Marriotts Ridge looked impressive in its 16-5 win over South River Tuesday, especially on the defensive end.
The Mustangs (1-0 county, 2-0 overall) caused 16 turnovers in the game and allowed just 12 shots on goal en route to the home opening victory.
"I think we came out knowing that last year's game, we played intense, we played tough and we won by a lot, and we knew this year didn't mean it wasn't going to be the same way," said Marriotts Ridge coach Amanda Brady. "So we went in with the mentality of, 'new year, new game,' and playing tough defense. We talked about the fundamentals defensively, focusing on the one-v-ones, sticks up, playing good body position and causing turnovers and that is exactly what they did."
The Seahawks (1-0, 2-1) won the opening draw, but a great defensive stand led to a Victoria Hensh goal shortly after to give the Mustangs the quick, 1-0, lead.
Hayleigh Simpson upped Marriotts Ridge's advantage to 2-0, but Kassidy Bresnahan answered by netting South River's first score about four minutes later.
However, the Mustangs started piling on to their lead from there.
The Seahawks won control of the ball on the following two draws, but Marriotts Ridge caused turnovers on both their offensive possessions, which resulted in goals on the other end by Simpson and Hensh.
Caroline Blalock made the score 5-1 midway through the first half after finishing on a free position, and six minutes later Lily Kennedy added her first goal of the day to extend the cushion, 6-1, with 6:34 remaining before the break.
"Their speed, they are very, very fast," said Seahawks coach Caroline Cochran. "Which is great for us. It is a great learning experience for us. We're a young team and they are only going to make us better, so when we go back into county to play an athletic team really is an advantage when we come to playoff time when we get there."
Eloise Clevenger, Hensh and Kennedy all added goals right before halftime to earn the Mustangs a 9-2 advantage.
Marriotts Ridge didn't let up after the break, as it won the first three draw controls, which led to quick scores by Simpson, Hensh and Sydney Bender within the first two minutes of the second half.
South River ended the run with 16:35 remaining. After winning possession off the draw, Jara Mtlick found Madeline Lenkart on the ensuing offensive set to cut the deficit, 12-3.
"I was really happy with the attitude of our team," Cochran said. "It is definitely difficult to be down, and at the end of the game that is one thing that we are trying to take pride in this year is to keep our attitudes great throughout the entire game. So I am really happy with the way we handled our selves and kept composure."
Kennedy gave the Mustangs back the 10-point cushion about two minutes later off a free position, and then added another after putting away a feed from Bender.
But the most impressive play came late in the half by the Mustangs defense.
Playing with a man-down after a yellow card given to Blalock, the Mustangs settled in and force back-to-back turnovers on the Seahawks offensive sets. Erin Cooke took advantage in transition and scored the short-handed goal, with Caitlin Ohnmacht picking up the assist on the play.
"We were just so proud of them because we've been working on man down situations in practice and for them mentally to realize they are capable of causing turnovers even being man down was a big win for us overall, just moving forward into the season," Brady said. "We're proud of them for that, but we also know that's one game, done and over with. We're moving on."
Alexis Grant scored off a free position to end the Mustangs 3-0 run and Hailey Maranto added one more for the Seahawks as time expired to solidify the, 16-5 score.
"We definitely need more practice time," Cochran said. "We didn't execute the things we've been practicing and just listening and communicating with one another is going to be key as we head into our county season."
Jordan Kahler recorded nine saves for South River, while Olivia Ranta made five stops for Marriotts Ridge.
Kennedy and Hensh led the way offensively with four goals apiece, while Simpson finished with three and Cooke added two goals and one assist.
"South River is a great team. We knew going into it it wasn't going to be easy," Brady added. "I felt like all game the scoreboard never really looked the way it was on the field. They are a great team and getting a quality win like that against a team like South River I think is a confidence boost and something we need moving forward."
Next up for the Mustangs is Atholton at home Thursday, while the Seahawks are back on the road Friday against Southern.
The Gladiators rolled to their third straight victory Tuesday, handily defeating the hosting Eagles, 22-5.
Glenelg had 12 different goal scorers in the game, along with 13 assists on 22 of its goals.
Alayna Pagnotta led the Gladiators with six goals, while Lindsay Letellier recorded nine assists to go along with her two goals on the day. Maddie McSally and Kylie Haynie split time in net and finished with three and one saves, respectively.
Claudia Pilcher (three goals, one assist) and Marisa Lagera (two goals) led Centennial offensively, while Sarah Thorman finished with 12 saves in net.
Centennial is back home after a long hiatus, taking on Reservoir for a 5:30 p.m. game on April 5, while Glenelg hosts Liberty in its next contest on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
G (3-0 county, 3-0 overall), C (2-2, 2-2)
Goals: G — Pagnotta 6, Dillard 2, L. Letellier 2, Callahan 2, Renehan 2, Esmond 1, Giampalmo 1, O'Brien 1, LePage 1, Duncan 1, E. Letellier 1, Cipolla 1; C — Pilcher 3, Lagera 2.
Assists: G —L. Letellier 9, Callahan 2, Renehan 1, Pagnotta 1; C — Grable 1, Pilcher 1.
Saves: G — McSally 3, Hayne 1; C — Thorman 12.
Halftime: 12-2, Glenelg.
Long Reach 14, Glen Burnie 11
The Lightning won their first game of the season Tuesday, defeating the visiting Gophers, 14-11.
Freshman Lindsey Smith led the way for Long Reach, scoring a team-high six goals. Erin O'Reilly followed with three goals and an assist, while Angelina Casserly and Dumebi Adigwe each added two goals apiece.
Leach McClelland had a solid day in the cage for the Lightning, recording 10 saves in the win.
Long Reach hit the road Friday, taking on Reservoir for a 5:30 p.m. matchup.
Goals: LR — Smith 6, Reilly 3, Casserly 2, Adigwe 2, Rivera-Martinez 1.
Assists: LR — Reilly 1.
Saves: LR — McClelland 10.
Reservoir 14, Atholton 2
The Gators won their second-straight county game Tuesday after defeating the hosting Raiders, 14-2.
Reservoir took the, 5-1, advantage after getting goals from Alex Sadzewicz, Michelle Armstrong, Sarah Nam and Kendall Green, while Violet Flores netted Atholton's lone goal of the half.
Sadzewicz ultimately led all scorers with four goals, while Green followed with three and Sarah Nam two. Greta Schuster added a goal and two assists for Reservoir, while Haley Tiller chipped in with one goal and an assist, and Elizabeth Hyde recorded 10 saves in net.
Ella Farris scored the Raiders second goal, while Maddy Eaton finished with nine saves.
Atholton is back in action Thursday against Marriotts Ridge, while Reservoir will host Long Reach on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Re (2-1 county, 2-1 overall), A (2-1, 2-2)
Goals: Re — Sadzewicz 4, Green 3, Nam 2, Armstrong 1, Tiller 1, Martino 1, Schuster 1, Petrusky 1; A — Farris 1, Flores 1.
The Hawks collected their second county win of the season on Tuesday, defeating the hosting Golden Bears 22-13.
Jane Ridgell led Hammond with five goals, while Gaby Hamburger, Zarah Kelleher and Devon Filippone paced River Hill. Hamburger finished with five goals and an assist, while Kelleher and Filippone followed with six and five goals, respectively.
Madison Craney made the start in goal for the Hawks and finished with four saves. Sarich made 17 stops in the cage for the Golden Bears.
River Hill is back on the road Friday against Mt. Hebron for a 7 p.m. game, while Hammond will resume play April 5 at Meade.