It has been a productive four years for the seniors on the Marriotts Ridge girls lacrosse team. While this year’s Howard County championship eluded them, they won their third regional title by defeating River Hill, 13-10, Wednesday in a Class 3A/2A contest.
Marissa Davey led the Mustangs with six goals. Taylor Hensh added four and Carly Miller had three.
Jenna Collins had four goals for River Hill. A fifth goal was called back due to an illegal stick.
That goal, which came early in the second half, would have cut Marriotts Ridge’s lead to two goals.
“At first (the negated goal) put us back, but we used it to get another goal and to push harder than before,” said Julia Collins, who scored twice in the game.
River Hill coach Kelly Rabil said she teaches her players to “ride the wave. We teach them to play five minutes at a time. It’s a long game and it’s not going to be over in five minutes.”
River Hill, which lost to Marriotts Ridge, 19-5, very early in the season kept up with the Mustangs this time.
“I am so very proud,” said Julia Collins. “If you had asked me a couple of years ago if we could have played this hard against Marriotts Ridge” I would not have thought it possible.
“We knew River Hill would be a tough opponent and they came out to play,” Davey said.
Davey shifted into the center’s position to take the draw against Jenna Collins. Davey’s height made it a better match-up.
“Marissa came up big for us on the draw,” Marriotts Ridge coach Amanda Brady said.
The Collins twins’ athleticism presented problems for Marriotts Ridge’s defense. It’s hard enough to double-time one good player, let alone two.
“I think we worked really well as a unit,” said Marriotts Ridge defender Maddie Courtney. “I think we had some really good double (teams) on the Collins girls and we took risks and got ground balls and draw controls.”
After River Hill closed the score to 13-10, Taylor Hensh got the next draw and the Mustangs went into a spread-to-score for the final three minutes of the game.
Marriotts Ridge will play Hereford in the state semifinal. Hereford advanced thanks to a 10-9 win over C.M. Wright. The game will be played Friday or Saturday at Annapolis High School.
Marriotts Ridge is the defending state champion.
Marriotts Ridge 13, River Hill 10
Goals: MR — Marissa Davey 6, Taylor Hensh 4, Carly Miller 3. RH — Jenna Collins 4, Emily Hamburger 2, Julia Collins, Katie Caddigan, Halley Seybold.
Assists: MR — Jenna Kerr 3, Alexis Zadjura 2, Taylor Hensh, Katie Berdy. RH — none.
Saves: MR — Rachel Ortell 5. RH — Annie Maloney 9.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 10-7.
Abbey Groft and Katie Schluederberg each scored three goals as Howard defeated Tuscarora in the Class 4A/3A North Section II final. Because of weather delays, the game was started Tuesday afternoon and finished on Wednesday.
When the game was picked up, it was in the second half and Howard was leading 8-2.
The Lions kept the upper hand and won, 14-10.
Howard hosts Sherwood, last year’s state runner-up, for the 4A/3A North Region title Thursday at 6 p.m. The winner advances to the state semifinal at Northeast-AA on Friday or Saturday.
Howard 14, Tuscarora 10
Goals: Ho — Abbey Groft 3, Katie Schluederberg 3, Ella Orzechowski 2, Maddie Regal 2, Kelly Aquino, Jenny Kinsey, Catherine Sims, Kelsey Savje. T — Caitlyn 4, Jenna 3, Kenna 2, Brianna.
Assists: Ho — Abbey Groft 3, Ella Orzechowski 2, Maddie Regal, Kelsey Savje. T — Kenna, Jenna.
Saves: Ho —Sam Sagi 13. T — name not available 8.