Marriotts Ridge added to its perfect record Tuesday afternoon, playing its most complete game of the season against visiting Reservoir en route to an impressive 19-1 victory.
“Every game we pick two, three or four things that we know we need to focus on in practice and we rep them so we can execute them in a game like this, and it came together,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Amanda Brady, as her team improved to 8-0 on the year with the win. “That’s exactly what we asked of them in the beginning of this game is to play Marriotts Ridge lacrosse and to play it well. And to play a full 50 minutes, and I think we finally executed exactly what we’ve been asking in the past couple games, so it was nice to see.”
The Gators (3-4) played defense for the majority of the game, and despite the 19 goals given up, played solid defense throughout with a good showing from junior goalie Elizabeth Hyde (10 saves). But the Mustangs did an excellent job of winning back the ball after a turnover, giving them extra possessions on offense.
“Definitely on the re-defend – we’ve really been focusing on that next pass and focusing where that next pass is going,” Brady explained.
Annalise Lower started the Mustangs day straight off the opening draw, finishing on the first goal of the game about five seconds in. Reservoir had trouble stopping Marriotts Ridge in transition throughout the contest, as the Mustangs quickly turned a Gators turnover into a quick score the other way several times, which allowed them to control the tempo throughout the matchup.
“One of our biggest focuses at practice the other day was coming up with the caused turnovers in the eight-meter – and cleanly,” Brady said. “We have seen some of the games that we’ve been playing, bobbled passes, our bobbled ground balls, bobbled draw-controls, and so we’ve really been honing in and making sure we come up with them clean. We sprint out, eyes are up and we’re ready to move forward. So our transition game has always been a strength of ours… it’s just focusing more in the little things, especially in the part of the season where it’s like that middle of the road thing and you’re kind of building up to get to the end and be at your best point.”
Marriotts Ridge went up 10-0 before Reservoir’s Michelle Armstrong netted the Gators lone goal of the contest. The talented junior midfielder worked her way through the fan and placed her shot past Mustangs goalie Olivia Ranta, cutting the deficit 10-1 at the half.
“We played solid defense despite the score and had a strong game from our goalie Elizabeth Hyde,” said Gators coach P.J Harrison. “We need to work on our midfield transition in order to be able to capitalize when we create a turnover.”
Caroline Blalock scored the first two goals of the second half, claiming an unassisted score in the opening minutes, and then finishing a feed from Lower a few minutes later, which started a 9-0 run to end the game.
The Mustangs out-shot the Gators 28-5, with nine different players tallying at least one score, while as a team, recording nine assists on the day.
“We’ve been trying to focus more every practice (and) before every game,” said Marriotts Ridge senior defender Leah Zadjura. “We’re just trying to work as a team better, on and off the field, pumping each other up and hustling…Our shooting percentage was a lot better and our caused turnovers we much higher today.”
Lower led the team with four goals and two assists, with Blalock following with three goals and one assist, while Lily Kennedy totaled two goals and two assists in the game. Ranta made two saves in the first half of action, while junior goalie Taylor Huston finished with one save in the following 25 minutes.
“Reservoir is a good team. They’ve been very successful this season and definitely have had this turnaround about being hungry… (they have a) good quality defense. Their defense was great,” added Brady. “We were able to get our focus on us, and control what we can control, which was the tempo of the game for us, so that was nice to see.”
The Gators and Mustangs are both on the road Thursday, as Reservoir takes on Long Reach and Marriotts Ridge faces Atholton.
The Mustangs begin a tough stretch to end the season, as their final games include, Howard, Annapolis, McDonogh, Glenelg and Mt. Hebron.
“Our last week is probably our toughest week, which we want to be our strongest for,” Zadjura said. “We’re focusing on things we’re struggling with every game, which is just building up to where we want to be come playoffs.”
Marriotts Ridge (8-0) 19, Reservoir (3-4) 1 (Tuesday, April 19)
Goals: MR – Lower 4, C. Blalock 3, Souder 2, Kennedy 2, S. Blalock 2, Thompson 2, Miller 1, Hensh 1, Cooke 1, Ohmnacht 1; Re – Armstrong 1.
Assists: MR – Kennedy 2, Lower 2, S. Blalock 2, Miller 1, C. Blalock 1, Sullivan 1.
Saves: MR – Ranta 2, Huston 1; Re – Hyde 10.
Halftime: 10-1 MR.
Howard (7-3) 13, Severna Park (8-1) 10 (Tuesday, April 19)
The Lions headed into their outing against the Falcons touting a five-game winning streak and after Tuesday night’s game, extended its streak to six games, while handing visiting Severna Park its first loss of the season.
The Falcons previously defeated Mt. Hebron and Glenelg earlier in the season, 15-12, and 9-8 in overtime, respectively.
Howard trailed 8-6 at the break, but churned out a spectacular second-half performance to earn the come-from-behind win.
Senior midfielder Katie Schluederberg led all scorers with five goals, followed by junior midfielder Jenny Kinsey who tallied four goals and one assist on the day. Senior midfielder Grace Regal recorded two goals and one assist, while senior midfielder Ella Orzechowski registered one goal and a team-high three assists in the win. Junior goalie Sam Sagi finished with eight saves.
Eva Kalus, Laura Milleker and Sarah Elms each scored three goals for the Falcons, as they dropped to 8-1 on the year.
The Lions have some time off before taking on maybe their toughest opponent yet in undefeated Marriotts Ridge Monday, April 25. The game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start.
