Heading into its season-opener Tuesday against Mt. Hebron, Glenelg wanted to keep its momentum going from last season's state title run — and it did.
The Gladiators continued their dominant stretch, defeating the visiting Vikings 15-4 after getting out to an early 10-0 lead.
"What we talked about executing today was level 10 mentality," said Glenelg junior midfielder Anna Callahan. "Coming into tryouts, coming into the season coach Alex [Pagnotta] and coach [Nicole] Trunzo has been really emphasizing that level 10 maximum effort and mentality. I think we had personally during practice been executing that to a T and during this game I think we honestly stepped it up. Hebron is an amazing team, just as every team in our region and section is, so I believe this will be a tough year for us and we've been working very hard."
Callahan capitalized off of the Gladiators early possessions off the draw, scoring the game's first three goals, all of which came off free positions. Jenny Giampalmo, who helped Glenelg win six of nine draw controls in the first half, scored off a free position with about 20 minutes to go in the half to push the cushion to five.
Mt. Hebron then kept the Gladiators scoreless until Lindsey LeTellier's goal with about 12 minutes to play.
Maddy O'Brien, Georgia Esmond, Alayna Pagnotta, Olivia LePage and Callahan each added a goal before the break to extend the lead to 10.
"From our very first meeting we talked about starting fast," said Glenelg coach Alex Pagnotta. "We're not worried about when we're going to peak we just want to maximize our potential and we feel like we can start where we left off. With enough returners in there we have enough offense and defense in that we can just keep cleaning it up, just really work on our conditioning and skills and keep pushing what we already have in."
The Vikings kept fighting until the halftime whistle sounded and added a goal before break. With 10 seconds remaining Lindsey Connell got inside the Gladiators defense and snuck her shot past goalie Maddie McSally to cut the deficit to nine.
"We really just emphasized the importance of valuing possession and I think our midfielders were the champions of the game," said Vikings coach Lindsay Menton. "That is a tough spot to be in and they were doing a lot of up and back, as well as picking up in the second half for us, getting us some of those possessions that allowed us to capitalize."
Callahan netted her fifth goal of the afternoon with about 17 minutes to play in the second half and O'Brien added on about two minutes later to push the lead to 12.
MeganPallozzi scored another Vikings goal with 13 minutes left, capitalizing off a free position on the right center hash. Courtney Renehan and Leanne Duncan answered for Glenelg, netting their team's final two goals of the game. But Ellie Miller ended the afternoon strong for Mt. Hebron, scoring on back-to-back possessions to cut the score to 15-4.
"You strive to play competition that is going to make you better and I think there is a lot of things that I certainly admire about that team that we can kind of look to mimic in our play," said Vikings coach Lindsay Menton after the game. "I think that especially in the beginning there we kind of get in a hole quick, but I think we were definitely challenging them on their offensive end and making them work for the goals that they got. But I think you definitely got to see the positive, take it and move forward."
Callahan led Glenelg with five goals, followed by O'Brien and LeTellier who each netted two. LeTellier and Esmond added two assists apiece, while Maddie McSally made seven saves in net.
"I think I am a hard coach to impress and it is early in the season, and what they have impressed me the most with is how they work and how willing they are to work hard, so it's been good," Pagnotta said. "I thought defense — we were actually running two different defenses down there and they were switching in and out of it. For the first time doing that I thought they did a great job, and then offensively our goal and our theme is to play fast and they did that. I didn't want them to worry about mistakes, especially once they got up. I wanted them to continue the speed. If mistakes happen, there's not going to be any pressure from me at that point because if we learn to play fast now then by the time the end of the season I don't know what we'll look like at that point."
After the game Menton was pleased with the way her defense performed, considering the amount of time spent on that side of the field.
"I think we really amped it up in the second half," Menton added. "Defensively, you never want to see 15 on the other side of the scoreboard but I think again, considering the time we were on defense we saw a lot of really good sets and really good team defense, so a lot there that we can work with moving forward."
