Wilde Lake couldn't overcome an 11-point halftime deficit against River Hill, and ultimately suffered its second straight defeat as the Hawks handed the Wildecats a 15-7 loss in their home opener Tuesday.
"I don't know, we dug ourselves a really big hole in the beginning and we just weren't on our game," said Wilde Lake coach Mike Rhodovi. "I don't know what's happening in the last week, but we just haven't been on our game. Second half – I'm a pretty good motivational speaker I guess, I don't know. (We) won the second half. I think we outscored them, (6-3) in the second half. We dug a pretty deep hole. (River Hill was) well polished (and) they looked good. (We) won the second half, but the second half doesn't win the game. There are two halves."
The Wildecats opened with the game's first goal, as Tess Kostelec put away her first of two goals on the day about four minutes in. But the Wildecats had trouble gaining possession from then on, as River Hill quickly retaliated and out-scored Wilde Lake 12-0 in the final 20 minutes of the first half.
Lexi Thelemann was terrific on the draw for the Hawks, as she helped her team possess eight of 10 draw-controls in the first half. River Hill sped up the pace from the get-go, which benefited senior attacker Katie Caddigan who put away a number of goals in transition. She finished with seven scores on the day, netting six in the first half.
"In the first half we definitely took advantage of the fast breaks. We got the ground balls, we won the draw, we really came down the field strong and played to our potential, but in the second half I think the ground balls (we) struggled and the 50-50 balls were not ours," Caddigan explained. "Ground balls and the draw were huge, we need to improve on that this weekend."
River Hill entered the half with a 12-1 advantage after sophomore Gabby Hamburger buried her shot with 19 seconds to spare before the break. But Wilde Lake out-played the Hawks in the following 25 minutes. Kostelec ended the 12-0 run straight off the second-half's opening draw, as she won possession and found teammate Julia Bohse who finished her first of the day. The Wildecats won the ensuing draw, which resulted in a Sarah Moore goal, cutting the deficit down to nine and stopping the running clock.
"Draw controls are definitely a factor and a concern in our games. As you can see, when we win the draws we go right to goal. It's like a first step of a series of three steps and if we don't get the first one we can't progress to the second," Rhodovi explained. "Passing was a lot better in the second half, we weren't rainbow passing, we were passing right to (each other) and just moving the ball more effectively."
The Hawks won the ensuing draw and established some good ball movement within their 7-v-7 offense, but Wilde Lake goalie Jenna Oler played big in the cage. River Hill finished with 30 shots on goal, with Oler tallying 15 saves.
Paige Caprara put an end to the Wildecats run, as she finished off a pass from Hamburger with about 18 minutes left, putting the lead back up to 10.
Kate Aubin and Bohse netted back-to-back scores with about 10 minutes left, cutting the deficit, 13-5. However, Caddigan put away her seventh of the afternoon, finishing a feed from Caprara, with Hamburger following about two minutes later to push the lead back up to 10 once more.
Kate Glaros and Kostelec added two more goals for the Wildecats in the final three minutes, but ultimately time expired and they fell short of the comeback.
"My players are excellent athletes. I've got players who have never picked up a lacrosse stick before who are charging head first against girls who are experienced and they're not hesitating. I told them don't do yourself a disservice, no more excuses, no more bad officials, no more I should have done this, its what we can do moving forward to win games and what are we doing and just bring it and own it," Rhodovi said. "They worked too hard to play a game like this. We were kind of in a fog, that's what happened in the beginning of the Hammond game (too). It just took a little while and we dug a deep hole for ourselves but you know we ran out of time. I definitely think if it was longer we could have come back, but you know, they're good athletes, we just got to move forward."
Hamburger and Caprara followed Caddigan offensively, notching three goals each, while in net Annie Maloney finished with seven saves in the win – the team's second consecutive victory.
"It wasn't as much as goal scoring, their goalie is a good goalie, but I think it was the little things," said River Hill coach Kelly Rabil. "The 50-50 balls we were winning in the first half, we weren't winning in the second half. Draw controls – silly things like that that are in our control. We did it in the first half; we didn't in the second half. Luckily we had a big enough lead.
