Marriotts Ridge held off a Glenelg second-half rally Tuesday, coming out with the 9-7 victory and remaining undefeated in county play.
“It was awesome on our senior day, it just made our senior day even more special,” said Mustangs senior defender Leah Zadjura after the win. “We’ve been really working on making turnovers with the backer and just playing really hard, up in them I guess. We really worked hard today and it just really worked out well.”
After honoring seniors, Zadjura, Carly Miller, Kelly Colegrove Lexi Souder and Annalise Lower – all of whom will play lacrosse collegiately next spring – before the game, Marriotts Ridge (6-0, 12-1) stormed out and took an early 3-0 lead.
Miller got the Mustangs on the board first, finishing a feed from Lily Kennedy three minutes in. Miller assisted on the following goal, finding Lower for her first of the day. Sarah Blalock capped off the run, ripping a shot from the center hash on a free position with about 15 minutes left in the half.
Glenelg (5-1, 10-3) had a difficult time establishing anything on offense, coming away with just two shots on net in the first 25 minutes. Marriotts Ridge played stout defensively, causing numerous turnovers, which helped facilitate the first-half cushion.
“(I was) really impressed,” said Mustangs coach Amanda Brady. “Leah Zadjura coming up with multiple reads of the play and able to take care of the ground ball or the interception. I think the caused turnovers defensively were key to this win.”
Rachel Scheinberg finally put the Gladiators on the board, finishing off a nice feed from Georgia Esmond with 2:46 remaining before halftime. However Marriotts Ridge netted one more score before the break, as Blalock found Lower who finished her goal with eight seconds to spare – extending the Mustangs lead, 4-1.
Marriotts Ridge built off its first-half momentum and won the first two draws of the second period, capitalizing with back-to-back scores from Souder and Hayleigh Simpson.
Esmond ended the run, as she put away a pass from Maddy O’Brien five minutes later to add Glenelg’s second of the game. But Marriotts Ridge followed with another pair of goals, this time from Blalock and Souder, which gave the Mustangs their largest lead, 8-2 with 14:45 remaining.
With the deficit ballooning to six, Gladiators coach Ginger Kincaid called a timeout and regrouped her team. The break helped Glenelg immensely, as it followed with 4-0 run in the last 13 minutes.
“We’ve been battling all season trying to keep everyone healthy and keep everyone on the field and we’re still a couple players down, so we had to do some finagling to figure out the best lineup to get on the field to try and matchup a little bit,” Kincaid said. “You come here and you play a little scared at first like you can’t do anything and once they started figuring out that they could penetrate their defense then they were on a roll.”
Alayna Pagnotta started the offensive surge for Glenelg, with Jenny Giampalmo following a few minutes later, as she capitalized on a man-up advantage after a Marriotts Ridge yellow card. Esmond tacked on another about 60 seconds later, finishing a feed from Julia Salandra. Salandra then tallied a goal with 10:38 remaining and cut the deficit, 8-6.
Renehan capped off the run with six minutes left in regulation, but it was Carrie Henson who was the catalyst on the play, as the junior defender caused a Mustangs turnover and got her team started in transition. Renehan did the honors on the offensive end, putting away a free position and getting Glenelg within one.
“We weren’t getting the draw control. We weren’t getting possession,” Zadjura said of the Gladiators 4-0 rally. “I just think it was the draw controls (that’s) what we needed.”
After losing the pervious four draws, Marriotts Ridge picked up the ensuing draw control and immediately capitalized. Blalock picked up the assist, finding Kennedy cutting through the eight, who buried her shot weak side to put her team back up by two.
Glenelg had a prime opportunity to get back within one, but freshman goalie Olivia Ranta came up with a tremendous stop.
Pagnotta was given a free position on the center hash and Esmond stood open near the crease with two minutes and 25 seconds remaining. Pagnotta immediately passed it off to Esmond who tried sneaking her shot low past Ranta, but the freshman got down and made the save, preserving the two-goal advantage.
“It was huge," Brady said. "We both just looked at each other on the sideline – the coaches, we were all like, ‘wow that was a great save.’ She played big. She definitely hasn’t been playing like a freshman.”
