MIDDLETOWN — South Carroll’s girls lacrosse team has always known what they’ve been capable of accomplishing, but completing the task just makes it surreal.
Such was the case at Middletown on Wednesday when the Cavaliers used a stout defensive effort to hold off the Knights 8-2 to capture the Class 2A West title, their first regional championship since 1993.
The victory was also the Cavaliers’ sixth straight.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Cavs senior attacker Riley Evans said. “Going from being county champs last year to now, it’s kind of the same type of feeling knowing we’re winning a championship. It’s even more exciting knowing we’re going farther than we did last year.”
The Cavaliers saw their season come to an end much earlier than they would have liked last year, when Century eliminated the Cavs in a sectional semifinal. SC was prepared to redeem itself and they did so by eliminating Century and Winters Mill prior to advancing to the regional final.
Evans and fellow senior Abbey Behn paced the Cavs on offense — the duo combined for eight points with four goals and four assists. Paige Abbott added two goals for the Cavs (14-1).
Junior Julia Weiss made eight saves in goal.
“I like to call this team the ‘Dream Team’ because it’s the seniors and all of us, we’ve been playing together for so long and it’s nice to have them always backing me up,” Weiss said. “I can rely on them and if I make a good save and transition it, I can count on the offense to come up with big plays.”
Cavs coach Brigid Scanlon added that there’s a lot of trust on this team, more trust now than ever as compared to the start of the year.
“I think that them relying on Julia relying on everyone to step up and pinch in and do all the little things definitely works well together,” Scanlon said.
South Carroll led 3-1 with seven minutes, 24 seconds left in the first quarter before Middletown’s Isabella Ewine found Brynn Hoffman for a goal with 14 seconds remaining in the first half.
It was all South Carroll in the second half, and the Cavaliers scored five straight to keep their lead. Evans scored twice more in the second half, including a free-position tally with 2:02 left that helped seal the victory.
Middletown goalie Brigette Remsburg made nine saves.
“Our defense definitely stepped it up today by only letting in two goals,” Behn said. “I know sometimes if the other team gets an eight-meter or something, it’s easy to hang your head or get nervous but Julia’s back there and I don’t think any of us do that because we know we’re going to get the ball right back if something did happen. She’s there to stop the next one.”
The Cavaliers will face Queen Anne’s in the 2A state semifinals at Northeast High School on Friday or Saturday.
Goals: SC-Riley Evans 4, Shannon Finch, Paige Abbott 2, Jenna McDermott; M-Alyssa Daley, Brynn Hoffman.
Assists: SC-Abbey Behn 4; M-Isabella Ewine.
Saves: SC-8 (Julia Weiss); M-9 (Brigette Remsburg).
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Halftime: SC, 3-2.