Less than two minutes into Friday afternoon’s game, which Marriotts Ridge ended up going on to win 19-5, River Hill’s Jenna Collins gave the Mustangs their first wake-up call.
Collins controlled the first draw of the game and took the ball toward her goal. After a teammate missed on an 8-meter free position shot, Collins buried her 8-meter attempt in the back of the net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead over the defending county champions.
Collins’ twin, Julia, came up with the next draw and the Hawks went to the attack again, giving Marriotts Ridge its second wake-up call.
“We might not have been as serious as we should have at the beginning, but after that first goal, we realized that we needed to turn it on,” said Marriotts Ridge goalkeeper Rachel Ortell.
“The Collins girls are very good and I think we just underestimated the River Hill team,” she added.
Taylor Hensh scored back-to-back goals to swing the momentum in Marriotts Ridge’s favor. Some changes at the center position also helped.
“We weren’t coming up with the draw at the beginning,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Amanda Brady.
Unlike River Hill, which relies primarily on Jenna Collins to take the draw, Marriotts Ridge has options. The Mustangs started with Hensh, switched to Caroline Corbliss and then Marissa Davey. By the end of the game even junior Casey Summerson took a couple of draws.
“Each girl has her strength and that is really helpful when we are struggling to get the draw,” Brady said.
Davey was probably the most effective.
“Marissa did a heck of a job,” said Brady. “She was a momentum changer on the draw, I think. And not only that, she really handled the ball on the attacking side with her feeds and her shots and her ride. Her ride looked great and caused lots of (River Hill) turnovers.”
Davey finished the game with five goals and three assists. Hensh added six goals and three assists.
River Hill had no one who could answer that.
“We haven’t been on a field. By no means is that an excuse, but we need to pick up our fundamental game. It’s the simple things,” said River Hill coach Kelly Rabil.
Lack of draw control and turnovers hurt the Hawks.
“We have young and we have old, we just need to mesh,” Rabil said. “As we all do sometimes, we stare at the person with the ball and we want to watch.”
Marriotts Ridge was sharper in its passing and ball handling.
“One thing we really work on is our ball handling. It’s one thing that our team is very proud of,” Ortell said.
The Mustangs can also be proud of their defense which totally denied River Hill for 28 minutes in the middle of the game while Marriotts Ridge built a 19-2 lead.
“I’m just happy with the way our defense played, we really communicated well,” Ortell said. “We’ve been working on our slides in practice and it really showed.”
“We just them get to us,” Jenna Collins said. “They really pressured us. They outhustled us.”
Marriotts Ridge 19, River Hill 5
Goals: MR — Taylor Hensh 6, Marissa Davey 5, Jenna Kerr 3, Lexi Souder, Carly Miller, Alexis Zadjura, Emma Stukenberg, Annalise Lower. RH — Jenna Collins 3, Emily Hamburger, Katie Caddigan.
Assists: MR — Taylor Hensh 3, Marissa Davey 3, Lexi Souder 2, Katie Berdy, Emma Stukenberg, Olivia Geiger. RH — none.
Saves: MR — Rachel Ortell 9. RH — Annie Maloney 9.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 14-2.
Mt. Hebron 10, Glenelg 8
A young Mt. Hebron team had a difficult time shaking an also young Glenelg team Friday at Western Regional Park.
“We were neck and neck,” said Mt. Hebron coach Trish Derwart, whose team won, 10-8. “I thought we possessed the ball most of the first half but we were having difficulty finding the back of the net.”
Her team led, 6-5, at the half and increased its advantage to 8-5 before Glenelg started chipping into that lead.
Twice in the second half, Glenelg pulled to within a goal but could get no closer.
At crucial times, Mt. Hebron’s defense was able to force turnovers to nix Glenelg’s offense.
It was Chachi Kelehan’s 8-meter free position shot that gave Mt. Hebron a two-goal edge with 1:54 to play. Her’s was the final goal of the game
“Eight-meter shots are not my strong suit,” said Kelehan, who also scored from the field.
“Glenelg is one of our really, really tough games, so its good to come out and play strong as a team,” she added.
“This was a discovery game for us,” Derwart said. “Having the off season that we’ve had with such a young group, it was great that they came out with the confidence that they did. I think that this game was very telling of what their ambitions are. We’re not where we need to be by any means but I think that this was a good start a for us and it was nice to start with a good challenge like Glenelg.”
Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid was not disappointed in her team’s effort. “We’ve already had a lot of growth and we will see more,” she predicted.
The Gladiators have five freshmen on their team; Mt. Hebron graduated 11 seniors from last year’s squad.
Goals: MH — Jen Giles 4, Lauren Schaaf 3, Chachi Kelehan 2, Amanda Steinmuller. G — Stephanie Asher 3, Maisy Haney 2, Lindsay LeTellier, Sami Smit, Hannah Doughty.
Assists: MH — Jen Giles 2. G — Lindsay LeTellier, Stephanie Asher, Julia Salandra.
Saves: MH — Jen Schaaf 5. G — Megan Taylor 11.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 6-5.
Wilde Lake 17, Hammond 3
Goals: WL — Grayson Corbett 8, Julia Bohse 2, Nicole Sciabarra 2, Kate Glaros 2, Kate McHale, Anna Haase, Sarah Moore. Ha — Zoe Pekins 2, Brigid Mangan.
Assists: WL — Stephanie Lietzau. Ha — none
Saves: WL — Jenna Oler 11. Ha — Tina Asare 3.
Centennial 15, Oakland Mills 1
Goals: C — Martha Hutzell 2, Alicia Hsieh 2, Samantha Courtemanche 2, Grace Gavlin 2, Dani Wilson, Sammie Albornoz, Lauren Bracey, Kay Kelly, Ali Durkee, Emma Sams, Ashley Oliver. OM — Jordan Kerr.
Assists: C — Dani Wilson 3, Samantha Courtemanche 2, Megan Oliver 2. OM — Christina Devine.
Saves: C — Maddie Albornoz 3. OM — Ashley Ramirez 4.
Glenelg Country 15, Seton Keough 7
Long Reach at Atholton (not reported)
Howard at Reservoir (postponed to April 24)
Standings (as of March 28)
Marriotts Ridge, 2-0 county, 2-0 overall
Mt. Hebron, 2-0, 2-0
Wilde Lake, 1-0, 1-1
Glenelg, 3-1, 3-1
River Hill, 2-1, 2-1
Centennial, 2-1, 2-1
Reservoir, 1-1, 2-1
Atholton, 1-1, 1-1
Howard, 0-1, 0-2
Howard, 0-1, 0-2
Oakland Mills, 0-2, 1-2
Hammond, 0-3, 0-3
Long Reach, 0-3, 0-3
Glenelg Country, 2-2 IAAM B, 2-2
Chapelgate, 2-1 IAAM C, 4-1