"I think shooting was a big major factor, especially in the second half. If we would have put away a couple of these goals it would have made a difference."
Wilde Lake (2-2) will try and end its two-game losing skid against Long Reach Friday night, with the Wildecats hosting the 7 p.m. night cap, while the Hawks (3-2) will try and build on their two game winning streak Saturday, as they play in a tournament at Mt. de Sales.
"For Saturday I think is to put it all together," Rabil added. "We've had four halves now this week and we've done good things in each half, and we've done poor things in each half, so I think putting a complete game together would be my goal for Saturday. Different teams that we don't see all the time, so (we) need to step up to the plate."
River Hill (3-2) 15, Wilde Lake (2-2) 7 (Tuesday, April 12)
Goals: RH – Caddigan 7, Hamburger 3, Caprara 3, Thelemann 1, Fillipone 1; WL – Bohse 2, Kostelec 2, Glaros 1, Aubin 1, Moore 1.
Assists: RH – Caddigan 3, Caprara 3 Midas 1, Hamburger 1; WL – Kostelec 2, Glaros 1, Moore 1.
Saves: RH – Maloney 7; WL – Oler 15.
Half: 12-1 RH.
Howard (5-3) 9, South River (2-5) 7 (Tuesday, April 12)
Coming off an exciting last-second victory over Garrison Forest Monday, the Lions rode their momentum into Tuesday and picked up their third consecutive win, and fourth victory in five games.
With the score knotted at seven at the break, Howard stepped it up a notch defensively, not allowing anything in the back of the net. It marked the Lions sixth game of giving up less than 10 goals, and fourth allowing seven or less. Junior goalie Sam Sagi registered five saves in the win, while Jordan Kahler recorded 10 stops for the Seahawks.
Junior midfielder Jenny Kinsey led the team offensively, totaling five goals on the day. Senior midfielder Katie Schluederberg followed with two goals and two assists, while senior midfielder Ella Orzechowski finished with a game-high three assists.
South River was led by Kassidy Bresnahan, who netted three goals, followed by Caitlin Blanche with two.
The Seahawks previously lost to Marriotts Ridge, 15-4 on April 6, as they have one more Howard County game left on the schedule, an April 19 matchup against Mt. Hebron.
Howard is back on its home turf Friday, as it will try extending its winning streak to four when it hosts Reservoir at 7 p.m.
Goals: Ho – Kinsey 5, Schluederberg 2, Regal 1, Wells 1; SR – Bresnahan 3, Blanche 2, Simmers 1, Matlick 1.
Assists: Ho – Orzechowski 3, Schluederberg 2; SR – Simmers 1.
Saves: Ho – Sagi 5; SR – Kahler 10.
Marriotts Ridge (6-0) 9, Broadneck (4-2) 8 (Tuesday, April 12)
The Mustangs continued their impressive season, defeating the visiting Bruins and handing them just their second loss of the season.
Marriotts Ridge improved to a perfect 6-0 mark, while also extending its streak of allowing eight or less goals in a single game.
Carly Miller registered a team-high three goals for the Mustangs, while also adding one assist. Caroline Blalock followed with two goals and one assist, while Sarah Blalock added one goal and one assist as well. Freshman goalie Olivia Ranta tallied four saves in the win.
Brianna Harris scored two goals and assisted on two others, while Kayla Harris and Taylor Sullivan added two goals apiece. Kayla Koch recorded 12 saves in net.
Broadneck defeated Howard, 10-7 on April 6, and will conclude its Howard County matchups with Glenelg on April 20.
Marriotts Ridge is back home Friday, as it will try and keep its undefeated mark alive when it hosts Centennial for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Goals: MR – Miller 3, C. Blalock 2, S. Blalock 1, Kennedy 1, Lower 1, Simpson 1; B – B. Harris 3, K. Harris 2, Sullivan 2, Small 1.
Assists: MR – Miller, C. Blalock, S. Blalock; B – B. Harris 2, McCue 1.
Saves: MR – Ranta 4; B – Koch 12.
Halftime: 5-3 MR.
Reservoir (3-2) 10, Centennial (2-4) 8 (Tuesday, April 12)
The Gators ended their two-game losing skid with a come-from-behind win over the Eagles Tuesday.
