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Carroll Varsity Roundup: Kropinski, Knights get by Gerstell in OT thriller

Century junior midfielder Brett Kropinksi chats with us post-game.

Brett Kropinski took a pass from one of his Century teammates and carefully timed his crash point. Two Gerstell defenders tried to keep him at bay, but the junior midfielder would have none of it.

Kropinski fired a shot past the Falcons' goalie with just over a minute into the overtime period and was immediately swarmed by his teammates in a corner of the field. Tensions ran high on the turf at Gerstell on Tuesday, but the Knights prevailed in a 12-11 victory.

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Jalen Stanton, a junior, scored four of the Knights' five goals that left Gerstell scoreless at the end of the first quarter. The Falcons pushed back with help from Mike Ippolito (four goals, two assists) and Seth Higgins (three goals, six assists).

The Falcons led 8-7 with 3:50 remaining in the third quarter when a brawl on the field ensued that resulted in two player ejections for both teams. Century and Gerstell went goal-for-goal in the final quarter and were tied 11-11 with 5:25 left.

Kropinski netted a goal with one-tenth of a second on the clock to send the game into overtime.

"Especially with us not having much time, being able to get that shot off and only having five seconds to be able to get that, that's a next-level move," Knights coach Jeremy Benson said. "He's new at middie so that was a very impressive goal."

Marriotts Ridge 16, South Hagerstown 1

Recap: At Marriottsville, Dylan O'Neill scored the lone goal for the Cavaliers (0-1). O'Neill's goal was assisted by Noah Homayouni. Grayson Rouchard and Jake Janusz combined for nine saves in goal.

Girls Lacrosse

Century 16, Gerstell 11

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Recap: At Finksburg, Christina Haspert and Demma Hall scored five goals apiece for the Knights (2-0). Haspert added three assists and senior goalie Lisi Hurst made three saves in goal.

Jillian Wilson notched four goals and an assist for Gerstell (0-3).

Manchester Valley 20, Harford Tech 5

Recap: Lauren Cremen helped lead the Mavericks with three goals and four assists. Tayler Warehime notched five goals and an assist and Becca Wade made seven saves in goal for the Mavs (2-0).

South Carroll 20, South Hagerstown 2

Recap: At Hagerstown, the Cavaliers improved to 2-0 behind three goals from Mia MacKenzie and three assists from Abbey Behn. Julian Weiss made four saves, and SC led 12-1 at the half.

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Westminster 15, Kent Island 14

Recap: At Stevensville, Hannah Dintino and Chloe Sedlar scored two goals and had two assists apiece for the Owls (2-0). Madi Macera added six goals and Sara Tyssowksi made six saves in the net.

Winters Mill 18, Wilde Lake 0

Recap: At Columbia, Anna Diffendal, Sarah Rhoads and Sophia Barnes each scored three goals for the Falcons (2-0). Megan Thomas had a team-high five assists and also notched a goal.

Boys Tennis

Liberty 5, Winters Mill 0

Recap: At Westminster, Steven Goetz and Alex Whiteman each won their singles matches in straight sets for the Lions.

Man Valley 5, Thomas Johnson 0

Recap: At Frederick, Matthew Fairchild and Chase Estes each won in straight sets at singles for MV.

Girls Tennis

Liberty 4, Winters Mill 1

Recap: At Westminster, Kendall Hardesty and Allie Woodward won 6-0 6-0 at No. 2 doubles for Liberty. WM's Heather Fettke Von Koeckritz took her No. 1 singles match.

Man Valley 5, Thomas Johnson 0

Recap: At Frederick, Ellie Johnson and Madi Collins swept the singles matches for the Mavericks (1-1).



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