They are friends and teammates when they wear their Howard Stampede field hockey uniforms, but when those same players put on their Glenelg and Marriotts Ridge school colors, it’s a whole different story.
“It’s a big rivalry,” said Glenelg junior Paige Reese after her team defeated Marriotts Ridge, 2-1, in overtime to remain undefeated (10-0). “We were very determined to beat them.”
“I’d say that we are the two most competitive teams in the county,” said Marriotts Ridge’s Caroline Blalock.
A Glenelg against Marriotts Ridge game is played at a different level — both in skill and expectation. Thursday afternoon’s game was intense and up tempo, but nothing came easy. Every play was contested.
“This was our most exciting game,” said Glenelg’s Gabby Rachuba. “I’m still shaking; it was very nerve-wracking.”
It was also Glenelg’s closest game this fall.
“We always know that this is going to be a very tough game,” said Glenelg coach Nikki Trunzo. “Marriotts Ridge was very fast, going to everything and getting to our passes first and it just completely took us out of what we were trying to do. So props to them.”
Rachuba scored both Glenelg goals. Grace Olson and Jenny Giampalmo had the assists.
Caroline Blalock softly flicked in the lone Marriotts Ridge goal early in the second half.
Anchored by Katie Garman’s 18 saves and the solid play of Emy Nelson, Emily Talentino, Bailey Christainson and Caitlin Ohnmacht, the Mustang defense turned aside other Glenelg scoring opportunities.
Trying to find the right combination, Marriotts Ridge has been making adjustments to its lineup.
“Today’s lineup was different than we have done in any other game,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado. “What we had today was pretty effective.”
“I think we finally got it to click this game,” said Talentino.
Nelson has seen time at forward, midfield and defense this season. Defense was her forte´ against Glenelg and it drew praise from Glenelg’s coach.
“Where did she come from?” Trunzo wanted to know. “She did a fantastic job. The way she stepped up to the ball and carried the ball out [of the circle]. She was awesome.”
Although Glenelg is still unbeaten, Trunzo said her team has work to do. The Gladiators’ passes weren’t as sharp as they have been earlier in the season and they let themselves get beaten to the ball.
Gado said she was proud of what her team has done thus far this season. “The pieces are coming together. We are playing a full 60 minutes instead of playing in spurts.”
The loss was the first in county play this fall for Marriotts Ridge, leaving Glenelg as the lone undefeated team left.
Glenelg 2, Marriotts Ridge 1 (OT)
Goals: G — Gabby Rachuba 2. MR — Caroline Blalock.
Assists: G — Grace Olson, Jenny Giampalmo. MR — none.
Saves: G — Kaylin Craine 3. MR — Katie Garman 18.
Halftime: Glenelg, 1-0.
River Hill 3, Atholton 1
Goals: RH — Gaby Hamburger 3. A — Faryn Katz.
Assists: RH — Cristina Scolaro. A — Erin Dabney.
Saves: RH — Caroline Kral 13. A — Adira Colton 12.
Halftime: River Hill, 1-0.
Howard 8, Long Reach 0
Jamie Tsao had her second hat trick of the year and Maddie Land made her first appearance of the season — and scored — as Howard defeated Long Reach, 8-0.
All of the Lions’ goals were assisted.
Howard outshot Long Reach, 23-0.
Goals: Ho — Jamie Tsao 3, Annette Jarosz 2, Maddie Land, Emily Taylor, Kelsey Murray. LR — none.
Assists: Ho — Zoe Summa 2, Ashley Kuttler, Jamie Tsao, Abby Williams, Kelsey Murray, Carolina McLaughlin.
Saves: Ho — Casey Lawlor 0. LR — Taylor Novotny, 14.
Halftime: Howard, 5-0.
Severn 2, Glenelg Country School 1
Glenelg Country School received strong play from freshman attacker Kayla Rich and senior midfield captains Tokunbo Olaniyan and Julia Sheehan, but the Dragons lost to visiting Severn, 2-1, in an IAAM B Conference game.
Glenelg Country hosts John Carroll, the defending conference champion, on Oct. 11 and Annapolis Area Christian School on Oct. 14.
Goals: S — Sophie Oliver, Marah Vain-Callahan. GCS — Kayla Rich.
Assists: S — Josie Formica. GCS — Sydney Johnson.
Saves: S — Reilly Miller 2. GCS — Ishika Kathuria 8.
Halftime: tied, 1-1.
Mt. Hebron 1, Centennial 0 (OT)
Goals: MH — Olivia Inskeep. C — none.
Assists: MH — Erin Demek.
Saves: MH — Jen Schaaf 6. C — Erin Dietrich 8.
Halftime and regulation: tied 0-0.
Reservoir 12, Wilde Lake 1
Goals: Re — Sarah Nam 3, Haley Tiller 2, Michelle Armstrong, Christina Barrett, Julia Dixon, Virginia Henderson, Elena Martino, Greta Schuster (penalty stroke), Mark Kate Sisk. WL — Gabby Christopher.
Assists: Re — Haley Tiller 3, Elena Martino.
Saves: Re — Emily Fourney 0, Julia Payne 1. WL — Brittany Rotolo 19.
Halftime: Reservoir, 6-0.
Hammond 2, Oakland Mills 1