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Reservoir senior Michelle Armstrong talks about the Gators' 9-8 overtime win against rival River Hill on Friday, March 24 at Reservoir High School. Armstrong led her team with four goals on the night. (Monica D'Ippolito/BSMG)

In the last two years Reservoir and River Hill have met in the regular season, the game had gone into overtime with the Gators walking off victorious. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the result Friday nigtht was no different.

After gaining back possession at midfield, Reservoir (1-1 county, 1-1 overall) stormed down to their offensive zone where Haley Tiller found teammate Juliet King who buried the golden goal for the Gators, giving her team the 9-8 overtime victory.

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"It feels amazing to get another win on this team," said Reservoir senior Michelle Armstrong, who led the way with four goals on the night. "I remember my sophomore year coming down, getting a feed and just putting the ball in the back of the net, and then last year assisting it to Juliet and then nailing it in the back of the net. And then this year, again, a nice feed from Haley to Juliet and her nailing it in the net, and it is just a really great feeling all around. I feel like we've worked very, very hard to get to this place and this moment and we definitely succeeded."

The Gators regrouped from a tough 11-point loss against Howard in their season opener Tuesday, and jumped out in front against River Hill.

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Armstrong got her team going, scoring the first two goals of the game. Haley Tiller, who assisted Armstrong on her second score of the night, put the Gators up 3-0 with 13:50 left in the first half, while Alex Sadzewicz scored with 7:42 remaining to create a 4-1 cushion.

"It just shows that every team has an off game," Armstrong said. "Howard was our first game and Howard is a great team. We had two days after Howard to really get into practice, working really hard together and that's what we did in this game."

The Hawks (1-1, 2-1) kept battling and cut the deficit to 5-4 by the halftime break.

Gaby Hamburger scored River Hill's first goal with about 13 minutes left, which broke the Gators' 3-0 run. Devon Filippone then brought the deficit down to two after scoring off a free position with 6:40 remaining.

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Armstrong answered with her third goal of the game with about three minutes remaining, but the Hawks ended the half strong to get within one.

Hamburger won possession off the draw and immediately took it down to the offensive end and earned a shooting space call, which gave her a free position at the center hash. She buried the attempt and then proceeded to win the ensuing draw once again. She capitalized once more and cut the score, 5-4 with 2:05 left.

"They are scrappers," said River Hill coach Jay Bond. "They never quit and when odds are against them they continue to fight hard and I am proud of them."

Reservoir played well defensively despite Hamburger and the Hawks out possessing them on the circle. River Hill won 13 draw controls to just five for the Gators, but good defensive stands allowed them to maintain the lead for most of the game.

"Our defense today looked like the defense that we see in practice," said Reservoir coach P.J Harrison. "We had a little bit of trouble against Howard, tweaked a couple of things defensively and this is the team that I expected to see on Tuesday, however they really showed up big tonight. They had a lot of great plays. They were collapsing on the ball. I haven't looked at the stats, but my general feeling is that we minimized shooting space calls. Defensively we had a lot of great stands tonight, so I am really proud in the way they played, and they played really composed."

The Hawks were issued a yellow card right before the break, which gave the Gators the man-advantage to start the second half. But numbers were quickly evened, as Reservoir was also handed a yellow about a minute into the second period.

Zarah Kelleher took advantage immediately following the penalty, as she took the ball the length of the field to knot the game up at 5-all.

The pace of play was slowed down with the amount of whistles blown and yellow cards given. In all, there were seven yellow cards issued including five in the second half.

"This is a great year for us because we have a lot of seniors. They have the experience to rein it in and still maintain the intensity level, but make sure that they are playing in control," Harrison said. "I think it is tough for some of the girls sometimes to go from playing club to playing in the county because they sometimes the call it differently, so I think that I can get a little frustrating. But we've worked really hard at practice to make sure that when we lose sight of that a little bit, we can reign it back in."

Last season, Howard County saw vast changes among the coaching ranks, a new schedule alignment and ultimately crowned a new state champion in girls lacrosse.

