The Bel Air Bobcats won a thrilling girls lacrosse battle Monday night, beating visiting Episcopal Academy of Newtown Square, Pa., 11-10.
Down 8-7 at the half, Bel Air (2-0) refocused and used a stellar goalkeeping effort from senior Molly Loughlin to catapult them into a come-from-behind victory over the reigning PAISAA state champions.
Loughlin finished with 12 saves, including a critical interception late in the game. The Bobcats had a balanced attack, getting two goals each from senior Anna Farley and juniors Julia Henry and Elizabeth Hillman.
Hillman dominated the draw circle with eight draw controls, while Grace Wehland pulled in three critical draw controls. Junior midfielder Lauren Asher had a tremendous defensive night with four ground balls and two forced turnovers.
Also scoring were Lexi Strobel, Asher, Caroline Fallace, Wehland and Anna McQuay. Assists were credtited to Henry (2); Fallace (2); Farley, Strobel and Kami Holt.
Fallston is 3-0 after its 13-11 victory over visiting Towson on Monday.
Jesse Brennan (one assist) and Kelly Emge highlighted the Cougarts scoring with three goals each and Zoe Hurlburt added two goals. Anna Dennison chipped in with three assists and goalie Lexi Roberts made seven saves.
Two five-goal runs Friday evening led the John Carroll girls lacrosse team to a 13-6 win over host C. Milton Wright.
"Getting a win is great, this feeling is very nice, it's never fun to lose," Patriots coach Abby Swift said.
The Patriots, now 1-2, fell behind 1-0 before putting five straight into the net. Molly Lynch (three goals) and Charlotte Haggerty (two goals) took care of the scoring.
Taylor Marchetti had given CMW (0-1) the 1-0 lead with assist from Maggie Roscko nearly eight minutes into the game.
Jordan Landsman ended the John Carroll run with her first of three goals and Moriah Snyder followed with a goal to pull the Mustangs to within two, 5-3.
John Carroll senior Abby Hormes, however, took over in an 29-second span. Hormes took the ensuing draw and put a shot past CMW keeper Ana DiPeso.
Hormes then had the shot of the game, pushing a back-hand, under-hand shot into the net for a 7-3 lead. "I kind of caught it at an off angle on my right hand, so the only thing I could think to do, was to turn and shovel it back the other way," Hormes said. "And it went through her (DiPeso) legs, I was pretty happy about it."
John Carroll took the 7-3 lead into the half, but CMW came out of the break outscoring the Patriots, 3-1. That pulled the Mustangs back to within two, 8-6, but the Patriots had the answer.
The second five-goal run was unanswered, sending the Patriots into the win column.
Hormes (one assist) finished with a game-high four goals for John Carroll. Haggerty finished with three goals, while Rielly Cisar had two goals and an assist. Bryn Fitzkee also scored for the Patriots.
Snyder finished with two goals and an assist for the Mustangs. CMW goalie DiPeso recorded 14 saves. Patriots keeper Emily Sterling had four saves.
"It's hard to come out against a talented team like John Carroll," Mustangs coach Jaclyn Parker said. "I think that we definitely have a lot of work in being able to put a whole game together."
Aberdeen (1-0) won its opener, 12-11, Friday over visiting Glen Burnie.
Cougars are 2-0
The Fallston Cougars girls lacrosse team improved to 2-0 Thursday, hosting and beating Churchill, 17-11.
The Cougars were led by Jesse Brennan's five goals and one assist and Zoe Hurlburt's three goals and two assists.
Huskies beat Warriors
Patterson Mill also improved to 2-0 Thursday, beating visiting Havre de Grace, 17-4.
Bethany Bruck and Katelyn Springer led the Huskies scoring with four goals each. Kaley Thompson and Elise Alders added three goals each, while Ali Chenworth, Kate Lamberti and Olivia Beil added a goal apiece.
Beil also had three assists, while single assists were credited to Thompson, Sydney Beck and Bruck.
Ashley Burkhardt led the Havre de Gace (0-2) efforts with two goals and two assists.
Rachel Wilson and Victoria Nelson added a goal each. Warriors goalie Andrea Cubberley finished with 13 saves.
Cobras blank Indians
Harford Tech is 2-0 as well, shutting out visiting North East, 17-0.
Leading the Cobras' scoring, Bethany Bishop found the net five times and Cassidy Poole scored three goals. Jamie Gorham added three assists, as did Bishop and Poole.
Mackenzie Gallery had a team-high five ground balls and Katie Letts had three.
Tech goalie Tori Grubowski made six saves.
Hawks beat Rams
Not to be left out, North Harford is also 2-0 after beating visiting Edgewood, 14-2.
Brenna Duley led the Hawks with five goals and Casey Diventi added three goals. Rachel Ator also had multiple goals with two.
Adding single goals were Molly Zardus, Caroline King, Maddy Boyko and Hunter Meiz.
Anna Racine, Kirsten Gryzbowski and Meiz added an assist each.
In the Hawks' goal, Maddie Gress made three saves and Kaleigh Sasdelli made one.