Marriotts Ridge clung onto the ball in the final minutes, eating time off the clock and ultimatley came away with the two-point win
“I think we were tired. I think both teams were tired, but I think Glenelg is a really good team and give them credit for making that run,” Brady said. “I’m just proud of them for handling the pressure that was thrown at us and taking care of the possession when it counted the most.”
Lower, Blalock and Souder all finished with two goals for the Mustangs, while Blalock also added an assist, with Miller and Kennedy each finishing with one goal and one assist in the win. Ranta ended the day with five saves.
Esmond led Glenelg offensively, recording three goals, while Salandra followed offensively with one goal and one assist. Maddie McSally played well in net and finished with nine stops.
“We really ran out of time. If we would have been able to start to do that in the first half we probably would have done a little bit better coming back,” Kincaid added. “But this puts us in a really good position because we’ll probably finish in the two, three range in the section, which means we won’t have a bye in the first round which is fine with us because that gives us another game to grow up a little bit. We’re looking forward to the playoffs, because I think we have a lot to bring.”
Marriotts Ridge (6-0, 12-1) 9, Glenelg (4-2, 10-3) 7 (Tuesday, May 3)
Goals: MR – Lower 2, S. Blalock 2, Souder 2, Kennedy 1, Miller 1, Simpson 1; G. Esmond 3, Giampalmo 1, Renehan 1, Pagnotta 1, Salandra 1.
Assists: MR – Kennedy 1, Miller 1, S. Blalock 1; G – O’Brien 1, Salandra 1.
Saves: MR – Ranta 5; G – McSally 9.
Halftime: 4-1 Marriotts Ridge.
Howard (4-2, 9-4) 10, Mt. Hebron (5-1, 10-2) 9 OT (Tuesday, May 2)
The Lions earned a statement win Tuesday, handing the hosting Vikings their first county loss of the season after the 10-9 overtime win.
It is the first time Howard has ever beaten Mt. Hebron. In fact, only Marriotts Ridge, Centennial and Glenelg have ever defeated the Vikings in county play – until Tuesday.
The Lions stormed out to a 7-4 halftime lead, and controlled the the tempo early. However like the Viking have done all season, they showed resiliency and climbed back from the hole.
Mt. Hebron forced Howard into numerous turnovers in the last six minutes or so, allowing the Vikings to inch back toward the lead.
Mt. Hebron has had a knack of coming back from early deficits, but unlike its previous outcomes, the Vikings could not complete the comeback.
Jenny Kinsey put away the game-winner for the Lions, thanks to an assist from senior Ella Orzechowski.
Grace Regal led Howard with three goals, while Kendal Wells and Katie Martin followed with two goals apiece. Kinsey and Orzechowski each finished with one goal and two assists, while in net, Sam Sagi registered nine saves in the outing.
Emileigh Scott did well on the draws, winning nine throughout the game.
Erin Demek led the Vikings with three goals and one assist, while Ellie Miller finished with two goals and Lexi Arens totaling one goal and two assists. Jen Schaaf finished with 10 saves in goal.
Howard and Mt. Hebron cap off its season’s Friday, as the Lions host Atholton for a 7 p.m. matchup, while the Vikings host rival Marriotts Ridge for an early 5 p.m. matchup with a double-header with the boys.
Goals: Ho – Regal 3, Wells 2, Martin 2, Kinsey 1, Orzechowski 1, Vetter 1; MH – Demek 3, Miller 2, Arens 1, Larson 1, Pallozzi 1, Stevens 1.
Assists: Ho – Kinsey 2, Orzechowski 2, Tsao 1, Schluederberg 1; MH – Arens 2, Demek 1.
Saves: Ho – Sagi 9; MH – Schaaf 10.
Halftime: 7-4 Howard.
Atholton (7-3, 8-3) 20, Wilde Lake (2-5, 5-4) 5 (Tuesday, May 2)
The Raiders added another win to an already successful week.
Coming off a come-from-behind overtime win against Winters Mill Monday, Atholton ran away with its fourth consecutive victory Tuesday, defeating the hosting Wildecats, 20-5.
Wilde Lake kept it close in the first half, trailing by just two at the break. But the Wildecats were hit with a yellow toward the end of the first half and the Raiders took advantage, rattling off three goals early in the second and pushing their lead further.
The Wildecats struggled offensively, as junior Tess Kostelec was the main beneficiary, totaling a team-high four goals. Senior Kate Glaros notched the other Wilde Lake score.
