Weathering a second-half push from host Centennial on its Senior Night, Mt. Hebron girls lacrosse got itself the result it had been waiting for on Wednesday evening.
After watching its once seven-goal lead trimmed to three midway through the second half, Mt. Hebron called a timeout and regrouped with a 6-1 run of its own over a 14-minute stretch to create the separation it needed to earn a 17-11 victory over the Eagles. It was the first win of the season for the Vikings, which had lost against Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg to open the year.
“Today definitely boosts our spirits and gives us confidence for the rest of the season. We talked a lot at practice yesterday about focusing on what’s in front of us and not those previous losses, so this win really helps a lot with that,” said Mt. Hebron senior Ashley Unkenholz, who scored a game-high five goals to go along with an assist. “We know what we are capable of now.”
In addition to Unkenholz, the Vikings also got big offensive games from Michelle Pak and Jessie Barke, who both scored three goals and had two assists. Audrey Harrington and Peyton Sims also chipped in for Mt. Hebron (1-2) with two goals apiece.
For Centennial (1-2), Louisa Lagera and Alaina Kelly led the offense with three and two goals, respectively, and two assists apiece. Goalie Ava Welsh led the Eagles’ defense with 23 saves.
In the end, Mt. Hebron was just too tough on the draw thanks to Haley Kampert and managed to steady the ship before Centennial could completely grab the momentum in the second half.
“It wasn’t perfect today. I think they all realize that they have more in them that they can give, but this is a group that is still meshing as a team. So getting a win is important no matter how it comes,” Mt. Hebron coach Sam Brookhart said. “I was definitely proud of how we answered out of our timeout in the second half. ... We really pulled ourselves together there. Definitely some things we have to work on, but also some good things we can take away.”
For Brookhart, it was her first varsity win as head coach.
On the other side, Centennial coach Ellen Johnson said she saw flashes from her team but there were just a few too many lapses that Mt. Hebron was able to take advantage of.
“We focus on execution and decision making, and we had moments where that was great. Then we had moments today where that fell short,” Johnson said. “It’s frustrating for us because I know their potential and we have been working a lot on being mentally tough. The girls played hard, they worked until the end. But we are still figuring out that component of how to play a complete game and keep that poise.”
Mt. Hebron jumped out to an early 7-2 advantage and still led by five at the half by a score of 9-4. That lead grew to seven goals, 11-4, following a goal by Barke just over four minutes after halftime.
But that’s when Centennial regrouped, finding life on an extended man-up opportunity. In a span of under four minutes, Lagera scored three times and Cudzilo added another to bring the Eagles all the way back to within three and force the Vikings to call timeout.
Just as things seemed to be slipping away, however, Mt. Hebron got back to doing the things it did in the early stages of the contest. Unkenholz scored to stop the run with 14:24 left in the second half, and then after Lagera cut the lead to three again, the Vikings proceeded to rattle off five scores in a row.
“It really came down to decision making I thought,” Unkenholz said. “In the timeout, we just said ‘OK, settle down. We still are up and there is no need to force the ball.’ We started doing a better job taking our time, moving it around and not settling for quick shots.”
Centennial added two scores in the final 30 seconds, but by then the outcome was well in hand.
Mt. Hebron is back in action on Friday at home against Howard, while Centennial will travel to face Marriotts Ridge.
Mt. Hebron 17, Centennial 11
Goals: MH — A. Unkenholz 5, J. Barke 3, M. Pak 3, A. Harrington 2, P. Sims 2, C. Mullaney 1, O. Hoover 1; C — L. Lagera 4, A. Cudzilo 3, A. Kelly 2, C. Pilcher 2.
Assists: MH — Barke 2, Pak 2, Harrington, Mullaney, Unkenholz; C — Lagera 2, Cudzilo 2, Kelly 2,
Saves: MH — Skyla Lloyd 15; C — Ava Welsh 23.
Halftime: 9-4 MH.
OTHER GIRLS LACROSSE SCORES:
Atholton 14, Oakland Mills 2
Kendall Dean and Molly Flynn both scored four goals in the Raiders’ triumph. Hannah McGrath also led the Atholton (2-0) offense with three goals and six assists. Kaity Browne and Sara Novak both scored for Oakland Mills (1-2).
