With the bulk of its roster absent for the opening round game of the Gay Petrlick Memorial Tournament against Patapsco Saturday, Hammond saw numerous JV call ups step up and help earn the, 16-15, win.
“I thought they did well,” said Golden Bears coach Bill Smith, whose team improved to 3-2 overall with the victory. “There was a couple that surprised us… but we have enough depth now that some of the JV girls can step in and help us.”
Hammond took a 2-0 lead at the start of the game, with Aryss Lindsey scoring back-to-back goals off rebounds on free position opportunities.
The Patriots, playing with just 11 players on the day, responded with two consecutive scores to tie the game at two. They kept pace with the Golden Bears throughout the game, and knotted the score three times before Carli Abt gave them their first lead with 3:10 remaining in the half.
Abt added another score shortly after, which was followed with a free position goal by Katie Brown to extend the Patriots advantage to three with less than a minute left.
However, with 41 seconds to spare Amirah Hewitt ended Patapsco’s 5-0 run after putting away her shot from the center hash to cut the deficit, 9-7, at the break.
“I thought our transitions did really well,” said Patriots coach Savannah Clough. “We really looked for the open players. We definitely got shut down on rolling the crease, and that’s our hot spot. But I think they did really well, they worked together as a team.”
Hammond came out strong defensively in the following 25 minutes. Patapsco won three straight draw controls to start the second half, but two defensive stands led to transition goals by Rachel Hall and Lindsey, with Jane Ridgell assisting on both plays.
“Coming into the game we were really nervous because a lot of our defenders are gone and it was really hard because most of the JV [players] were working as a defender, so we really had to communicate, which is what we talked about before the game,” Ridgell said. “It felt really good to know that we worked better as a team than we normally have, especially on transitions and getting the ball down the field, getting open.”
Followed by a free position goal by Brown, the Golden Bears regained the lead after back-to-back scores from Ridgell on a free position and Hall again in transition.
“With them not having subs part of the deal was to keep pushing the pace, and this group, even when we’re at full strength, I think one of strengths is to push it,” Smith said. “But I was most pleased was when we were settled, seeing the girl.”
With about 10 minutes remaining Hayle Kyte rolled the crease and put away her shot to get the Patriots within one.
Lindsey, however, pushed Hammond’s lead to three with 3:44 remaining, and the Patriots showed resiliency to add two more scores within the final 40 seconds, but ultimately could not complete the rally.
“We didn’t expect to be doing this well considering how many people are gone, and so I am really hyped for our next game,” Ridgell said. “We definitely had to step up more and had more scorers than we normally do. We definitely shared the ball better than we normally do in regular varsity games with our whole team and I think we did really well.”
Ridgell led her team with three goals and four assists. Lindsey followed with four goals and two assists, while Hall finished with four scores.
Abt led the Patriots with four goals, while Kyte, Candice Sharpe and Brown followed with three apiece. Dersha Horrey had a strong game in net for the Patriots, as she finished with 10 saves.
“She’s only a sophomore and we pulled her up just for today and she killed the game. She did such a great job,” Clough added. “I really want to see them spread around the eight and work the ball around, because we had some dropped passes and some pipe shots, which really hurt us in the end.”
Pataspco had another narrow loss against Meade in its second game of the day Saturday, losing 10-8.
Meanwhile, in the final game of the afternoon, Hammond defeated the Mustangs in a rematch from its March 23 contest where the Golden Bears took the slight, 12-10, victory.
On Saturday Hammond once again came out on top, defeating Meade, 16-9, to clinch the tournament victory for the second consecutive year.
Aryss Lindsey and Rachel Hall led the Golden Bears with four goals apiece, while Lindsey also chipped in with two assists. Jane Ridgell followed with three goals and a team-high four assists in the win.
Hammond 16, Patapsco 15
Ha (0-2 county, 3-2 overall)
Goals: Ha — Hall 4, Lindsey 4, Ridgell 3, Bramble 2, Hewitt 1, Thompson Richards 1; P — Abt 4, Kyte 3, Sharpe 3, Brown 3, Romine 1, Smith.
Assists: Ha — Ridgell 4, Lindsey 2; P —Romine 1.
Saves: Ha — Shah 2, Joseph 2; P — Horrey 10.
Halftime: 9-7, Patapsco.
Hammond 16, Meade 9
Ha (0-2 county, 4-2 overall)
Goals: Ha —Lindsey 4, Hall 4, Ridgell 3, Bramble 2, Hewitt 1, Richards 1, Thompson 1; Heritage 4, Brooks 2, Patel 2
Assists: Ha — Ridgell 4, Lindsey 2
Around the league:
Glenelg Country 13, Catonsville 6
Coming off back-to-back on-goal victories, the Dragons responded with a convincing win over the visiting Comets Saturday.
Glenelg Country jumped out to an, 8-2, halftime lead to propel the eventual seven-point victory.
Alyssa Arnold led the way offensively for the Dragons, recording three goals and an assist. Bobbie Haney finished with a team-high two assists, while Avery Dyer had another big day in net, totaling 13 saves in the win.
GCS (4-1 IAAM A, 8-1 overall)
Goals: GCS — Arnold 3, Ahearn 2, Glaros 2, Marshall 2, Norsworthy 2, O’Leary 2; Ca — Wood 3, Weedon 1, Marion 1, Stevens 1.
Assists: GCS — Haney 2, Arnold 1, Sheehan 1.
Saves: GCS — Dyer 13; Ca — 14.
Halftime: 8-2, Glenelg Country.