Goals: Ho – Schluederberg 5, Kinsey 4, Regal 2, Orzechowski 1, Tsao 1, Wells 1; SP- Kalus 3, Milleker 3, Elms 3, Stein 1.
Assists: Ho – Orzechowski 3, Tsao 1, Vetter 1, Kinsey 1, Regal 1; SP – Milleker 1.
Saves: Ho – Sagi 8
Halftime: 8-6 Severna Park.
Mt. Hebron (7-2) 11, South River (3-6) 7 (Tuesday, April 19)
The Vikings collected their fourth straight victory Tuesday, while handing the visiting Seahawks their third consecutive loss against a Howard County opponent. South River also lost its previous matchups against Howard and Marriotts Ridge.
Mt. Hebron, coming off an exciting come-from-behind overtime victory against rival Glenelg, continued its impressive play against the Seahawks. Senior midfielder Sorana Larson added another four-goal outing Tuesday, leading the team with eight goals in the last two contests. Junior attacker Lexi Arens and sophomore midfielder Erin Demek followed with two goals each, respectively, while Arens also added three assists on the day. Junior Jen Schaaf had a huge day, picking up 16 saves off 22 Seahawks shots.
Caitlin Blanche scored four goals and assisted on another for South River, while Jordan Kahler recorded 13 saves against 23 Mt. Hebron shots.
The Vikings are on the road Thursday as they take on River Hill for a 5:30 p.m. matchup.
Goals: MH – Larson 4, Arens 2, Demek 2, Kelly 1, Pallozzi 1, Stevens 1; SR – Blanche 4, Simmers 1, Bresnahan 1, King 1.
Assists: MH – Arens 3, Benson 1, Ryan 1; SR – Blanche 1, Simmers 1.
Saves: MH – Schaaf 16; SR – Kahler 13.
Halftime: 4-1 MH.
Wilde Lake (4-2) 10, Meade (4-3) 8 (Tuesday, April 19)
The Wildecats won their second straight game Tuesday, defeating the hosting Mustangs by two.
Junior midfielder Tess Kostelec had the most prolific day for Wilde Lake, totaling four goals and one assist in the win, while Kate Aubin and Kate Glaros followed with two goals apiece, with Aubin also adding an assist on the day. Sarah Moore chipped in with one goal and one assist, while Julia Bohse added one goal and Amanda Daugherty tallied one assist. Jenna Oler continued her impressive year in net, picking up 16 saves while facing 24 shots against.
Jessica Oh had three goals and two assists and Kristi King scored twice and assisted on another for Meade.
Wilde Lake will try and extend its winning streak to three games, as it takes on Centennial Thursday. The game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the Eagles home turf.
Goals: WL – Kostelec 4, Aubin 2, Glaros 2, Moore 1, Bohse 1; M – Oh 3, King 2, Hiatt 1, Noriega 1, Flynn 1.
Assists: WL – Kostelec 1, Aubin 1, Moore 1, Daugherty 1; M – Oh 2, King 1, Hiatt 1.
Saves: WL – Oler 16
Halftime: 6-4 WL.
Centennial (3-5) 18, Long Reach (0-6) 4 (Tuesday, April 19)
The Eagles ended their four-game losing skid Tuesday, handily defeating the visiting Lightning by a 14-point margin.
Senior midfielder Devin McIntyre led the team offensively, totaling six goals and one assist in the win. McIntyre has recorded 12 goals in the past three games for the Eagles. Claudia Pilcher followed with three goals, while Samantha Courtemanche added one goal and a team-high three assists on the day.
Erin O’Reilly, Jackie Reed, Lydia Menara and Collen Dudley all tallied a goal for Long Reach, while Dudley also added an assist in the outing.
In net, Jenna Dietrich recorded one save, while Vanessa Fillers turned away five shots.
Both teams are home Thursday, with Centennial hosting Wilde Lake and the Lightning taking on Reservoir. Both games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Goals: C – McIntyre 6, Pilcher 3, Ahearn 1, Chausse 1, Courtemanche 1, Durkee 1, Fairley 1, Griffin 1, Lagera 1, Oliver 1, Wikner 1; LR – O’Reilly 1, Reed 1, Menara 1, Dudley 1.
Assists: C – Courtemanche 3, Durkee 3, Chausse 2, Conley 2, McIntyre 1; LR – Dudley 1.
Saves: C – Dietrich 1; LR – Fillers 5.
Halftime: 12-3 Centennial
North County (4-4) 16, Oakland Mills (1-5) 1 (Tuesday, April 16)
Coming off their first win of the season, the Scorpions got back on the field 24 hours later to face the Knights.
Kaitlyn Lyons scored three goals and one assist to lead North County, while Jessica Schneck added two goals and one assist on the day.
Junior attacker Bri Arnovits netted Oakland Mills’ lone goal, while freshman Alex Sellman recorded eight saves in the outing.
After playing back-to-back games, the Scorpions have six days off until their next matchup, which comes at home against Hammond on Monday, April 25. The game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start.
Goals: NC – Lyons 3, Schneck 2, Zimmerman 2, Hewes 1, Mahoney 1, White 1, Myers 1, McCain 1, FLyod 1, McNerney 1; OM – Arnovits.
Assists: NC – Noyola 3, Schneck 1, Hewes 1, Mahoney 1.
Saves: NC – McMullen 4, Manning 4; OM – Sellman 8.
Halftime: 10-1 NC.