Goals: A — Kendall Dean 4, Molly Flynn 4, Hannah McGrath 3, Taylor McManus, Makayla Gravely-Smith, Christina Min; OM — Kaity Browne, Sara Novak.
Assists: A — McGrath 6, Layna Meyerpeter, Gravely-Smith 1; OM — Yasmine Megdiche.
Saves: A — Kyleigh Eaton 2, Autumn Wenstrom 4; OM — N/A.
Halftime: 10-2, A.
Glenelg 18, Howard 4
The Gladiators won in convincing fashion for the third straight game to start the 2021 campaign. Caitlyn Baehr led Glenelg (3-0) with six goals, and seven other Gladiators also scored in the blowout win. Emma Kennedy registered a hat trick, while Isa Torres, Maura Murphy and Lauren LaPointe all scored two goals. Reese Allnutt directed the Gladiators’ offense and tallied four assists.
Goals: G — Caitlyn Baehr 6, Emma Kennedy 3, Isa Torres 2, Maura Murphy 2, Lauren LaPointe 2, Reese Allnutt, Sarah Johnson, Kamryn Henson; Ho — N/A.
Assists: G — Allnutt 4, Maddie Key, Molly Sloan, Chloe Birkhead, Emily Renehan; Ho — N/A.
Saves: G — Jocy Torres 7; Ho — N/A.
Long Reach at Hammond (PPD to May 17)
Marriotts Ridge at River Hill (PPD)
Reservoir at Wilde Lake (PPD)
Glenelg 12, Howard 6
The Gladiators improved to 3-0 with the convincing win over the Lions. Glenelg outscored the Lions 8-3 in the second half after a competitive first two quarters. Colin Buch and Evan Whatley led the Lions with three goals apiece. Howard (1-2) was led by Braden Zehring and Max Bruno, who both scored two goals. Logan Boone tallied 14 saves in the loss.
Goals: G — Colin Buch 3, Evan Whatley 3, Kevin Doughty 2, Rocco Buscher, Jon Nagle, Nick Dalton, Wyatt Haney; Ho — Braden Zehring 2, Max Bruno 2, Nathan Boone, Gavin Smith.
Assists: G — Whatley 2, Doughty 2, Buch, Buscher, Dalton, Jacob Szczepanski N/A; Ho — Zehring 2.
Saves: G — Charlie Wendel 3, Stephen Desantis 4; Ho — N/A.
Halftime: 4-3, G.
Mt. Hebron 13, Centennial 8
After one half of play, it looked like the Vikings were going to fall to 0-3 on the season. But Mt. Hebron scored seven goals in the third period to turn the tide and turn a 6-3 deficit into an eventual 13-8 triumph over the rival Eagles. Rich Tangires scored four times in the third quarter, while Gavin Fleck tallied four assists in the period. Gianni Karam and Brendan Demek both registered hat tricks in the Mt. Hebron (1-2) win. Centennial (1-2), meanwhile, was led by Jack Ritter and Andrew Hockersmith, who both scored two goals apiece.
Goals: MH — Rich Tangires 4, Gianni Karam 3, Brendan Demek 3, Cameron Stockenberg 2, Gavin Fleck; C — Jack Ritter 2, Andrew Hockersmith 2, Sam Bussink, Ryan Firebough, James MacLellan, Brendan Hlibok.
Assists: MH — Fleck 4, Karam 2, Nick Machiran, Stockenberg, Demek, Keegan Ryan, Jonas Hulbert; C — Josh Flick, Ritter, Bussink, Hockersmith.
Saves: MH — Alan Covert 11; C — Alex Kauffman 11.
Halftime: 6-3, C.
Marriotts Ridge 11, River Hill 3
Charlie Reynolds scored five goals and John Miller scored three to lead the Mustangs in victory. The Marriotts Ridge (3-0) defense was also stout throughout, allowing only three scores and eight total shots on goal. Goalies Thomas Coakley and Tyler Gladstone combined for five saves for the Stangs. River Hill (0-3), meanwhile, was led by Justin Shaw, who scored and had an assist. Kyle Henry tallied 16 assists in goal for the Hawks.
Goals: MR — Reynolds 5, Miller 3, Levey, Gloyd, Biagioli; RH — Burns, Campbell, Shaw.
