Highlights from the McDonogh versus Glenelg Country School girls lacrosse game on Tuesday, April 25 at McDonogh School. (Monica D'Ippolito/BSMG)
In a breakout first year in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, Glenelg Country had its toughest task yet.
The Dragons (6-3 IAAM A, 11-3 overall) went on the road and took on eight-time defending conference champion McDonogh (9-0 IAAM A, 15-0) on Tuesday and fought valiantly. But after Glenelg Country won the opening draw and capitalized with the game's first goal, the Eagles countered with an 8-0 run and took the reins of a 16-6 win to extend its national winning streak to 170 games.
"I think we did some things really well," Glenelg Country coach Paige Walton said. "Our effort was there from the start to the finish. Again, amazing team that we played. So overall, I think end to end on our defensive side and our offensive side we played well. We were really proud of their effort and you know they are a great team."
It would have been easy for McDonogh to overlook Glenelg Country and set its eyes on a highly anticipated matchup against Notre Dame Prep on Thursday, but Eagles coach Chris Robinson didn't have to say much to keep his team focused on a win over the Dragons.
"You just look at the win/loss column and Glenelg Country is a great school," Robinson said. "They've beaten a lot of good teams this year and a lot of our kids know their kids from summer club and stuff like that. I know the coaches know each other, so it wasn't really too difficult because we knew how good they were going to be. And so, we knew we couldn't overlook them because then we would get upset."
After Shay Ahearn pulled down the opening draw for Glenelg Country, it settled in offensively and eventually Alyssa Arnold fed Hannah Glaros to put the Dragons in front 1-0.
Maddy Jenner went back to work in the circle and won the next draw for the Eagles, resulting in a quick score by Blair Pearre (two goals) to get McDonogh on the board less than 30 seconds later.
Jenner won the ensuing draw and the Eagles went down and ran through their offensive set. Glenelg Country stayed firm defensively, with goalie Avery Dyer (six saves) coming up with a stop during the two-plus-minute stretch to keep the score tied.
"I thought [our defense] played well," Walton said. "They played well as a unit. They had a lot of good slides."
However, Julia Hoffman (seven goals, two assists) finally capitalized for McDonogh after slicing her way through the defense and finishing her shot to the bottom left corner to give her team a 2-1 lead.
Sarah Ayer won possession for Glenelg Country on the following draw, but Julia Cooper (three saves) made the save on the defensive end and quickly cleared the ball out in transition, which resulted in a free position for Hoffman shortly after. She put away her second goal and McDonogh meticulously piled on after winning the next six on the circle.
Goals by Anna Robinson, Catie May, Megan Mix, Hoffman and Kayla Abernathy gave the Eagles an 8-1 advantage with 10 minutes left in the half.
Glenelg Country kept McDonogh scoreless until the break and added one in the final minute to cut into the lead.
After a shot ricocheted off the post for the Eagles, Glenelg Country took the ball the other way with Glaros drawing a shooting space on the offensive end. She then put away the free position to score her second goal of the day and trim the deficit to six.
"We wanted them to not go to their strengths and that was what we really concentrated on greatly," Robinson said. "I think our defense really forced them in the position of being uncomfortable and doing things that they don't normally do."
McDonogh continued winning the battle on the circle in the second half, and swiftly added four consecutive goals within the first eight minutes to push its cushion to 12-2.
Ahearn ended the run with 15:25 minutes remaining. She worked her way inside the 8-meter and niftily ripped a shot behind her back for the score.
The Eagles countered with another 4-0 run, getting goals from Emma Shettig and Hoffman off free positions, while Hoffman assisted Andie Aldave (two goals, four assists) to cap the stretch with 7:58 remaining.
Ahearn won the ensuing draw and put away her second goal of the game about a minute later, while Glaros added one with less than two minutes left to solidify the final 16-6 score.
"In all the games that we enter we want to make sure we are doing our best," Walton said. "All the coaches and players, we just want to continue to do what we need to do to get better as a team. … Coming into today we wanted to make sure we left what we had all on the field. I thought the girls, from the offense, to the midfield, to the defense, did well today playing a great team."
The Dragons will look to bounce back Thursday at home against Bryn Mawr, while the Eagles will go on the road and try to extend their winning streak and hand Notre Dame Prep its first conference loss of the season.