Glenelg 15, Mt. Hebron 4
G (1-0 county, 1-0 overall), MH (0-1, 0-1)
Goals: G — Callahan 5, O'Brien 2, L. Letellier 2, Esmond 1, Giampalmo 1, Renehan 1, Pagnotta 1, LePage 1, Duncan 1; MH — Miller 2, Connell 1, Pallozzi 1.
Assists: G — Esmond 2, Duncan 2, Renehan 1, L. Letellier 1.
Saves: G — McSally 7; MH — Schaaf 6.
Halftime: 10-1, Glenelg.
Marriotts Ridge 13, Centennial 7 (Tuesday, March 21)
The Mustangs jumped out to a 9-3 halftime advantage Tuesday against the hosting Eagles, which propelled the 14-7 season-opening victory.
Centennial played well against the defending county champions and had a solid outing from goalie Sarah Thorman, who recorded 13 in her debut.
The Eagles had six different goal scorers in the game with Claudia Pilcher and Laurie Bracey leading the way offensively. Pilcher finished with a team-high two goals, while Bracey recorded one goal and an assist.
Lily Kennedy paced Marriotts Ridge, which had seven different goal-scorers on the afternoon, with three goals and an assist. Caroline Blalock also added three goals, while Eloise Clevenger, Hayleigh Simpson and Sarah Blalock each added two scores. Sophomore Olivia Ranta registered eight saves for the Mustangs.
Marriotts Ridge has a full week off before its next matchup when it hosts South River on March 28. Centennial, however, hits the road Friday to face Hammond for a 7 p.m. game.
MR (1-0 county, 1-0 overall), C (0-1, 0-1)
Goals: MR — C. Blalock 3, Kennedy 3, E. Clevenger 2, Simpson 2, S. Blalock 2, Sullivan 1, Hensh 1; C — Pilcher 2, Bracey 1, Florenzo 1, Lagera 1, Pistner 1, Welsh 1.
Assists: MR — Hensh 1, Kennedy 1, Cooke 1; C — Bracey 1.
Saves: MR — Ranta 8; C — Thorman 13.
Halftime: 8-3, Marriotts Ridge.
Atholton 13, Hammond 10 (Tuesday, March 21)
The Raiders earned the season-opening win Tuesday, as they limited the Golden Bears to just one second half goal, which propelled the, 13-10 victory.
Freshman Olivia Chory had a terrific varsity debut, leading Atholton with three goals in the game. Christianna Kelley, Jillian Williams and Pagie Gryski all added two goals apiece for the Raiders, while Kelley recorded the team's lone assist.
Hannah Bizokas made the start for the Raiders and registered one save, while Maddy Eaton entered in the second half and finished with six saves in the win.
Atholton is back in action Wednesday, as it hosts Westminster for a 5:30 p.m. game, while Hammond is home Friday against Centennial at 7 p.m.
A (1-0 county, 1-0 overall), Ha (0-1, 0-1)
Goals: A — Chory 3, Kelley 2, Williams 2, Farris 2, Gryski 2, Beckwith 1, Merwitz 1.
Assists: A — Kelley 1.
Saves: A — Bizokas 1, Eaton 6.
River Hill 21, Oakland Mills 0 (Tuesday, March 21)
The Hawks picked up the home-opening victory Tuesday, defeating the visiting Scorpions, 21-0.
Gaby Hamburger led the Hawks with five goals, while Zarah Jamaloodeen recorded four goals and four assists in the win.
River Hill is on the road on Wednesday, taking on Old Mill for a 5:30 p.m. matchup, while Oakland Mills will visit Atholton on Friday for a 7p.m. game.
RH (1-0 county, 1-0 overall), OM (0-1, 0-1)
Goals: RH — Hamburger 5, Jamaloodeen 4, Brunett 3, Filippone 3, Bae 2, Margolis 2, Essman 1, Seybold 1.
Assists: RH — Brunett 4, Essman 4, Jamaloodeen 4, Hamburger 2, Reeves 2, Filioppone 1.
Saves: RH — Maloney 3, Hawes 1.
Halftime: 12-0, River Hill.
Wilde Lake 14, Long Reach 6 (Tuesday, March 21)
The visiting Wildecats pulled away in the second half against the Lightning Tuesday, to take the 14-6 season opening win.
