The rematch is set, just not the one that was expected.
Instead of Mt. Hebron and Marriotts Ridge playing for the Class 3A/2A South, Section I title, it will be Century at Marriotts Ridge on Monday.
That contest is a rematch of last year’s state championship game, which Marriotts Ridge won and Century hasn’t forgotten.
Atholton and River Hill will play for the 3A/2A South Section II title.
In Class 4A/3A North, Howard extended its season by defeating Westminster. The Lions will play the winner of Saturday’s Reservoir vs. Tuscarora game.
Class 3A/2A South, Section I
Century coach Becky Groves has a name that aptly describes this section. “It’s the Section of Death,” she says.
No other section in the entire tournament is as packed as this one. The six teams have won a combined 29 state titles, which is nearly half of all the lacrosse titles awarded since the state tournament began in 1990.
Friday night, Century ousted top-seeded Mt. Hebron, 12-11, in overtime, in the sectional semifinal.
“Our players stepped up,” said Groves. “This is the best game we’ve played all year by far. It was a big team effort.”
The visiting Knights got off to a hot start and a 3-0 lead.
“Century came out strong from the beginning and we were constantly playing a game of catch-up,” said Mt. Hebron senior Lauren Schaaf. “It’s definitely a position we didn’t want to be in.”
Mt. Hebron came back to tie the game, 5-5, at the half.
“Hebron’s a great team and we knew the 50/50 balls, draw controls, the shots on cage, the saves, every little thing was going to matter and it did because we went into overtime,” Groves said.
The game was tied 10-all at the end of regulation.
Mt. Hebron scored first in the overtime, but Century scored twice to end Mt. Hebron’s season.
“When the pressure was on, the whole team stepped up,” Groves said. “Hannah (Werther) got the (last) draw and then we were able to hold the ball. That’s what you do when you are up by one.”
Defending against a possession game frustrating.
“That’s one of the most difficult moments as a defender,” said Mt. Hebron’s Tianna Wallpher. “You see the time running down and it’s just desperation … but the defense, we had some Moments here and there. We gave it our all for the whole 56 minutes of the game.”
The ending certainly wasn’t what Mt. Hebron had hoped for, nor were some of the middle parts. The Vikings had two goals nullified when Century called for stick checks.
“There were a lot of variables in this game that we hadn’t experienced prior,” said Mt. Hebron coach Trish Derwart. “It’s a lot of coulda, woulda, shoulda, but ultimately, these girls played with a lot of heart. (The end result) wasn’t for lack of wanting.”
This was a rebuilding year for Mt. Hebron, but the Vikings won the county title by going 11-0.
“This season far exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t imagine ending with a better group of girls,” said Schaaf. “It wasn’t a team to us; it was a family.”
Century 12, Mt. Hebron 11 (OT)
Goals: C — Sky Hyatt 5, Hannah Warther 3, Marissa Donoghue 2, Madi Hall 2. MH — Jen Giles 4, Chachi Kelehan 4, Aly Unkenholz, Lauren Schaaf, Sorana Larson.
Assists: C — Hannah Warther 2, Madi Hall. MH — Sorana Larson, Jen Giles.
Saves: C — Catie Pluta 9. MH — Jen Schaaf 4.
Halftime: tied, 5-5.
Ten days ago, in rain and cold, Glenelg and Marriotts Ridge played a one-goal game. On Friday, it wasn’t even close.
Marriotts Ridge rushed out to a 5-0 lead en route to a 19-4 victory.
The more the Mustangs scored, the higher their confidence went.
“This is best we’ve ever played in every aspect of the game,” said Marriotts Ridge senior Taylor Hensh, who scored six goals. “The offense was awesome. Draw controls — we won a lot of them. Our defense came up big on some turnovers, and (goalie) Rachel (Ortell) was awesome today; she killed it.”
The Mustangs came in with a game plan.
“The girls knew what the needed to do and they executed it. They didn’t just execute it; they did it beautifully,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Amanda Brady.
