After two weeks off since its season-opening win, Atholton got back on the field and handed Reservoir its first loss of the season Wednesday, April 6, 10-6.
After nearly two weeks off from its season-opening win, Atholton headed back on the field Wednesday and handed hosting Reservoir its first loss of the year.
"This is our second game of the season so it's awesome to play a really competitive team in the county. I think it gives us a lot to work on and some really promising stuff for the season," said first-year Raiders coach Kelly McGrath after the 10-6 victory. "I think definitely in the second half we had a lot more possession. First half they were controlling the ball a lot so our defense was playing great man-to-man defense and our goalies had some phenomenal saves, both of them in both halves. For us for ball possession, we're really working on that composure and that leadership of when to drive, when not to force it (and) I think we're doing pretty well."
Haley Tiller opened up the game with a goal for the Gators about two minutes in, but Atholton responded with three consecutive scores from KK Shepherd, Rachel Foster and Meaghan Quinn. The 3-0 run allowed the Raiders to establish a cushion early on, and maintain the lead throughout the rest of the game.
"In the beginning we struggled a little bit with forcing passes, but in the end we really tried to finish our good opportunities and not just throw the ball away," Quinn said after helping her team improve to 2-0 on the year. "It was really good. Reservoir, it's always a tough game against them. It's always really competitive. We're, I don't know, rivals so we're always really competitive against Reservoir. We came back into practice and our intensity was really high, a lot higher than in the past so that helps us a lot."
Juliet King got Reservoir within one midway through the half, cutting the deficit 3-2, but the Gators couldn't take advantage of Atholton's miscues early on. Quinn extended the Raiders lead 4-2 with about eight minutes left in the half, while Emma Johnson netted another for Atholton with 4:32 remaining until the break. On both offensive possessions, Reservoir played solid defensively and forced a turnover, but had trouble clearing its zone and ultimately gave possession back to Atholton, who in-turn took advantage.
"I think it kills any momentum that you try and generate in the course of a game. Anytime you have a great defensive stand – we couldn't build the momentum off of it to dig ourselves out," said first-year Gators coach P.J. Harrison. "A lot of talent, but all the little things add up and that's what I said to them at the end of the game. We have to make better decisions because we have to, when we cause a turnover, we have to be able to capitalize on it. When we have possession we need to be able to capitalize on it. If we capitalize on the times when we do have possession then it's a closer ball game. But unfortunately, it didn't happen today."
Atholton went into the break touting a 6-3 advantage, but Tiller soon cut the lead down to two after finishing off a feed from Greta Schuster to open up the second half.
The Raiders remained patient offensively, and did well slowing down the tempo and waiting for good looks at the cage. Quinn added her third goal of the contest with about 20 minutes to play, which propelled an Atholton 4-0 run.
Emma Johnson finished off a pass from Ashley Martin on the ensuing score, pushing the Raiders lead 8-4, midway through the half.
Reservoir showed its frustration down the stretch as the deficit grew. The Gators were handed three yellow cards in the final 25 minutes, which Atholton capitalized off of.
Kelley Flynn and Foster were the beneficiaries during the man-up situations, as Flynn put away a free position and Foster buried a pass from Megan Hart – extending the lead 10-4.
"I think the cards – the (three) cards, are a composure problem, losing our composure a little bit in the frustration of not being able to generate any of that momentum and I think you can see that," Harrison said. "You can see that frustration in the girls and of course on the sidelines here."
The Gators kept grinding and put away two more goals late by Tiller and King, but couldn't overcome the six-point deficit and ultimately suffered their first loss of the season.
"Basically I told them that we really just needed to work on some fundamentals and some decision making was really the down fall," Harrison said. "I think had we made some better decisions, and maybe handle the ball a little bit better it might have been a little bit closer and a little bit more of a competitive game."
Reservoir was led by King and Tiller, who each tallied three goals, respectively, while in net Elizabeth Hyde had a strong showing as she registered six saves in the game. The Gators have a difficult stretch coming up with three tough county opponents.
"It's only our third game; we have a long season," added Harrison. "So we head into Mt. Hebron on Friday, Centennial and Marriotts Ridge, so it's a tough stretch but we got a chance to work on some things tomorrow and we'll see if we can turn some things around."
For the Raiders, Quinn and Foster led the way offensively with three goals apiece, while Quinn also notched an assist in the game. Johnson added two goals, while Martin finished with two assists.