Armstrong gave her team back the lead with 17:42 to play, and three minutes later Alex Sadzewicz added another for Reservoir, finishing a pass from Tiller with 14:22 left.

"During the second half I thought we used the clock a little bit better offensively," Harrison said. "We tried to get into some plays earlier on, work the ball and getting the routine of looking for strong opportunities to goal, and because we established that in the first half we were able to get into a little bit more freelance offense, which is what they like to do."

River Hill didn't go away, however, and added three-straight goals to take its first lead of the game.

Filippone started the rally with 10:16 to play, finishing on a free position. Then after about a three minute offensive possession Hamburger found the back of the net, tying the game up at 7 with 5:30 to go.

Kelleher won the ensuing draw for the Hawks, which resulted in another free position opportunity for Hamburger. Reservoir goalie Elizabeth Hyde made a nice save on the shot, but Hamburger picked up the rebound and netted the go-ahead goal.

"This team has demonstrated [that we] never give up," said Bond. "And I am proud of them for not giving up. This could have gone the other way just as easily, so we just will have to see them in the playoffs."

Reservoir got possession back with less than two minutes remaining. Tiller took advantage of the opportunity and put away her free position to tie the score at 8 and ultimately send the game into overtime.

River Hill went into extra time down two players due to yellow cards given, and the Gators capitalized on the 11-v-9 advantage. After Hamburger won possession off the draw, heavy pressure from a slew of Reservoir players jarred the ball loose near midfield, and then an empty-stick check call gave possession back to the Gators.

Reservoir stormed back down and settled into its offense, where Tiller immediately found King, who put away the overtime winning goal against the Hawks for the second-straight year.

"Let's be honest, we were pretty fortunate. The cards could have gone either way and we were on the more fortunate side of the foul issues tonight," Harrison said. "But when we had the break before overtime I told them what to do with the ball and just to be patient and if they kept spread, kept the cuts coming then eventually it will be there. They are a very coachable group of young women. They have great team chemistry. We have a lot of fun together and tonight that showed."

Tiller followed Armstrong offensively with two goals and two assists, while Hyde finished with six saves in net.

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Hamburger totaled five goals for the Hawks, while in goal Annie Maloney had a solid performance, coming up with 14 saves on the night.

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"It just didn't go our way," Bond said. "I'm not going to blame the call or anything. It was a hard fought game and we just came up on the short end."

Both teams are back in action Tuesday, with the Gators visiting Atholton and the Hawks traveling to Hammond.

Reservoir 9, River Hill 8 OT

Re (1-1 county, 1-1 overall), RH (1-1, 2-1)

Goals: Re — Armstrong 4, Tiller 2, Sadzewicz 1, Martino 1, King 1; RH — Hamburger 5, Filippone 2, Kelleher 1.

Assists: Re — Tiller 3.

Saves: Re — Hyde 6; RH — Maloney 14.

Halftime: 5-4, Reservoir.

Around the league:

Centennial 16, Hammond 6

Coming off a solid outing against Marriotts Ridge, the Eagles stormed out to take a commanding halftime lead against the hosting Golden Bears, which propelled their first victory of the season.

Claudia Pilcher and Rasa Welsh led the productive offensive night for Centennial, scoring four goals apiece, while Pilcher also recorded two assists on the night. The Eagles ultimately finished with seven different goal scorers in the win, while Sarah Thorman made eight saves in net.

Sophomore Jane Ridgell led Hammond with two goals.

Both teams are back home Monday in non-league play. Centennial will host reigning 3A/2A state finalist Oakdale, while the Golden Bears will take on Edgewood.

C (1-1 county, 1-1 overall), Ha (0-2, 1-2)

Goals: C — Pilcher 4, Welsh 4, Bracey 3, Lagera 2, Klomparens 1, Pistner 1, Florenzo 1; Ha — Ridgell 2, Monthe 1, Gorel 1, Lindsey 1, McClanahan 1.

Assists: C — Pilcher 2.

Saves: C — Thorman 8; Ha — Sarich 11, Edwards 4.

Halftime: 9-2, Centennial.

