Undefeated Glenelg field hockey eyes third straight state title

Glenelg clinched the county championship last week as it ended the season 11-0 in county play. With their fifth consecutive county crown, the Gladiators have remained unbeaten in 69 games, having won the last 68 regular season county games (the one before that was a tie with Mt.Hebron in 2006).

The Gladiators have a bye in the first two rounds of playoffs, and with no District V game this year, they are without a contest for nearly two weeks.

Ranked as the top seed in the 2A East Region there are potentially four games left for the Gladiators, each one bringing another team hoping to knock off the two-time defending state champions.

Atholton is also trying to make its way to a state title game. The Raiders are ranked No. 1 in the 3A East Region. Finishing the season 10-1 in county, they are entering the post-season with the best record in school history.

Glenelg Country falls to McDonogh

Glenelg Country School ended its regular season with a 4-1 loss to McDonogh Tuesday afternoon. The second half proved to be the Dragons demise as they allowed three unanswered goals.

"This was a team who is a conference above us. Even though we lost, it was a good game for us," coach Jessica McAdams said. "We were able to hold them to 1-1 at half -time. It was a good challenge for us going into playoffs."

From the moment the game started, McDonogh had more momentum than Glenelg. The Eagles put themselves on the board 13 minutes in with a straight shot on goal. McDonogh held an 8-0 advantage in penalty corners in the first half.

Even though the Dragons didn't have a ton of opportunities, they were able to take advantage of a fast break. A beautiful passing sequence led to a cross by Tessa More. Nicole Rieu was able to finish it as she touched it right around the keeper, Hannah Gizzi (two saves), to even the score.

It did not stay even.

The Eagles struck early in the second half tallying goals three and five minutes in. Their last goal came with 17 minutes left to play.

Although it is a loss in the books, the Dragons were happy with the experience and pleased with their performance leading into playoffs.

"It was tough dealing with all the injuries and limited subs but we persevered and did our best," Rieu said. "I feel that our team this year played for the love of it. We all loved each other and really enjoyed it."

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