Marriotts Ridge girls lacrosse hosted a four-team invitational tournament Saturday morning. Concern about the playing condition of the Mustangs’ natural grass stadium field caused the tournament to be moved to Rockburn Park’s turf fields.
Conestoga (Pa), Century and Mount de Sales, an IAAM A Conference School, were the other participants and the games were played back-to-back.
Marriotts Ridge and Century each won both of their games, although the Mustangs won in more convincing fashion as they moved their season record to 4-0. The two teams were named tournament co-champions.
“I was extremely proud of how our defense was able to come together and play as a unit,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Amanda Brady. “They were solid all day long.”
Goalie Rachel Ortell made seven stops against Conestoga.
“Rachel was hot,” Brady said.
The day’s constant drizzle did not deter Marriotts Ridge’s attack. Taylor Hensh came up with the ball often off the circle and scored eight goals in the first game and three in the second.
Marissa Davey was great in transition and on the defensive ride. She had three goals in the first game and five in the second.
In a freak accident, starter Jenna Kerr fractured her thumb when she was hit by the ball.
“We’re hoping her recovery is speedy because she leads our offense … and (in) making big plays happen on settled attack,” Brady said.
While this spring’s weather has played havoc with every team’s pre-season practice plans, Brady was very impressed with what she saw from her squad during the tournament.
But, she added, “We see what we need to work on.”
Marriotts Ridge 17, Conestoga 7
Goals: MR — Taylor Hensh 8, Jenna Kerr 3, Marissa Davey 3, Lexi Souder, Carly Miller, Lily Kennedy. Co — Dickey 2, Lord 2, Scott 2, Growney.
Assists: MR — Jenna Kerr 2, Taylor Hensh 2, Lexi Souder. Co — M. Stetson 3, King, Growney.
Saves: MR — Rachel Ortell 7. Co — L. Stetson 4, Horning 3.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 12-4.
Century 14, Mount de Sales 9
Goals: Ce — Donogue 4, Warther, Connolly 2, Davis 2, Hall 2, Hyatt. MdS — Ignacio 3, Boyle 2, Hiltz, Lukowski, Seidel, Bartlinski
Assists: Ce — Hyatt 2, Warther, Hall, Davis, Donogue, Connolly. MdS — Boyle, Ignacio.
Saves: Ce — Pluta 4. MdS — Fields 2, Smith.
Halftime: Century, 9-2.
Marriotts Ridge 16, Mount de Sales 6
Goals: MR — Marissa Davey 5, Taylor Hensh 3, Lily Kennedy 2, Lexi Souder 2, Carly Miller 2, Katie Wardle, Caroline Corbliss. MdS — A. Ignacio 5, Boyle.
Assists: MR — Taylor Hensh 3, Marissa Davey. MdS — not available.
Saves: MR — Rachel Ortell 4, Caroline Moore 2. MdS — Smith 2, Fields 3.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 10-3.
Century 18, Conestoga 17 (OT)
Goals: Ce — Warther 10, Hall 3, Hyatt 2, Davis 2, Donogue. Co — Growney 7, Friel 3, Nalevanko 2, R. Scott, King, M. Stetson, Lord, L. Scott.
Assists: Ce — Connolly, Dickman, Donogue. Co — L. Scott 3, King 2, Lord.
Saves: Ce — Pluta 8. Co — Horning 4, (unknown) 6.
Halftime: Century, 9-6