Baltimore City College 13, Long Reach 5

The Lightning had a strong second-half effort against the visiting Black Knights Friday, but ultimately they fell, 13-5.

After getting behind 9-1 at the half, Long Reach held Baltimore City to just four second-half goals to close the gap.

Freshman Lindsey Smith led the Lightning offensively with three goals, while Erin O'Reilly followed with one goal and two assists. Leach McClleland made 10 saves in net for Long Reach.

The Lightning are back home Tuesday when they host Glen Burnie for a 5:30 p.m. game.

LR (0-1 county, 0-2 overall)

Goals: LR — Smith 3, O'Reilly 1, Casserly 1; BCC — Morrel 5, Shafer 3, Scott 2, Shafer 1, Macdonald 1, Utzshneider 1.

Assists: LR — O'Reilly 2.

Saves: LR — McClleland 10.

Halftime: 9-1, Baltimore City College.

Glenelg 17, Howard 7

Another impressive win for the defending state champion Gladiators, as they jumped out to a 9-4 halftime lead to propel the eventual, 17-7, win over the visiting Lions.

Courtney Renehan led the way offensively for Glenelg, scoring four goals, followed by Anna Callahan (3), Jenny Giampalmo (3), Lindsay Letellier (2) and Maddy O'Brien (2). Callahan and Letellier also added two assists in the Gladiators second-straight win, while Maddie McSally made two stops in net.

Jenny Kinsey led the way for Howard, scoring six of her team's seven goals, while Jamie Tsao had the other score. Sam Sagi finished with nine saves in the cage.

Howard and Glenelg resume play Tuesday, with the Lions going on the road to play Friends and the Gladiators visiting Centennial. Both games are set for 5:30 p.m.

G (2-0 county, 2-0 overall), Ho (1-1, 1-1)

Goals: G — Renehan 4, Callahan 3, Giampalmo 3, Letellier 2, O'Brien 2, Esmond 1, Pagnotta 1, Duncan 1; Ho — Kinsey 6, Tsao 1.

Assists: G — Callahan 2, Letellier 2, Duncan 1, O'Brien 1.

Saves: G — McSally 2; Ho — Sagi 9.

Halftime: 9-4, Glenelg.

Wilde Lake 10, Edgewood 6

The Wildecats went on the road and defeated the Rams, 10-6 Friday.

Wilde Lake took a 5-3 lead at the break and continued to roll in the second half of play. Tess Kostelec had another prolific game, finishing with five goals and one assist. Katie Autbin fouled with two goals, while Julia Bohse finished with one goal and one assist.

Jenna Oler faced 24 shots against for the Wildecats, saving 18.

The Wildecats are back at home Tuesday, taking on North County for a 5:30 p.m. game.

WL (1-0 county, 2-0 overall)

Goals: WL — Kostelec 5, Aubin 2, Bohse 1, Tobias 1, Daugherty 1.

Assists: WL — Bohse 1, Kostelec 1.

Saves: WL — Oler 18.

Halftime: 5-3, Wilde Lake.

Atholton 16, Oakland Mills 2

The Raiders picked up their second win of the season Friday, defeating the visiting Scorpions, 16-2.

Ella Farris led Atholton with four goals, while Christianna Kelley followed offensively with three goals and two assists. The Raiders finished with 10 different goal scorers in the game. Madison Eaton registered three saves and Hannah Bizokas one for Atholton.

Leah Roberts and Kerry Browne netted goals for Oakland Mills, while Alex Sellman finished with eight saves in goal.

The Raiders and Scorpions are back home Tuesday, as Oakland Mills hosts Meade and Atholton takes on Reservoir for 5:20 p.m. games.

A (2-0 county, 2-1 overall), OM (0-2, 0-2)

Goals: A — Farris 4, Kelley 3, Maddox 2, Chory 1, Decelles 1, Williams 1, Beckwith 1, A. Merwitz 1, B. Merwitz 1, Burton 1; OM — Roberts 1, Browne 1.

Assists: A — Kelley 2, Farris 1, Maddox 1.

Saves: A — Eaton 3, Bizokas 1; OM — Sellman 8.

Halftime: 13-1, Atholton.

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