"We definitely work everyday on possession and working on that wide open opportunity, for that 100 percent nice look at the cage," McGrath said. "So we're doing a great job of composure and when is the appropriate time to drive and challenging your defense and cutting and clearing for each other –so we're doing pretty well."
Quinn also did an outstanding job on the draw, especially against one of the top draw-specialist in the league in Reservoir's Michelle Armstrong. The senior midfielder helped Atholton win 11-of-18 draw controls in the game.
"I just tried to counteract what she's doing. I know she's really strong and good at pushing it, so I tried pulling it and let her push it into my stick and use it to my advantage. Our people on the circle are really strong and fast too, so it worked really well. I got it to Rachel Foster a lot of times. She's really good off the circle too," Quinn said, as she and the Raiders gear up for their next matchup against undefeated Glenelg Friday. "We're excited to see Glenelg. They'll be a really tough team too. We just got to keep up the intensity and keep doing well."
Glenelg (5-0) 15, Centennial (2-2) 8 (Wednesday, April 6)
The Gladiators, coming off a thrilling double overtime victory over Liberty Tuesday, played their first game on their own turf Wednesday and extended their perfect record to 5-0 after defeating the Eagles.
Despite playing extra minutes less than 24 hours prior, Glenelg stormed out with energy and piled on a 7-0 cushion at the half.
Centennial's offense started to flow in the following 25 minutes, as senior Samantha Courtemanche led the way, registered a game-high four goals, while also tallying one assist in the Eagles second loss of the season. Senior Devin McIntyre followed offensively with two goals and one assist, while senior Allie Durkee chipped in with one assist and one goal on the day. Jenna Dietrich finished with four saves in net for Centennial.
In the win, the Gladiators recorded their second 15-plus goal performance, while defensively, they have yet to give up more than eight goals in a game this season. Splitting time in net, both sophomore Maddie McSally (seven saves) and junior Laney Treacy (eight saves) are playing solid minutes for Glenelg. McSally also tallied 13 saves in the overtime win against the Lions.
Junior Courtney Renehan also notched a game-high with four goals, while sophomore Anna Callahan followed with three scores. Junior Alayna Pagnotta added to her season totals, registering two goals and a game-high three assists. Junior Lindsay LeTellier recorded two goals in the win Wednesday, which came off the heels of her game-winning goal against Liberty Tuesday.
The Gladiators and Eagles are both back in action Friday, with Centennial heading home to face Howard, while Glenelg hosts Atholton. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Goals: G – Renehan 4, Callahan 3, G. Esmond 2, LeTellier 2, Pagnotta 2, Scheinberg 1, Giampalmo 1; C – Courtemanche 4, McIntyre 2, Durkee 1, Griffin 1.
Assists: G – Pagnotta 3, G. Esmond 1, Giampalmo 1, Callahan 1; C – Courtemanche 1, Durkee 1, McIntyre 1.
Saves: G – McSalley 7, Treacy 8; C – Dietrich 4.
Halftime: 7-0 Glenelg.
Glenelg 7, Liberty 6 2OT (Tuesday, April 5)
Goals: G – G. Esmond 3, Pagnotta 2, Callahan 1, LeTellier 1; L – Houggerty 1, Tilson 1, Griffin 1, Overman 1, Thompson 1, Miller 1.
Assists: G – Renehan 2, Callahan 1; L – Tilson 1, Overman 1.
Saves: G – McSally 13; L – 4.
Halftime: 5-3 Glenelg.
River Hill (1-1) 20, Hammond (2-2) 5 (Wednesday, April 6)
Coming off a heart-breaking overtime loss to Reservoir in their home-opener two weeks ago, the Hawks got back on the field Wednesday against the hosting Golden Bears and delivered a 15-point rout to earn their first victory on the season.
Senior Paige Caprara netted a game-high six goals, while also recording a team-high three assists in the win. Senior Katie Caddigan and sophomore Gabby Hamburger followed with five goals apiece, while Hamburger added two assists and Caddigan added one.
Junior Annie Maloney faced three shots in the first half and recorded two stops while Maddi Craney saw five shots against in the second half of action for the Hawks, and tallied one save.
River Hill and Hammond are both at home for their next matchup Friday, as the Hawks host Marriotts Ridge, with the Golden Bears taking on Wilde Lake. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Marriotts Ridge (4-0) 15, South River (2-4) 4 (Wednesday, April 6)
The Mustangs picked up their fourth straight win Wednesday, as they handed the Seahawks their second loss of the season.