Long Reach kept the game close with Wilde Lake taking the slight, 3-2, advantage at the half.
Tess Kostelec led the Wildecats with five goals, while Julia Bohse, Tori Tobias followed with three and two goals, respectively. Maureen Osei added an assist in the outing, while Jenna Oler saved 11 of 17 shots against.
Long Reach freshman Lindsey Smith had a breakout varsity debut, pacing her team with three goals on the afternoon. Stephanie Diaz, Alex Rivera and Erin O'Reilly each added a goal for the Lightning, while Leah McClelland made seven saves in net.
"It was a great first game for Long Reach, and I am super happy with how my girls played, especially in the first half," said Long Reach coach Amanda Durso. "A lot of players really stepped up today and although we have things that we need to work on, it was a very promising first game of the season."
The Lightning and Wildecats are back in action Friday, with Long Reach hosting Baltimore City College at 4 p.m. and Wilde Lake visiting Edgewood at 5 p.m.
WL (1-0 county, 1-0 overall), LR (0-1, 0-1)
Goals: WL — Kostelec 5, Aubin 4, Tobias 2; LR — Smith 3, Diaz 1, Rivera 1, O'Reilly 1.
Assists: WL — Osei 1.
Saves: LR — McClelland 7; WL — Oler 11.
Halftime: 3-2, Wilde Lake.
Howard 15, Reservoir 4 (Tuesday, March 21)
The Lions jumped out to an early 7-3 halftime advantage Tuesday against the hosting Gators and earned the home-opening 15-4 victory.
Senior Jenny Kinsey led Howard offensively, contributing on eight of her team's 15 goals in the afternoon after finishing with four goals and four saves. Jaime Tsao and Leah Spaulding also netted four goals, while Kelly Schluederberg followed with two. Jess Vetter added a goal and two assists in the game. In net Sam Sagi made 13 saves for Howard, while in the circle senior Emileigh Scott won 10 draw controls for the Lions.
Haley Tiller led the way for Reservoir, scoring three goals, while Alex Sadzewicz added a score and Kendall Green an assist.
Both teams are back in action Friday for 7 p.m. games. Howard will visit Glenelg, while the Gators will host River Hill.
Ho (1-0 county, 1-0 overall), Re (0-1, 0-1)
Goals: Ho —Tsao 4, Kinsey 4, Spaulding 4, Schluederberg 2, Vetter 1; Tiller 3, Sadzewicz 1.
Assists: Ho — Kinsey 4, Vetter 2, Pead 1; Green 1.
Saves: Ho — Sagi 13.
Halftime: 7-3, Howard.
Glenelg Country 12, Severn 6 (Friday, March 17)
The Dragons started their first season in the IAAM A conference with an impressive win over Severn on the road Friday.
Glenelg Country took a 7-2 lead at halftime and had seven different goal scorers in the game. Shay Ahearn, Alyssa Arnold, Lindsey Marshall and Julia Sheehan each had two goals apiece, while Arnold added three assists on the day. Avery Dyer made 10 saves in net for the Dragons.
GCS (1-0 IAAM A, 1-0), Severn (0-1 IAAM A, 0-1)
Goals: GCS — Ahearn 2, Arnold 2, Haney 2, Marshall 2, Sheehan 2, Ayer 1, Glaros 1
Assists: GCS — Arnold 3, Ahearn 1, Glaros 1.
Saves: GCS — Dyer 10.
Halftime: 7-2, Glenelg Country.
FCA 13, Chapelgate 7 (Friday, March 10)
The Yellowjackets started off the season at Frederick Christian Academy and played a great second half after getting down by eight early.
Jenna Winand led Chapelgate with three goals, followed by Kate Rolewicz and Sydney Carnock who each scored two goals apiece. Gabby Litte made 13 saves for the Yellowjackets in her season debut.
"The girls played a fantastic second half," said Chapelgate coach Judie Puckett. "They came out a different team. They came together, worked hard and played a tremendous second half despite very, very cold, windy and snowy conditions."
FCA (1-0), Chapelgate (0-1)
Goals: C — Winand 3, Rolewicz 2, Carnock 2.
Saves: C — Litte 13.