Marriotts Ridge used its height to get control of the ball on the draws, its speed to get the ball up field quickly on transition and its passing to find the open player on offense.
Eleven of Marriotts Ridge’s goals were assisted.
“Our offense really worked well; we just threaded the needle,” said Marriotts Ridge’s Jenna Kerr.
“We knew they were going to be pretty good at getting the cuts in from the top,” said Glenelg defender Morgan Philie. “They caught us off guard with a lot of girls on the fast break just open in the middle. Some things we weren’t ready for and some things should have had, though.”
“Nothing really went our way. We had so much potential and we worked so hard this season, I just think today just wasn’t our day,” said Glenelg’s Stephanie Asher, who scored all her team’s goals.
“This was fun lacrosse. It really felt like Marriotts Ridge lacrosse,” Kerr said.
Marriotts Ridge 19, Glenelg 4
Goals: MR — Taylor Hensh 6, Jenna Kerr 3, Marissa Davey 3, Carly Miller 3, Lexi Souder, Emma Stukenberg, Caroline Corbliss, Alexis Zadjura. G — Stephanie Asher 4.
Assists: MR — Jenna Kerr 3, Marissa Davey 2, Carly Miller 2, Alexis Zadjura 2, Lexi Souder, Taylor Hensh, Caroline Corbliss. G — none.
Saves: MR — Rachel Ortell 9, Caroline Moore 0. G — Megan Taylor 10.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 12-2.
Class 3A/2A South, Section II
Meaghan Quinn had five goals and three assists as Atholton defeated Northeast-AA, 18-12, in a section semifinal.
In the other section semifinal, River Hill defeated Wilde Lake, 14-11.
River Hill hosts Atholton Monday for the section title (aka the regional semifinals).
Atholton 18, Northeast-AA 12
Goals: A — Meaghan Quinn 5, Emma Johnson 4, KK Shepherd 3, Rachel Foster 3, Emily Howell, Ashley Martin, Meghan Hart. NE — McPhee 5, Bowers 3, Hallikas 3, Burroughs.
Assists: A — Meaghan Quinn 3, Emily Howell 3, KK Shepherd 2, Emma Johnson. NE — Shriver, Thursb.
Saves: A — Yasi Brewer 4. NE — Nock 11.
River Hill 14, Wilde Lake 11
Wilde Lake gave River Hill a better game than the last time the two teams played. While Wilde Lake’s Grayson Corbett led all scorers with nine goals, River Hill’s Jenna Collins (eight) nearly matched her.
“I couldn't be prouder as a coach,” said Wilde Lake’s Davia Procida. “They left everything on the field and played there hearts out. Becca Riley stepped up huge for us, and Grayson (Crorbett) and Kate (Glaros) played the best they have all season. I'm sad we lost but you could see the growth of our team.”
River Hill will host Atholton on Monday. The winner advances to the regional final.
Goals: RH — Jenna Collins 8, Julia Collins 2, Katie Caddigan 2, Emily Hamburger, Halley Seybold. WL — Grayson Corbett 9, Kate Glaros 2.
Assists: RH — Emily Hamburger, Julia Collins. WL — Kate Glaros.
Saves: RH — Annie Maloney 7. WL — Jenna Oler 8
Class 4A/3A North, Section I
Sophomore midfielder Ella Orzechowski scored three goals to lead Howard past Westminster, the top seed in the section, 11-7. Nearly half of Howard’s goals were assisted.
The Lions next play on Monday against the winner of the Reservoir-Tuscarora game.
Goals: Ho — Ella Orzechowski 3, Maddie Regal 2, Kelsey Savje 2, Jenny Kinsey 2, Catherine Sims, Katie Schluederberg. W — McDonald 3, Frock 2, Martin, McKelvin.
Assists: Ho — Jenny Kinsey 2, Maddie Regal, Kelsey Savje, Ella Orzechowski. W — Frock 2, McKelvin.