Junior Lily Kennedy led the way offensively, totaling a game-high four goals, while senior Carly Miller and junior Caroline Blalock followed with three goals apiece. Miller and Blalock also added an assist on the day.
In net, freshman Olivia Ranta recorded six saves and has stayed perfect in the win column thus far this season. As a whole, the Marriotts Ridge defense has looked dominant, averaging 5.5 goals allowed thus far and all against quality opponents.
For South River, Caitlin Blanche and Skyler Simmers each had two goals, while Kassidy Bresnahan and Lauren Zinkl provided assists. Jordan Kahler stopped seven shots for the Seahawks.
The Mustangs next matchup is at River Hill, which will be Marriotts Ridge's first county game of the season. The Mustangs and Hawks are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Goals: MR – Kennedy 4, Miller 3, C. Blalock 3, Lower 2, Souder 1, S. Blalock 1, Hensh 1; SR – Blanche 2, Simmers 2.
Assists: MR – Miller 1, C. Blalock 1, Hensh 1; SR – Bresnahan 1, Zinkl 1.
Saves: MR – Ranta 6, Huston 1; SR – Kahler 7
Halftime: 9-2 MR.
Wilde Lake (2-0) 9, North County (1-3) 8 OT (Wednesday, April 6)
After opening up the season with a dominating 11-point win over Long Reach, the Wildecats resumed play Wednesday and came away with the 9-8 overtime win against the hosting Knights.
Junior Tess Kostelec churned out a four-goal game, while also adding two assists on the day. Senior Kate Glaros followed with two goals for Wilde Lake, while in net junior Jenna Oler had a monster game, as the George Washington commit stopped 17 of North County's 28 shots en route to her second win of the season.
Jessica Schneck collected three goals and an assist and Kaylyn Hewes added two goals and an assist for North County.
The Wildecats will try and up their record to 3-0 when they take on Hammond Friday, which is schedule for a 7 p.m. start on the Golden Bears home turf.
Broadneck (5-1) 10 Howard (2-3) 7 (Wednesday, April 6)
The Lions suffered their third loss of the season Wednesday, as they traveled to Anne Arundel County where the hosting Bruins handed them the three-point defeat.
Kaala Puglisi scored a game-high four goals for Broadneck, with Talia Gabarra adding two goals and an assist and Brianna Harris chipping in with two scores.
Junior Sam Sagi totaled nine stops in the outing, as Howard allowed six goals in the second half of action after going into the break knotted at four.
Senior Katie Schluederberg registered a team-high three goals and also added one assist, while senior Kendal Wells followed with two goals. Junior Emileigh Scott recorded six draw control wins, as the Lions picked up 11 wins off the circle, with the Bruins winning seven.
Howard will resume play Friday, in an inner-county matchup against Centennial. The Eagles will host the Lions with the game scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Goals: B – Puglisi 4, Gabarra 2, B. Harris 2, K. Harris 1, Sullivan 1; Ho – Schluederberg 3, Wells 2, Kinsey 1, Martin 1.
Assists: B – Sullivan 2, Gabarra 1; Ho – Schluederberg 1, Orzechowski 1.
Saves: B – Koch 9: Ho – Sagi 9.
Glen Burnie (1-2) 12, Long Reach (0-2) 10 (Wednesday, April 6)
The Lightning lost a tight match against the hosting Gophers, as they couldn't complete the second-half rally.
Glen Burnie went into the break touting a 6-4 advantage, but Long Reach kept fighting and narrowly came away with the win, but instead suffered its second loss of the year.
Alejandra Martinez-Rivera led the way for the Lightning offensively, tallying a team-high three goals, while Lydia Mensaria and Colleen Dudly followed with two goals each. In net, Vanessa Fillers tallied four saves as she faced 20 shots. The Lightning matched the Gophers with 20 shots on goal, while Glen Burnie edged Long Reach in draw control wins, 12-11.
Allison Tyler scored five goals and had two assists, while Emily Knox followed with three goals and an assist, with Cameran Dailey adding two goals for Glen Burnie.
The Lightning will not resume play again until Tuesday, April 12 when they travel to North Country for a 5:30 p.m. start. Their game against Oakland Mills, which was originally scheduled for Friday, was postponed to Monday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Goals: GB – Tyler 5, Knox 3, Dailey 2, Gardner 1, Stafford 1; LR – Rivera 3, Menasria 2, Dudley 2, Lee 1, Brown 1, Stewart 1.