The Wildecats won about nine balls off the draw, but only managed two draw control wins in the second half, which proved to be the difference as the Raiders dominated possession for the majority of the game.
“It was all about draw possession and transition, which we were definitely on top of in the first half,” said Wilde Lake coach Mike Rhodovi. “When we were on offense in the second (half) we still had some quality time of possession, but we didn’t finish. We did not capitalize on four eight-meter shots we received and in this game you have to bank every one of those you get.”
Junior Jenna Oler faced 36 shots against and finished with 14 saves for the Wildecats.
Atholton received balanced scoring throughout, but senior KK Shepherd had the most prolific day, totaling six goals, while Rachel Foster (five goals, one assist), Emma Johnson (four goals) and Meaghan Quinn (three goals, seven assists) followed offensively. Junior attacker Erin Dabney also tallied four assists in the outing, while Foster, a junior, notched her 100th career goal in the game.
Both teams conclude its season’s Friday, with Wilde Lake taking on Oakland Mills and Atholton facing off against Howard. Both matchups are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Goals: A – Shepherd 6, Foster 5, Johnson 4, M. Quinn 3, Gryski 1, Martin 1; WL – Kostelec 4, Glaros 1.
Assists: A – M. Quinn 7, Dabney 4, Farris 1, Flynn 1, Martin 1, Foster 1; WL – Moore 1, Glaros 1.
Saves: A – Bizokas 6; WL – Oler 14.
Centennial (4-6, 5-7) 18, Oakland Mills (0-7, 1-10) 0 (Tuesday, May 2)
Despite losing a couple games as of late, the Eagles have played well throughout and on Tuesday earned a much-deserved win, defeating the visiting Scorpions, 18-0.
Centennial kept Oakland Mills scoreless in the outing, while offensively getting a balanced attack that featured 11 different goal-scorers and 16 team-assists.
Senior Devin McIntyre led the charge with four goals and three assists, followed by senior Samantha Courtemanche who finished with three goals and four assists. Senior Peyton Conley added two goals and two assists, while seniors Megan Oliver and Allie Durkee tallied one goal and two assists each on the day. Senior Izzie Chausse started the game in net for the Eagles. She didn’t record a save but in the following 25 minutes while playing in the field, recorded two goals. Junior Jenna Dietrich played the second half in goal and registered one stop.
Freshman Alex Sellman totaled four saves for Oakland Mills.
Centennial ends its regular season Friday at River Hill, while the Scorpions host Wilde Lake. Both matchups are scheduled for 7 p.m.
Goals: C – McIntyre 4, Courtemanche 3, Conley 2, Chausse 2, Bracey 1, Fairley 1, Griffin 1, Lagera 1, Oliver 1, Pilcher 1, Durkee 1.
Assists: C – Courtemanche 4, McIntyre 3, Oliver 2, Conley 2, Durkee 2, Chausse 1, Fairley 1, Lagera 1.
Halftime: 10-0 Centennial
Saves: C – Dietrich 1; OM – Sellman 4.
Reservoir (6-4, 7-4) 17, Hammond (3-4, 6-6) 3 (Tuesday, May 2)
The Gators extended their winning streak Tuesday, handily defeating the hosting Golden Bears, 17-3.
Reservoir had its way throughout the 14-point victory, holding the Hammond scoreless in the second half after churning out a 13-3 advantage at the break.
Junior Haley Tiller led the way with four goals, followed by Juliet King and Michelle Armstrong who finished with three goals apiece. Senior Megan Lieb tallied two goals and two assists, while sophomore Elena Martino registered a team-high three assists.
Senior Zoe Pekins (two goals) and freshman Jane Ridgell (one goal) led the Golden Bears offensively.
The Gators final game of the regular season is Thursday, as they will host Glenelg at 5:30 p.m., while the Golden Bears conclude their season Friday against Long Reach at 7 p.m.
Goals: Re – Tiller 4, King 3, Armstrong 3, Lieb 2, Sadzewicz 2, Schuster 2, Guchait 1; Ha – Pekins 2, Ridgell 1.
Assists: Re – Martino 3, Lieb 2.
Saves: Re – Hyde 2.
Halftime: 13-3 Reservoir.
River Hill (4-6, 4-8) 15, Long Reach (1-7, 1-11) 4 (Tuesday, May 2)