Hensh siblings building lacrosse legacy at Marriotts Ridge

The Hensh siblings arrive in the Marriotts Ridge parking lot a few minutes before practice, both donning their lacrosse uniforms.

Troy, a sophomore, is slightly taller than his older sister. Still, their resemblance is uncanny.

Taylor typically drives her brother to the school — a routine that will soon come to an end when the senior graduates and heads to the University of Maryland.

The two collect their sticks, gloves and gear in unison, and walk over to the stadium field for a quick interview before getting back to business.

Both their mannerisms, and athletic frames, mirror one another. Their style of play on the field is similar as well.

"We're both strong, we hustle and we give heart," Taylor said proudly. "My parents have always just pushed us to have intensity, and to always go out and play as hard as we can."

Troy is in his first season as a member of the Mustangs' varsity boys lacrosse program. Since his older sister was a freshman, he's looked forward to being a multi-sport athlete on the very same field. Just as Taylor was also a member of the girls soccer team, Troy got his fall sports fix through football.

He speaks of the feeling he longed for — the warm-up music, the crowd in the stands, and the excitement of playing lacrosse at a high level. He got his chance this season, and in his first game against Atholton, he made sure his presence was known when he scored the game-winning goal.

"I wouldn't say that we have that big of a rivalry, playing-wise," Taylor said of the relationship she shares with her brother. "We're both proud of each other and what we do on the field. We're always just pushing each other to do better, and the rivalry will help us with being better on the field."

Troy partly agrees, though argues that he and his sister's competitiveness presents itself in a friendly way.

The two have a little competition when it comes to goals, although Taylor is by far in the lead.

Entering the playoffs, the elder sibling has 59 goals and 29 assists this spring — her highest totals in four seasons.

Still a large part of his team's offense, Troy's 15 goals in his first season show promise moving forward.

Boys lacrosse coach Tony Incontrera, who also serves as an assistant on the girls varsity soccer team, has spent time working with both siblings.

"They're the type of kids you want to have on your team," he said. "They make you better. It's not just because of how good they are at their sport. It's the interactions they have with their teammates on and off the field."

That work ethic that Incontrera went on to use as an example of the Hensh siblings' drive, started for both of them at a young age.

Growing up, they were introduced to the game of lacrosse by their older cousins, who played the sport in their backyard. Soon, the whole family got involved, and the lawn became a battleground.

While the boys game is fundamentally different from the girls', that didn't stop Taylor for exerting her dominance over her younger siblings when they played against one another.

"When I would play defense against her, I hit her in the head by accident," Troy said. "She would get very angry at me."

Along with the usual verbal lashes an older sibling is likely to dish out, Taylor had another way of handing out punishment — even when it came to their youngest sister, Victoria.

"Since she was the leader of the practice in the backyard, she would make me do pushups," Troy said.

The two joke about the days of the grueling exercises, but in reality, those moments are what define the way they handle their time on the field as high school athletes.

Heading into what would ultimately be the most important year to date for each, the offseason was a crucial chance to improve their skills.

Taylor was readying for her final spring season with the Mustangs, and though she committed to play for the Terps lacrosse program in her sophomore season, she had a chance to put a bow on an already sensational high school career.

Troy was relatively unknown. His reputation was based largely on potential, and what his sister had already achieved. He knew that an impressive rookie season on varsity would go a long way in starting his legacy.

Next year, Troy will be the lone Hensh sibling roaming the halls of Marriotts Ridge High School.

His sister created a body of work on the field that will be tough to match. But, ultimately, she's just as happy to see Troy blaze his own trail.

"It's awesome to have my brother follow in my footsteps," Taylor said. "He's been playing a lot better, and harder."

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