Broadneck's No. 10 girls lacrosse team didn't need much time to assert its dominance in Wednesday night's Class 4A-3A state championship at UMBC.
After five minutes of back-and-forth play, the Bruins reeled off 12 straight goals and ran away with their first title in 11 years, 21-5 over previously-undefeated Sherwood, the first Montgomery County girls team to reach the title game.
Ellie McNulty scored four goals and Aislinn Probst added three, all in the 12-goal run. By the time Zoe Ernest's free-position goal gave the Bruins a 13-3 lead and kicked in the running clock for good with 6 minutes, 08 seconds left in the first half, coach Karen Tengwall already had subbed for her starting attackers.
Every senior on the team scored, except goalie Natalee Easthom, as Broadneck set a state Class 4A record for most goals scored in a championship game and every Bruin played.
"When you can do something like that in a state championship," Tengwall said of using her entire bench, "I think that speaks volumes about the leadership and seniority that you have on the team. It really opens doors for the younger girls and a lot of the younger girls scored goals and executed and did exactly what we needed them to do."
For the Bruins (18-3), the title capped a stellar postseason that started with winning perhaps the toughest region in the state. Not only did they have to get past two-time defending champion Severna Park and undefeated Leonardtown, but the Bruins had to beat South River, which had already defeated them twice — 10-9 in the regular-season opener and 12-9 in the Anne Arundel County championship.
After avenging those losses to their archrival, 14-13, the Bruins were sure there would be no let down once they got to states.
"We worked way too hard getting out of [the region] and we weren't going to let it slip away from us now," said Probst, who is Navy-bound.
Wednesday night the Warriors (16-1) scored first when Natalie Sebeck fed Taylor Polhemus just mover a minute into the game. After the teams traded goals, Becky Meyer fed McNulty and Probst added a goal on a great individual effort to give the Bruins the lead for good at 3-2 with 18:59 left in the half.
After that, Bruins coach Karen Tengwall switched Probst off the draw and had Natalie Hendricks handle it. The Bruins won nine of the next 14 draws and that helped them roll up the goals.
"We have a lot of weapons on the team," Probst said. "The great thing about our team is that scouting the game, any different game a different girl will be having her great game. There's so many different [scorers] on our team and you can't shut seven people down on offense. That's why we're so successful."
The Warriors had hoped to use draw control to maintain possession and hold down the Bruins quick strike offense, but the Bruins won 17 of 27 draws and outshot the Warriors, 28-15.
"We're used to winning the draws, so having that taken from us every single time was really hard," Sherwood coach Kelly Hughes said. "We do really well with possession and we didn't have possession. Every game we say, 'Possession is key,' and when you can't get it back from a team like that, you're done."
The Warriors were disappointed in the loss, but upbeat about getting to the state final.
"We're all pretty much in good spirits after the game," Warriors senior Maddie Doan said. "We still made history just by getting here. Of course, we wish it could have been a little closer… but it was so exciting to be able to play. All those girls are so talented, so every little thing that we did do right we can pat ourselves on the back for"
It was the third state title for the Bruins and Tengwall. They won in 2002 and 2003. It was the 18th title by an Anne Arundel County girls team — all in Class 4A-3A.
Goals: B—McNulty 4, Probst 3, Hendricks 2, Earnest 2, Meyer, Koolage, Lupinek, Ruzzi, Ma.Cassidy, Koontz, A.Smith, D.Smith, Murnane, Meeks; S—Polhemus 2, Lauda, Kenul, Doan. Assists: B—Koolage 2, Meyer, Earnest; S—Sebeck. Saves: B—Easthom 4; S—Langbein 5, Knipe 0. Half: B, 15-3.