Assists: MR — Reynolds 2, Miller, Burd, Clevenger; RH — Shaw.
Saves: MR — Coakley 2, Gladstone 3; RH — Henry 16, Kluckhuhn 2.
Reservoir 12, Wilde Lake 3
Steven Musser and Sean Maruschak led the Gators to their third straight Division B win to open the season. Musser scored five goals and had an assist, while Maruschak scored twice and tallied four helpers. Jakota Parker also registered a hat trick for Reservoir (3-0). Wilde Lake (1-2) was paced by Quinn Sutker, who scored once and assisted the Wildecats’ other two goals.
Goals: Re — Steven Musser 5, Jakota Parker 3, Sean Maruschak 2, Mitch Baer, Graham Leary; WL — Quinn Sutker, Evan Robinson, Jack Phelps.
Assists: Re — Maruschak 4, Musser; WL — Sutker 2, Henry Hilger.
Saves: Re — Nickolas Hoover 9; WL — Lewis Collora 13.
Halftime: 6-1, Re.
Atholton 17, Oakland Mills 7
The Raiders improved to 2-0 with the win over the Scorpions (1-2). Toby Aquino led all players with five goals, and Drew Kassman and Spencer Krasnick chipped in with four and three goals, respectively.
Goals: A — Toby Aquino 5, Drew Kassman 4, Spencer Krasnick 3, Mason Meyerpeter 2, Daniel Cade 2, Ryan Hernandez; OM — Tyler May 4, Matt Hammond 2, Blake Nguyen.
Assists: A — Drew Kassman 2, Zach Duncan 2, Cade 2, Meyerpeter, Ryan Hernandez, Krasnick, Aquino; OM — Hammond 2.
Saves: A — Garrett Walsh 8; OM — Michael Clancy 9.
Halftime: 7-2, A
Hammond at Long Reach (PPD to May 17)
Howard 13, Mt. Hebron 3
The Lions scored in every inning en route to the convincing win over the visiting Vikings. Howard (2-0) scored five runs in the second, three in the fifth, two in the third and one in the first, fourth and sixth innings. The Vikings had a 3-1 lead after scoring two runs in the top of the second, but the Lions roared back for five in the bottom half. Catcher Daniel Kim and Nathan Dawes led the Lions with two hits and three RBIs apiece. Van Switzer (three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings) and Matt O’Connor (five strikeouts in two innings) led the Lions on the bump. Mt. Hebron (2-1), meanwhile, had its two-game winning streak to open the season ended. Sophomore Sam Kelly led the Vikes with two RBI.
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MH — 120 000 0 — 3 4 4
Ho — 152 131 x — 13 10 1
Reservoir 8, Glenelg 4
A low-scoring contest quickly changed in the first frame of extra innings in the Gators’ win. After Reservoir (2-0) scored twice in the first inning and Glenelg (2-1) responded with two in the fourth, neither team scored until the Gators put up six in the top of the eighth. Adam Leader’s squad was then able to stave off the Gladiators’ comeback attempt during extras, which are different this season as a runner is placed on second base to start the inning. Travis Thompson and Nate Del Tufo led the Gators on the mound, allowing four runs and 10 hits in eight innings. Two days after Glenelg pitcher Andrew Johnson struck out 18 in a win over River Hill, Gladiators pitcher Harrison Hobdy had a respectable outing himself. Hobdy allowed two runs and five hits with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. On offense for Glenelg, DJ Stolba and Gavin Henley both went 3-for-4.
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G — 000 200 02 — 4 10 0
W: Re — N. Del Tufo; L: G — Estes.
2B: Re — T. Thompson 2; G — Durkin, Castor.
3B: Re — Knisley.
River Hill 11, Centennial 3
The Hawks took advantage of the Eagles’ erratic pitching and five errors en route to the victory. River Hill (2-1) scored 11 runs on only seven hits, as Ryan Miller, Michael Flaim and Ehi Okojie all had a pair of walks. Demetre Koutras smacked three hits at the plate, while Riley Finkelston tallied two base knocks. Miller, a senior, allowed three runs and struck out six in his five-inning win. Conarie Steinbach struck out six in four innings for Centennial (2-1), while Qwynn Ahearn had two hits for the Eagles.