Alayna Pagnotta led the offensive onslaught, finishing with a game-high six goals, while Lindsay Letellier added two goals and five assists in the win. Anna Callahan finished with three goals and an assist, while Rachel Scheinberg registered two goals and an assist.
Maddie McSally finished with five saves for Glenelg.
The Gladiators are back in county play Thursday, as they hit the road to take on River Hill for a 5:30 p.m. game.
Assists: G — Letellier 5, Scheinberg 1, Callahan 1.
Saves: G — McSally 5.
Halftime: 9-2, Glenelg.
Marriotts Ridge 19, Annapolis3
The Mustangs quickly bounced back from just their second loss of the season with a convincing 16-point win over the visiting Panthers.
Marriotts Ridge didn't waste any time, jumping out in front to take a 9-1 halftime lead.
The Mustangs had a balanced offensive night, totaling 10 different goal scorers in the game with Victoria Hensh, Caroline Blalock and Casey Sullivan all scoring three goals apiece, while Erin Cooke, Eloise Clevenger and Hayleigh Simpson added two goals each, respectively.
Blalock and Gracie Kennedy also recorded two assists apiece in the win, while Hannah Miller finished with four saves in net.
Next up for Marriotts Ridge is Howard on Thursday. The Mustangs will visit the Lions for a 5:30 p.m. matchup.
MR (3-1 county, 8-2 overall)
Goals: MR — Hensh 3, C. Blalock 3, Sullivan 3, Cooke 2, E. Clevenger 2, Simpson 2, Thompson 1, S. Blalock 1, Ohnmacht 1, G. Kennedy 1; A — Colon 1, Heyn 1, Mish 1.
Assists: MR — C. Blalock 2, G. Kennedy 2, Christianson 1, Thompson 1, L. Kennedy 1.
Saves: MR — Miller 4.
Halftime: 9-1, Marriotts Ridge.
Reservoir 20, Oakland Mills 4
Gators senior Alex Sadzewicz had a memorable afternoon against the Scorpions Tuesday.
She not only led her team with four goals and an assist in the 16-point win, but also eclipsed the 100-goal milestone with her third score of the day.
Haley Tiller also added four goals, along with two assists. Greta Schuster finished with three goals, while Juliet King and Elena Martino each added three assists apiece for Reservoir.
Elizabeth Hyde made two stops in net for the Gators.
Reservoir and Oakland Mills are back in action Thursday, with the Gators hosting Wilde Lake at 5 p.m. and the Scorpions going on the road to face Baltimore Poly at 4 p.m.
Re (5-3 county, 6-5 overall), OM (0-3, 0-7)
Goals: Re — Sadzewicz 4, Tiller 4, Schuster 3, Nam 2, Green 2, Armstrong 2, Guchait 1, Toibero 1, Geraghty 1.
Assists: Re — King 3, Martino 3, Tiller 2, Valentino 2, Sadzewicz 1.
Saves: Re — Hyde 2.
Halftime: 13-1, Reservoir.
Howard 16, River Hill 3
The Lions stormed out to take an 11-1 lead over the hosting Hawks at the half Tuesday and limited them to one of their lowest scoring totals of the season en route to the 16-3 win.
Jenny Kinsey had a standout game for Howard. The senior totaled five goals and two assists to lead her team, while Jenna Peed followed with three goals, and Emileigh Scott, Leah Spalding and Jamie Tsao added two goals apiece. Spalding also registered an assist in the win.
Sam Sagi made three stops for the Lions, while Annie Maloney recorded 10 saves River Hill.
Shelby Brunett, Gaby Hamburger and Zarah Kelleher each scored for the Hawks, while Julia Smith added two assists.
Howard is back in action against Marriotts Ridge on Thursday, while River Hill hosts undefeated Glenelg. Both games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Ho (3-1 county, 7-3 overall), RH (5-3, 6-3)
Goals: Ho — Kinsey 5, Peed 3, Scott 2, Spalding 2, Tsao 2, Schluederberg 1, Summa 1; RH — Brunett, Hamburger 1, Kelleher 1.
Assists: Ho — Kinsey 2, Schluederberg 1, Spalding 1, Vetter 1; RH — Smith 2.