Glenelg Country School continued rolling through conference play, as a nine-goal advantage through the early minutes of the second half helped pave the way for its fifth-straight win after defeating Mount de Sales, 16-8, Tuesday.
"We've been practicing just picking each other up throughout hard games, good games, just games in general," said Dragons freshman midfielder Lindsey Marshall. "And the ability to turn to your teammate and say, 'Hey you got this, keep you're head up.' It really helped the whole team play as a team and get this win."
Marshall was vital on the draw against the Sailors' Sydney Skalstad, who had the clear height advantage in the circle. However, Marshall was strategic in her placement and helped Glenelg Country (5-1 IAAM A, 9-1 overall) win 9 of 13 draw controls in the first half, and 15 of 26 in the game. She, along with teammate Shay Ahearn combined for 11 draw control wins, which ultimately aided in their team's fast start.
"On the draw today the girl was pretty tall so I had to try and get it to myself or behind me, which I normally try and do," Marshall explained. "I normally try and just run on to it, and we had some help from the circle and that really helped everyone."
After Sloane Skalstad gave Mount de Sales the initial one-goal lead about two minutes in, the Dragons grabbed back control after consecutive scores from Bobbie Haney, Hannah Glaros and Alyssa Arnold.
Sydney Skalstad ended the 3-0 surge after a long offensive possesion for the Saliors, but Glenelg Country responded with another run following three consecutive wins on the circle from Ahearn and Glaros.
Glaros, Ahearn and Haney capitalized offensively and extended the cushion, 6-2, with about 15 minutes remaining in the half.
"Dug a nice big hole, but it's hot. We played yesterday, but it's not an excuse they played well," said Sailors coach Eric Pfeiler. "We just tried to chip away and make things work for us. They are a good team. If you don't control the draw, you're not going to win, plain and simple."
Mount de Sales won the ensuing draw, but the Dragons defense stepped up to contain the Sailors offensively with goalie Avery Dyer making several nice stops.
A yellow card given to Glenelg Country gave Mount de Sales an opportunity to cut into the lead, but a well-timed check from Ahearn on a free position caused a turnover and led to a two-point swing the other way, as Haney assisted Arnold at the other end.
"Good game again from the girls. I thought we came out really hard and we wanted to come out with lots of intensity. From the start I thought we did that, and played really well the first half," said Dragons coach Paige Walton. "Defensively we had a lot of good stops and offense I felt was clicking around the goal and doing things well."
Glenelg Country rattled off three more goals by Julia Sheehan and Arnold to push the lead 10-2. Dyer then came up with another huge stop in the final seconds to solidify the eight-goal halftime advantage.
"Lots of communication on defense, really good one-v-one defense from the top from all of our players that are down there and great saves by Avery, stepping out, a lot of shut downs," Walton said. "We just need to make sure we need to win the balls on the ground, those 50-50 balls we need to make sure we're coming up with it. That's what we need to make sure we're doing from end to end."
Haney gave the Dragons their largest lead of the day with 22:14 remaining in the second half, after putting away a pass by Arnold from behind the cage to push the score, 11-2.
However, the Sailors slowly crept back into the game.
Megan Prescott began the rally after finishing a feed from Sloane Skalstad with about 17 minutes left.
Glenelg Country was hit with another yellow card, but played exceptionally well in the man-down situation. Its defense created two turnovers, while Dyer, again, made a couple big saves to keep the score as is.
Unfortunately for the Dragons they couldn't hold the Sailors for long. Shortly after getting back at full strength on defense, Mount de Sales netted its fourth goal and continued chipping away at the cushion.
"At times we do say, you know, if we can be as intense when we're even as we are in our man-down situations then we'd be golden, but we've talked about that in the past," Walton said. "We talked about that a little bit at the end of the half, making sure we are playing a complete game from start to finish, from first half to second half. We have to try and come out and match the intensity from the first half in the second half and not so sure every one did that today, but we learn from that and we take that into our next game, and into our next practice."
Jenna Florenzo added another score for the Sailors to cut the deficit to six, but Jackie Norsworthy and Anna Kearney answered with back-to-back free position goals for the Dragons.
Mount de Sales went on a mini 4-1 run to get back within seven with about a minute to play, but Glenelg Country held off the rally and added an insurance goal from Kearney, with Marshall on the assist, to put the game away.
"On defense we weren't doing a very good job of jamming cutters in the second half and our momentum kind of shifted," Marshall said. "But in the end we ended up getting more of the ground balls that were kind of loose and we just kept fighting, kept going through those ground balls."
Marshall finished with a goal and an assist in the game, while Arnold led her team with four goals and two assists. The senior played well behind the net, consistently finding her teammates cutting through the eight. Haney (3 goals) was the beneficiary on both of Arnold's helpers, and also added an assist on the day as well. Glaros, Norsworthy and Kearney each recorded two goals apiece, while Dyer finished a stand out performance with a whopping 18 saves.
"We couldn't be prouder of their effort today on a hot day," Walton added. "Mt. de Sales is a good opponent. We're happy, and like we said the last time, we're going to enjoy this one and get ready — we play Gerstell Thursday and then we do have a little break before we get back in conference next week, so very happy with the play of all the players."
Florenzo and Mary Blee paced the Sailors with two goals apiece, while Blee also added an assist in the game.
Mt. de Sales (0-8 IAAM A, 0-9 overall), after playing back-to-back games against John Carroll and Glenelg Country, respectively, is back in action Friday against Mt. Hebron and Bel Air in the Five For Five Tournament at Bland Air Park.
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"Stop shooting high, and more patience hitting the first feeder. We got to do a better job of handling the ball. Simple things, little things add up, but didn't work for us today," Pfeiler said. "Back-to-back games, that's not an excuse, but they are just tired. I think it was just a set back. They'll be fine. We play again on Saturday against Mt. Hebron. Tough game, but at least we have two days to relax. But it's just the little things, unforced turnovers just add up and we don't finish when we're shooting right into the goalies net doesn't help."
Glenelg Country 16, Mt. de Sales 8
GCS (5-1 IAAM A, 9-1 overall), MDS (0-8 IAAM A, 0-9)
Goals: GCS — Arnold 4, Haney 3, Glaros 2, Norsworthy 2, Kearney 2, Sheehan 1, Ahearn 1, Marshall 1; MdS — Florenzo 2, Blee 2, Sl. Skalstad 1, Sy. Skalstad 1, Dunn 1, Rehkemper 1.
Assists: GCS — Arnold 2, Haney 1, Ahearn 1, Marshall; MdS — Blee 1.
Saves: GCS — Dyer 18; MdS — Antone 1, Grant 3.
Halftime: 10-2, Glenelg Country.