RH — 122 041 1 — 11 7 5
C — 011 100 0 — 3 3 5
W: RH — Ryan Miller; L: C — Conarie Steinbach.
Marriotts Ridge 9, Long Reach 6 (8 inn.)
The Mustangs scored four runs in the top of the eighth and held on in the bottom half to defeat the host Lightning. Jordan Peguese and Brandon Lake led the Mustangs’ offense with two hits apiece. Six different Mustangs had one RBI in the win. Jack Bahouth earned the win for Marriotts Ridge (1-2) in relief, striking out six and allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings. Sophomore J.P. Tennant led Long Reach (1-2) on the mound, striking out eight and allowing three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Leading the Lightning’s offense was Brandon Bartolotta, Chris Stanford and Tucker Freer , all of whom tallied two hits. Freer hit the game’s lone home run and had two RBIs, while Ian Carunungan also drove home two runs for Long Reach.
MR — 000 131 04 — 9 8 2
LR — 011 030 01 — 6 11 6
W: MR — J. Bahouth; L: LR — B. Bartolotta.
2B: LR — B. Bartolotta, Col. Bosley, Con. Bosley.
HR: LR — T. Freer.
SB: MR — B. Krupinsky, L. Anderson, J. Peguese; LR — C. Stanford.
Hammond 2, Oakland Mills 1
The Golden Bears eked out a victory over the visiting Scorpions. Hammond (1-2) was outhit by Oakland Mills (0-3), but the Bears took advantage of their scoring chances. The Scorpions, meanwhile, got eight hits to Hammond’s three but left seven runners on base. Hammond’s Anthony Cline was the star of the game, throwing a complete game and hitting home both of the Golden Bears’ runs. Cline singled home a run in the first and then doubled one home in the fourth. On the mound, he allowed eight hits and struck out nine in his complete-game win. Despite the loss, Oakland Mills senior pitcher Tyler Mills threw six strong innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out eight, and also had a double at the plate. Scorpions junior Kenny Quiles had his team’s lone RBI, doubling home Cameron Canter, and junior Heath Franklin went 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
OM — 000 100 0 — 1 8 0
Ha — 100 100 x — 2 3 0
W: Ha — Anthony Cline; L: OM — Tyler Mills.
2B: OM — Mills, Kenny Quiles.
SB: OM — Heath Franklin; Ha — N/A.
Atholton 11, Wilde Lake 8
The Raiders scored 11 runs in the first five innings, including four in the top of the first, to top the Wildecats. The sophomore class for Atholton (2-1) led the Raiders to victory. Sophomore pitcher Kurtis MacKenzie earned his first varsity win, while sophomore Diego Carrion closed out the game for his first career save. Sophomore Scotty Vaszil then led the team at the plate with a home run. Vaszil and Hollingsworth both tallied five RBIs. Wilde Lake (0-3), meanwhile, was led by freshman Xavier Gilliam, who went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI.
A — 420 320 0 — 11 13 0
WL — 200 123 0 — 8 6 0
W: A — Evans; L: WL — Keating. SV: A — Carrion
2B: A — Varda, D’Angeli, Hollingsworth; WL — Gilliam.
3B: A — Drucker.
HR: A — Vaszil; WL — Gilliam, Parker.
SB: A — Varda 2, Vaszil, DeCelles, Snow; WL — N/A.
Mt. Hebron 3, Howard 2 (8 inn.)
After five scoreless innings, the Vikings and the Lions scored five runs in four straight frames in the exciting contest. Jessica Iveljic had the game-winning RBI from a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth. In the circle for Mt. Hebron (2-1), Emma Behel pitched her third straight solid game to start the season to earn the win. She was able to escape several jams, as she allowed eight hits, walked four and struck out four in eight innings. Alex Wendt led the Vikings offense with her two-run double in the seventh that gave the Vikings a 2-1 lead after Howard (1-2) scored in the bottom of the sixth. Howard then tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Erin and Emma Behel also smacked two hits for Hebron. The Lions were led by pitcher Sam Hobert, who struck out six in eight innings.
MH — 000 000 21 — 3 9 1
Ho — 000 001 10 — 2 8 1
W: MH — Emma Behel; L: Ho — Sam Hobert.
