When the season began, Glenelg Country School set modest goals — win at least half of its game, come up with more draw controls, win more ground balls and play as a team.
The Dragons have achieved far beyond their original intent, however.
Wednesday’s 11-10 victory over Mercy puts Glenelg Country in Sunday’s Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship game. The Dragons will play top-seeded Friends at 4 p.m. at Stevenson University.
In other Wednesday games, Howard, Glenelg, Wilde Lake won while Centennial, Oakland Mills, Long Reach, Hammond and Chapelgate saw their seasons end.
Glenelg Country 11, Mercy 10
There were a number of times against Mercy when the Glenelg Country School team could have said, “Oh, well, we tried.”
Instead, they just dug deeper and tried harder.
“Mercy’s a great team and they dominated much of the game. They outhustled us and got more draws,” said Glenelg Country School coach Paige Walton, whose players fought an uphill battle to victory.
The Dragons were down, 7-4, at the half.
“We knew we needed to make up ground,” Walton said of her halftime theme. There was plenty of time, she assured her charges.
Glenelg Country still trailed, 10-6, with less than 5 minutes to play. Then things started to change.
The Dragons got two goals by redefending the ball rather than coming up with it off the draw, which the team was not winning.
The score was 10-8 when Walton called a time out. “We weren’t sure we were going to be the ball back and we wanted to set our defense,” she said.
In spite of double teaming on defense and not conceding any balls, the Dragons were still down by two with 1:50 left on the clock.
“We got the last five draws of the game; Mercy never got the ball back,” Walton said.
Freshman Alyssa Arnold scored her team’s final two goals. One goal came from defending the Mercy goalkeeper on a clear.
“Alyssa checked the ball, it fell out of the keeper’s stick and Alyssa scored,” Walton said.
With the score tied, Mallory Pappas came up with the draw. Julia Sheehan went in to shoot but pulled back away from the goal circle and passed to Arnold who rolled the crease for the game winner.
The shot came with 15 seconds left and Mercy called a time out.
Pappas got the final draw to ice the game, which was originally scheduled to be played at Mercy but was moved to Glenelg Country School’s turf field because of Wednesday’s rain.
Having the home field went in the Dragons’ favor, particularly in the second half of the game.
“We had a ton of people there,” Walton said. As practices for other spring teams finished, those squads came to cheer on the lacrosse team. So did other coaches and teachers from the school.
When the game was over, the fans stormed the field.
“Mercy made us work for it down to the last few seconds,” Walton said.
“This is such a special team. They were down with not a lot of time to go and everybody just stepped it up a little bit more and made it happen.”
Goals: GCS — Alyssa Arnold 4, Lizzie Rice 3, Jennifer Rushe 2, Mallory Pappas, Megan Hooper. M — McKayla Grasham 3, Christina McDonough 3, Caroline Cummings, Eliza Clark, Natalie Ventmiller, Sarah Turco.
Assists: GCS — Alyssa Arnold 2, Julia Sheehan. M — McKayla Grasham, Tara Maner, Kayla Lari.
Saves: GCS — Cameron Baumgardner 9. M — Taylor Sisk 10.
Halftime: Mercy, 7-4.
Oldfields 15, Chapelgate 11
In a contest between two of the top teams in the IAAM C Conference, Oldfields defeated Chapelgate for the second time this season.
Playing at home, Chapelgate scored first, but Oldfields went on a seven-goal scoring spree before the Yellowjackets got their next two goals.
Chapelgate played a stronger game in the second and did take an 8-7 lead. The teams traded goals before Oldfields went in ahead for good.
“In the end it was an awesome game played by two very skilled teams,” said Chapelgate coach Colleen Norton.
Chapelgate ended its season with a record of 12-5.
Goals: O — Emily Brownwell 5, Pollack 4, Anastasia Arabis 3, M. Henson 3. CCA — Emma Rufolo 5, Christina VanWingerden 3, Julia DelCarmen, Katherine Cameron, Abby Heffler.
Assists: O — not available. CCA — Jenna Winand, Christina VanWingerden, Casey Garlic.
Saves: O — Camille Keys 10. CCA — Courtney Hayes.
Halftime: Oldfields, 7-3.
Class 3A/2A South, Section II
Senior Grayson Corbett set a new single game scoring record at Wilde Lake when she scored 14 goals in the Wildecats’ 22-10 win over Hammond. Corbett and 2010 graduate Beth Glaros shared the old record (12).