Centennial went into halftime with the 6-4 advantage, but Reservoir surged back in the following 25 minutes, taking the lead, 7-6 with just more than 19 minutes left in the game.
Junior goalie Elizabeth Hyde came up big in the second half for the Gators. Reservoir held a 9-8 advantage late in the game and Hyde stood her ground, making three consecutive stops on a Centennial offensive possession, which preserved the one-point lead.
Junior midfielder Juliet King added an insurance goal for the Gators with 15 seconds remaining in the game. She made an impressive play off a deflected pass, as she flicked in the bouncing ground ball top shelf for the score. It was King's second goal of the day.
Juniors Haley Tiller and Michelle Armstrong led Reservoir with three goals apiece, while Tiller also added one assist. Armstrong came up huge off the draws, winning 14 including the game-clinching one following King's second score, with senior Megan Lieb securing the ball off the draw.
The Eagles were led by senior midfielders Devin McIntyre and Samantha Courtemanche, as they each recorded four goals apiece. Junior Jenna Dietrich tallied three saves in net.
Centennial has hit a rough stretch as of late. It won two out of three games to start the season, but Tuesday's loss marked its third straight – all coming from county opponents. The Eagles will try and end their losing skid Friday, as they visit Marriotts Ridge. The Gators also hit the road Friday, taking on Howard. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Goals: Re – Armstrong 3, Tiller 3, King 2, Martino 1, Sadzewicz 1; C – McIntyre 4, Courtemanche 4.
Assists: Re – Armstrong 2; C – Courtemanche 1, McIntyre 1.
Saves: Re – Hyde 6; C – Dietrich 3.
Halftime: 6-4 Centennial.
Severna Park (7-0) 9, Glenelg (6-1) 8 OT (Tuesday, April 12)
In a battle of undefeated teams, the hosting Falcons held off a Gladiators second-half comeback with the overtime win.
Glenelg's defense held up until the final minute and a half when Laura Milleker netted the extra time game-winner.
It is the second overtime game for the Gladiators, who went in the matchup not having let up more than eight goals in a game, however, it did take the Falcons an extra few minutes to break that streak.
Severna Park led Glenelg 5-3 at halftime, but the Gladiators came surging back in the second half. Sophomore Georgia Esmond led the way for Glenelg, netting a game-high five goals, including one assist. Junior midfielder Courtney Renehan followed with two goals and one assist, while sophomore midfielder Peighton Stone registering one goal. In net, sophomore Maddie McSally tallied eight saves in Glenelg's first loss of the season.
It was the second win of the season for the Falcons over a Howard County foe, having defeated Mt. Hebron, 15-12 on April 6.
Eva Klaus led Severna Park with three goals and an assist, and Milleker recorded two goals and an assist, while Lillian Ross ended the day with two scores as well.
The Falcons has one more Howard County matchup looming, as they'll face Howard on April 19. As for the Gladiators, they have a big matchup against county-rival Mt. Hebron Friday, with Glenelg visiting the Vikings for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Goals: SP – Klaus 3, Milleker 2, Ross 2, Stein 1, Elms 1; G – G. Esmond 5, Renehan 2, Stone 1.
Assists: SP – Klaus 1, Milleker 1; G – G. Esmond 1, Renehan 1.
Saves: SP – Rumsey 10; G – McSally 8.
Halftime: 5-3 Severna Park.
Glen Burnie (2-3) 17, Oakland Mills (0-4) 6 (Tuesday, April 12)
The Scorpions made huge strides in their fourth game of the season against the visiting Gophers Tuesday.
Despite the 11-point loss, Oakland Mills played its best game so far, as the final score did not reflect how tight the match was throughout the 50 minutes of action.
"We had a walk through before our game today, because there were a lot of things yesterday that we needed to touch on before our game today and they did a really good job of utilizing that in the game," said Scorpions coach Davia Procida.
Oakland Mills registered a season-high six goals, as freshman Hannah Smelkinson and sophomore Grace Avery led the way with two goals apiece, with Avery also registering an assist in the game.