2B: MH — A. Wendt.
SB: MH — A. Sicoli; Ho — N/A.
Reservoir 4, Glenelg 0
The win is the Gators’ third straight shutout to open the young season. Pitcher Kylee Gunkel, who struck out 11 and allowed only two hits in her shutout of Howard on Tuesday, did it again against host Glenelg (1-2). The senior punched out 14, walking one and allowing only two hits in the win. Clare Andrews, Courtney Johnson and Maggie Frisvold all led Reservoir (3-0) at the plate with two hits apiece. Andrews had three RBIs and a double, while Johnson went 3-for-3 with a double. Despite the loss, Glenelg pitcher Megan Ortwein was solid in the circle, allowing four earned runs in a complete game.
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Re — 000 000 0 — 4 10 1
W: Re — Kylee Gunkel; L: G — Megan Ortwein.
2B: Re — Clare Andrews, Courtney Johnson.
SB: Re — Maggie Frisvold, Andrews; G — Sage Huber.
Wilde Lake 23, Atholton 2
The Wildecats (3-0) stayed red hot by scoring 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back on the way to the five-inning victory over the visiting Raiders (0-2). Justyce Richard had a huge day to pace the Wilde Lake offense, going 3-4 with a double, 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. Joining Richard with multiple hits were Veronica Goode (3-5, 3 RBI, run) and Morgan Baird (2-4, double, 4 RBI, run). Goode also picked up the win at pitcher by allowing just two hits and one run, while striking out five, in just over three innings of work. Erin Conover came on in relief and struck out three while allowing one run and one hit. For Atholton, Katie Saylor and Marisa Patel both stood out defensively, while Kyra Holtje and Micah Howell each went 1-2 with a RBI.
A — 100 10 — 2 3 10
WL — (11)54 2x — 23 15 0
Marriotts Ridge 16, Long Reach 2
All nine starters in the Mustangs’ lineup had a hit in the team’s mercy-rule win over the Lightning. Marriotts Ridge (3-0) scored nine runs in the first two innings and six in the fourth. The Mustangs have proven to have one of the most formidable lineups in the county, scoring 46 runs in their first three contests this season. Jasmine Smith led the team with three RBIs and earned the win in the circle, while Leah Chen and Brynne Mellady both drove home a pair of runs. Also leading the Mustangs’ offense were Melina Parson (2-for-3 with three runs) and Sarah Fan (1-for-2, one walk, three runs and five stolen bases). Long Reach (1-2) was led by Amelia Bross, who struck out four batters in four innings, and Sierra Sims had the team’s lone RBI.
MR — 540 61 — 16 10 3
LR — 001 01 — 2 2 7
W: MR — J. Smith; L: LR — A. Bross.
2B: MR — A. Gerber, A. Theimer.
3B: MR — B. Mellady, J. Smith.
SB: MR — S. Fan 5, A. Gerber; LR — J. Dadurka, A. Richardson.
River Hill 21, Centennial 3
The Hawks’ bats exploded against the Eagles for the team’s first win of the season. River Hill (1-1) scored 21 runs in the game, putting up crooked numbers in each of the first four innings of the mercy-rule contest. The Hawks scored six runs in the second and fourth innings, five in the first and four in the third, totaling 15 hits in the win. Abby Shim went 4-for-5 with a double, while Brooke Gettier was 3-for-3 with a double and two walks. Ever Sheplee added a triple, while Lux Sheplee had a double. Ella Wood pitched three innings for River Hill and Shim two.
RH — 564 60 — 21 15 2
C — 030 00 — 3 4 8
Hammond 26, Oakland Mills 0
Jordan Rodriguez tossed a five-inning no-hitter to lead the Golden Bears to their first win of the season. The senior pitcher allowed only three Scorpions (0-3) to reach base on two walks and a hit by pitch and struck out eight batters in the mercy-rule triumph. On offense, Hammond (1-1) tallied 14 hits, scoring 17 runs in the first two innings. Rodriguez also led the Golden Bears at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a triple, a double and a walk. Hammond center fielder Abbie Weirich had two doubles at the plate to go along with two-baggers from catcher Krista Goodwin, shortstop Kaylee Beahm and first baseman Maddi Berning.
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Ha — 985 4x — 26 14 0