The Patterson Mill lacrosse program celebrated a pair of Class 1A East region championships Wednesday night in Havre de Grace.
The girls opened play with an 16-4 win over Kent County, while the boys followed with an 15-8 victory over Cambridge-South Dorchester.
Both games were played on the turf of James R. Harris Stadium, which is also the site for this weekend’s 1A state semfinals. Both Patterson Mill teams will face McDonough teams on Saturday. The girls will play at 10 a.m. and the boys will follow at noon.
In the girls win, the Huskies (10-4) found themselves in a 3-0 hole just 2:20 into the game. The Trojans dominated the draw early and made the most of it. Haley Williams scored twice and Caroline MacLeod once for the 3-0 lead.
“I think we just, were a little asleep to begin with, we didn’t start out playing our game. It took us a little while to get our groove on, but then once we found it, we kind of took it away,” Huskies coach Kim Burgasser said.
That groove started with Bethany Bruck scoring a free position goal with 17:53 to play in the half.
Bruck’s goal started a string of eight unanswered goals by the Huskies, who were stymied early by the play of Kent County goalie Alison Rameika.
Rameika turned away a couple of point blank shots as well as a pair of free positon shots to keep her team close.
The Huskies, though, were able to break through. Kaley Thompson’s first goal came a minute after the Bruck goal. Katelyn Springer’s goal, some four minutes later, tied the score and it was another Thompson goal that pushed the Huskies ahead for the first time and for good.
“It’s really awesome, it’s a great opportunity for us, we generally don’t get this far in playoffs and with the change from 1A to 2A it really gave us that opportunity and that confidence boost that we coud really do it this year,” Thompson said.
This is the first year that the state has all four classifications for girls and boys lacrosse.
Sydney Beck and Elise Alders, from Beck, followed the Thompson goal with goals to extend the lead to 6-3 with 8:22 left.
Thompson, who also had three assists, closed the half with two goals, 18 seconds apart, in the final 30 seconds.
It was Thompson’s fifth and final goal that opened the second half and it gave the senior a monumental mark, her 200th career goal. “It was an awesome, just personal goal for me, it just kept me pumping, providing so much to the team and just really helping, always staying a threat and making sure our offensive players had that confidence, too,” Thompson said. “Just always being a part of the offense. It was really an awesome chance and achievement for me and I hope all of our girls are striving for something just as big as that.”
Coach Burgasser was impressed with Thompson’s milestone. “That’s pretty incredible, it’s pretty incredible, she’s a great player,” Burgasser said. “She is definitely something special.”
Williams scored the final Kent County goal a short time later, before Patterson Mill closed the game on an seven-goal run.
Springer and Beck scored two each in the run and both finished with three goals each.
The other three goals were scored by Anna Salerno, Olivia Beil and freshman Mikaela Truong.
Kent County goalie Rameika finished with 16 saves. Patterson Mill keeper Faith Treptow made six saves.
Tallon leads boys win
Unlike the girls, the Patterson Mill boys (12-6) jumped ahead from the start and settled in for the school’s fifth region title and first since 2013.
“We thought after battling in 1A-2A for the last few years that we could be one of the top four teams in the 1A,” Huskies coach Jason Bellamy said. “The kids worked really hard and believed in the message that we preached all season at them and worked real hard.”
Junior Connor Madsen opened the scoring just :57 into the game. It was his only goal.
Kevin Dyke and Blake Tallon scored two each to close out the first period with the Huskies leading 5-0.
Defender Jakob Lowery, one of three seniors on the team, had a takeaway late in the first period to keep Cambridge off the scoreboard.
“I think it’s huge, it’s our first regional championship in our class,” Lowery said of the win. “Coach always talks about how we haven’t made it since four years, I think the last graduating class to make it to the state championship was 2014, I think, so it’s really big for us.”
Denied in the first quarter, Cambridge scored its first and only first half goal in a man up situation early in quarter two. Brice Bramwell did the honors.
The Huskies responded with six goals. Dyke opened the scoring, followed by Matt Gallagher’s lone goal, assisted by Tallon.
Chance Urban also scored his only goal with a Madsen assist and Tallon scored two straight. The first assisted by Nick Repke, who scored final goal of the half with an assist from Zach Haskell.
The halftime lead was 10, 11-1. Goals from Dyke and Tallon a minute apart in the third quarter initiated the running clock. The Huskies scored no more in the quarter, while Cambridge scored three.
Richard Donaldson scored one and Dajawan Jackson added two.
The Vikings also outscored the Huskies, 4-2, in the final quarter as Bellamy emptied his bench. “I thought our starters came out and played really well, they were clean, they were crisp, they got some goals on the board and played good defense,” Bellamy said. “It gives us opportunity to give some other guys playing time and get some guys off the field and make sure we didn’t get injured.”
Repke and Haskell scored the final Patterson Mill goals.
Shain Greene scored twice for the Vikings. Dylan Doll and Zachary Lewis added a goal each.
Patterson MIll had three goalies see action. Justin Strawderman made six saves, while Ryan Jeon and Preston Weinberg made a save each.
Cambridge played two goalies. Devin Doll had five saves and Sam Coleman had two.