“The kids new that Grayson was going for the record and they helped set her up,” said Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida. “I’m proud of Grayson; this is a great way to leave her mark on the county.”
Hammond had a strong start in the game, leading 4-3 at one point.
“They were beating us and we kicked it back into gear,” Procida said.
Kate Glaros scored two goals and helped the Wildecats win the draw.
Brigid Mangan and Zoe Pekins each had four goals for Hammond.
Wilde Lake 22, Hammond 10
Goals: WL — Grayson Corbett 14, Kate Glaros 2, Tess Kostelec 2, Sarah Moore, Bridget Cavanaugh, Anna Haase, Julila Bohse. Ha — Brigid Mangan 4, Zoe Pekins 4, Sydney, Mariah Sandy.
Assists: WL — Nicole Sciabarra, Anna Haase.
Saves: WL — Jenna Oler 10. Ha — Tina Asare 4, Ewurafua Asiedu 5.
Northeast-AA 26, Long Reach 13
In spite of seven goals by Lillie Miller and 11 saves by Samantha Saleniers, Long Reach’s season ended in a disappointing 26-13 loss to Northeast-AA.
“We beat ourselves,” said Long Reach coach Colleen Delaney.
Goals: NE — not available. LR — Lillie Miller 7, Imani Sanders 3, Colleen Dudley, Sadie McClelland, Nicole Coté.
Saves: NE — not available. LR — Samantha Saleniers 11.
Next games: Atholton hosts Northeast-AA and Wilde Lake plays at River Hill. Both games, sectional semifinals, are at 7 p.m., Friday.
Class 3A/2A South, Section1
Kay Kelly scored five goals and played well at both ends of the field, but Centennial could not overcome Century.
“Century was incredibly physical and was able to capitalize on our mistakes,” said Centennial coach Rachel Burton. “I was very proud of my players for working hard throughout the entire game.”
Century 20, Centennial 10
Goals: Cty — Hall 6, Davis 4, Hyatt 4, Connolly 3, Warther 3, Donoghue. Cen — Kay Kelly 5, Alicia Hsieh 3, Megan Oliver, Martha Hutzell.
Assists: Cty — Hyatt 3, Hall 2, Warther, Hart, Donoghue. Cen — Wilson.
Saves: Cty — Pluta 7. Cen — Maddie Albornoz 8, Anna Cosentino 1.
Glenelg 13, Winters Mill 8
Goals: G — Julia Salandra 5, Sami Smit 3, Stephanie Asher 2, Hannah Doughty, Lindsay LeTellier, Maisy Haney. WM — McGuire 4, Crouse 2, Wilcox 2.
Assists: G — Stephanie Asher 2, Hannah Doughty, Maisy Haney. WM — McGuire 3.
Saves: G — Megan Taylor 9. WM — Lesniak 6.
Halftime: Glenelg, 6-5.
Next games: Century at Mt. Hebron and Glenelg at Marriotts Ridge. Both games Friday at 6 p.m.
Class 2A/1A West, Section I
Francis Scott Key 14, Oakland Mills 7
Goals: FSK — Webster 4, Monteleone 4, Rohwein 2, Lippy 2, Kurtz, Heflin. OM — Sarah Farall 3, Jordan Kerr, Jania Suryn, Morgan Carroll, Christina Devine.
Assists: FSK — Rohwein. OM — Sarah Farrall, Christina Devine.
Saves: FSK — not available. OM — Ashley Ramirez 6.
Next game: No Howard County teams are left in this region.
Class 4A/3A North, Section I
Howard 19, Linganore 1
Howard controlled the draw and the game in defeating Linganore, 19-1.
Goals: Ho — Maddie Regal 3, Kendall Wells 3, Ella Orzechowski 2, Kelsey Savje 2, Catherine Sims 2, Grace Regal 2, Kelly Aquino, Katie Schluederberg, Rosie O’Connor, R. Sipes, Cassidy Burns. L — Mary Caffrey.
Assists: Ho — Kelsey Savje 4, Maddie Regal, Ella Orzechowski, Jenny Kinsey.
Next games: Reservoir at Tuscarora, 6 p.m., Thursday; Howard at Westminster, 6:15 p.m., Friday.