly proud of this group of girls,” said Oakland Mills coach Jamie Bowman. “They have 100 percent all the way to the end.
“My graduating seniors will be missed so much and they have paved the way for our younger players to find success and to have fun playing lacrosse. They are wonderful role models, showing strength and dedication through a difficult season with such a small team.”
Oakland Mills’ only substitute is a goalkeeper.
Goals: WL — Grayson Corbett 12, Kate Glaros 2, Julila Bohse 2, Bridget Cavanaugh, Kikelomo Lawoyin. OM — Sarah Farrall 3, Jordan Kerr 2.
Saves: WL — Jenna Oler 8. OM — Ashley Ramirez 13.
MPSSAA playoff draw
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Final county standings
Mt. Hebron, 11-0
Marriotts Ridge, 10-1
River Hill, 8-3
Wilde Lake, 3-8
Long Reach, 2-9
Oakland Mills, 1-11