A roundup of Howard County girls lacrosse tournament action from Saturday, April 15
Glenelg opened up Saturday's Tournament play at Western Regional Park with an impressive, 9-7, win over Notre Dame Prep.
Although it was a close contest, the Gladiators (3-0 county, 6-0 overall) took the opening lead and never relinquished the advantage at any point in the game and ultimately, handed the Blazers (6-0 IAAM A, 11-1) their first loss of the season.
"It meant a lot to us, but we just want out there, and again, executed that level 10 mentality," said Glenelg junior midfielder Anna Callahan. "And this season, we're just going out and giving everything we have. What we've been practicing we really executed it out there, so I was really proud of our team today."
The Gladiators jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the first seven minutes of the game. Jenny Giampalmo got it started off the opening draw, as the sophomore won possession and then finished off a pass from Callahan to give her team the quick 1-0 lead. Callahan answered about two minutes later, taking advantage of an unforced turnover from Notre Dame Prep.
"Just gutsy, gutsy player," said Glenelg coach Alex Pagnotta on Callahan. "She just plays with a lot of hearth and determination, I just love it. Love that girl."
The Gladiators won the following draw and remained patient on the offensive end. After working the ball around, Maddy O'Brien found Alayna Pagnotta to tally their third straight goal. Another win on the circle resulted in a goal 50 seconds later, as Courtney Renehan assisted O'Brien on the score.
"Possession is key and possession wins games," Alex Pagnotta said. "Controlling the ball, minimizing turnovers and that has been our biggest focus the second half of the season. In practice we talk about level 10 all the time, so when we're dropping the ball in practice we're going after it like it's double overtime in the state championship and that is carrying over into the games."
Notre Dame Prep called its first timeout following the O'Brien goal and played sharper, especially on the defensive end, in the final 20 minutes of the half.
Jordan Sabourin won possession on the ensuing draw, which immediately led to a Grace Haus goal.
Although the Gladiators won the following draw control, the Blazers defense stayed firm in the 3-plus minute offensive set. They were even given their first yellow card of day, but caused two turnovers during the man-down situation and kept the score as is.
Midway through the half Megan Hoffman put away her first goal and got the Notre Dame Prep within one. And then with three minutes remaining before the half, MP Suter assisted Hannah Mardiney to cut the score, 4-3.
The two teams traded goals to start the second half, but the Gladiators proceded to go on a 4-0 run, which gave them back their four-goal cushion.
O'Brien started the surge and about two minutes later Glenelg took advantage of another yellow card from the Blazers, as Callahan fed Giampalmo for the goal.
Courtney Renehan won the ensuing draw, which rapidly turned into an Alayna Pagnotta goal with Lindsay Letellier on the assist.
Caitlynn Mossman ended the run with about 14 minutes remaining, but Callahan answered on a free position and notched her third goal of the day to push the cushion to 9-5 with about eight minutes remaining.
"I wanted to step up and show up today, but I think our team personally as a whole wanted to step up and show up in this game today," Callahan said. "I think we did such a great job with that. On the draw circle we really came out with Jenny Giampalmo, and Courtney, and Olivia [LePage], and Rachel [Scheinberg] and you know, we've really been pushing on working on draws especially, so getting that draw control was key at the beginning of the game and it was really great because we really executed that. I was very proud of our draw controls, personally."
But the Blazers didn't go away, and continued chipping away at the lead.
Mardiney scored her second of the afternoon shortly after Callahan's goal to get her team within three, and with about two minutes remaining they added one more to cut the score, 9-7.
Notre Dame Prep gained possession on the following draw and got it down to Mossman in transition. She put her shot passed Glenelg's Maddie McSally, but the goal was taken away on a goal circle violation.
Ultimately, McSally and the rest of the Gladiators defense withstood the pressure and came away with the win to remain undefeated on the season.
NDP (6-0 IAAM A, 12-2 overall), MR (2-0 county, 6-1 overall)
Marriotts Ridge 15, Dulaney 12
Fight for Five Tournament:
Mt. Hebron withstood a second-half rally from Mount de Sales Saturday at Bland Air Park and captured the Fight For Five Tournament title after the, 12-11, win.
The Vikings ended the first half strong as they rattled off five unanswered goals in the last nine minutes.
They held the slight 2-1 edge until Ellie Miller put away one of her team-high four goals with 10:27 remaining in the half. Delaney Hill answered shortly after to keep the one-goal game, but Mt. Hebron countered with a 5-0 run.
Erin Demek began the surge, winning the ensuing draw and then finishing a free position on the offensive end. Miller assisted Lexi Arens on the Vikings' fifth goal with seven minutes left, with Arens then returning the favor about four minutes later, feeding Miller to push the lead to four.
Demek won another off the draw, leading to a Lindsey Connell free position goal. With 18 seconds left the Vikings added one more, as Arens assisted Demek cutting across the 8-meter to push the cushion to 8-2.
"I think we kind of got ourselves in a situation where we were in a lot closer game than we anticipated given how the first half went, but at the end of the day we pulled it together to get the win," said Mt. Hebron coach Lindsay Menton. "We'd like to maintain a lead like we had, but a win is a win and as always we'll learn from it and take it on to the next one."
The second half was all Sailors, however, as they came out and immediately started chipping away at the deficit.
Megan Prescott started the rally, as she took advantage of a Vikings turnover off a clear about two minutes into the second half.
Mount de Sales won the following two off the draw and Sydney Skalstad capitalized with back-to-back goals.
Connell ended the run, but the Sailors tacked on their seventh goal following a second yellow card given to Demek.
Mt. Hebron took advantage of a turnover on the ensuing draw, with Kaitlin Rice assisting Miller in transition to tally the short-handed score.
Grace Bartlinski cut the deficit, 10-8, with 14 minutes remaining but Mt. Hebron added back-to-back goals to push the lead back to four.
But the Sailors continued battling. They put away three straight scores with Bartlinski capping off the run with 3:47 remaining to make it a 12-11 game.
Mount de Sales won the ensuing draw, but a big save from Jen Schaaf kept the Vikings' one-goal advantage. Mt. Hebron then held on for the remaining two-plus minutes to cement the victory.
"I think they are a great team. They are really well coached, and I think the big difference at the start of the second half is that they came out with a lot of heart and hustle and that definitely was apparent," Menton said of the Sailors, who defeated Bel Air in the first round matchup. "They worked hard, and yeah, I was very impressed with their play today."
Miller (4 goals, 1 assist) and Arens (2 goals, 5 assists) led the way offensively, while Schaaf finished with 10 saves in net.
The Vikings bounced back from a tough loss against Howard on April 7 with two wins over North Harford (16-7, final) and Mount de Sales Saturday. However, Menton emphasized the importance of valuing possession moving forward.
"I think also just being prepared with whatever comes our way," she said. "We need to be ready for any situation thrown our way and I think a part of that is just being mentally tough and being ready to play a full game. And it comes back to possession, yeah I think we just need to keep remembering that and reminding ourselves so we can make the most of the run of play, which I think we did a good job with in the first half."
Mt. Hebron 12, Mount de Sales 11
MH (2-2 county, 6-3 overall)
Goals: MH — Miller 4, Arens 2, Connell 2, Demek 2, Rice 1, Pallozzi 1; MDS — Stewart 3, Bartlinski 3, Prescott 2, Skalstad 2, Hill 1.
Assists: MH — Arens 5, Miller 1, Rice 1; MDS — Stewart 1.