But maybe the prettiest pass of the day came from freshman midfielder Aislynn Riggs, who found Avery late in the second half, with Avery putting away the impressive finish.
"Aislynn's assist to Grace was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen," Procida recalled. "It was so beautiful because it's very difficult to catch, aim, shoot and score, but the timing of the pass was perfect. Grace did a really good job of keeping her composure and taking a great shot."
The Scorpions defense had a good outing as well. They forced Glen Burnie into several turnovers, which they took advantage of offensively, transitioning well to get quality opportunities on the other end.
"Our team really came together today and played really hard and we played smart," Procida added. "We were settled on attack and made good decisions. We capitalized off of big plays made by the defense and although the score seemed lopsided, it was very even. We learned a lot and we got a lot better."
Oakland Mills has a few days off until its next matchup against Lansdowne on Monday, which is scheduled for an early 4 p.m. start.
Goals: GB – Foust 5, Tyler 3, Knox 3, Dailey 3, Sechler 2, Dietrich 1; OM – Smelkinson 2, Mour 2, Avery 1, Carroll 1.
Assists: GB – Sechler 2, Foust 1, Tyler 1, Knox 1; OM – Avery 1, Riggs 1.
Saves: GB – Moreno 5; OM – Sellman 5.
Halftime: 8-3 Glen Burnie.
North County (2-4) 16, Long Reach (0-4) 8 (Tuesday, April 12)
The Lightning suffered their fourth loss of the season Tuesday, as the hosting Knights tallied their second win on the year after the eight-point decision.
North County led 7-3 at the half, but Long Reach kept fighting and notched five more goals in the second half of action. Jacqueline Reed and Colleen Dudley led the way offensively for the Lighting, as they each tallied three goals, while Dudley also added two assists on the day. Vanessa Wrobeh and Alejandra Martinez-Rivera each scored one goal, while Wrobeh also added an assist. Vanessa Fillers recorded eight saves in the game, with 27 shots against.
Kaitlyn Lyons scored six goals and Allison Howard recorded two goals and an assist to propel the Knights, while in net Jesselyn Manning and Isabella McMullen combined to stop 13 shots for North County.
North County has two more Howard County contests left on the schedule, as they take on Oakland Mills on April 19, and Hammond on April 27.
Long Reach is back at it in county-play Friday, as the Lightning will see Wilde Lake on the road for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Goals: NC – Lyons 6, Howard 2, Hewes 2, Mahoney 2, Zimmerman 2, Schneck 1, Noyola 1; LR – Reed 3, Dudley 3, Wrobeh 1, Rivera 1.
Assists: NC – White 2, Howard 1, Biggs 1; LR – Dudley 2, Wrobeh 1.
Saves: NC – Manning 7, McMullen 6; LR – Fillers 8.
Halftime: 7-3 North Country.
Mt. Hebron (5-2) 19, Atholton (3-2) 12 (Tuesday, April 12)
The Vikings handed the hosting Raiders their second loss of the season Tuesday, as Atholton suffered its first defeat four days earlier to Glenelg.
The Raiders were hanging with Mt. Hebron early on, as they trailed just 9-5 at the break, but the Vikings piled on 10 more goals in the following 25 minutes, with Atholton unable to keep up with the offensive onslaught.
It was the most goals given up by Mt. Hebron in any of its wins, as it allowed 15 goals in each of its losses against McDonogh and Severna Park. The 19 goals against was a season-high for Atholton, as its defense had given up just 22 goals combined in its four games prior.
Rachel Foster led the Raiders offensively, tallying four goals and two assists, while Emma Johnson followed with three goals, and Kelley Flynn with two. Erin Dabney recorded one goal and two assists, while KK Shepherd and Meaghan Quinn each registered one goal and one assist, respectively.
Atholton has a full week before its next game against River Hill, while the Vikings get back on their home turf Friday, with a highly anticipated matchup against Glenelg, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Goals: A – Foster 4, Johnson 3, Flynn 2, Shepherd 1, Dabney 1, Quinn 1.
Assists: A – Dabney 2, Foster 2, Katz 1, Quinn 1, Shepherd 1.
Saves: A – Eaton 5, Bizokas 1.
Halftime: 9-5 MH.
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