Four Mount Hebron players were selected for the Chesapeake team that will compete for a national schoolgirl lacrosse championship Memorial Day weekend.
Erin McGinnis, Dani Vissers, Lynette Chastant and Julie Kickham will be part of a team that also includes girls from Anne Arundel County.
Chesapeake will challenge teams from Pennsylvania, New York, the Midwest and the South, which includes Baltimore, Virginia and Washington, among others at the United States Women's Lacrosse Association's National Tournament May 26-29 in Marlton, N.J.
Last year, McGinnis and Vissers played for the Chesapeake team that finished 3-2 in preliminary competition and did not reach the finals.
In addition, McGinnis and Vissers will represent the Chesapeake region at tryouts for the U.S. team to compete in the first Leader/International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Under-19 World Championship.
The U.S. team begins competition Aug. 6 against Australia. The event, which includes teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Canada and Japan, will continue through Aug. 12 at Haverford College just outside Philadelphia.
At Glenelg Country School, the girls lacrosse team is keeping up with the boys team.
The Dragons will play host to their first girls lacrosse tournament tomorrow in conjunction with the boys tournament.
"The boys were having one, so we decided to have it," said coach Barbara Brummett. "We're just excited. We've improved so much. It's great to see so much improvement and to have a chance to show it in a tournament like this."
The Dragons play Association of Independent Schools B Division jTC rival Catholic at 10:30 a.m. At the same time, two Washingtonarea teams, Field School and Holy Cross, will square off. The consolation game begins at 12:30 p.m. with the championship at 1:45 p.m.
Next week, the Dragons will be looking for their third straight appearance in an AIS championship game this school year. Already, the Dragons have finished as runners-up in field hockey and basketball.
This time, however, the competition might be even more formidable considering that they lost their only games to B Division rivals Oldfields and Park, the defending champ.
Going into yesterday's game against Sandy Spring Friends, Carrie Everett led the Dragons in scoring with 25 goals and five assists. Right behind were Robin Zimmerly (27 goals, one assists) and Allison Hoke (16 goals, five assists).
As for tomorrow's boys tournament, the Dragons play Caravel from Delaware, at 10:30 a.m. while Washington teams St. Andrews and Maret battle in another first-round game. The boys consolation begins at 1 p.m. with the title game at 2:30 p.m.
Early on, Oakland Mills girls lacrosse coach Chris Marsiglia expected an improved season from her team, and she was surprised -- but not unhappy -- that no one else seemed to expect the same.
"At the beginning of the season, I thought we were underestimated," said Marsiglia, "but that was good for the kids. We were 4-8 last year and we lost two games by one goal."
Going into yesterday's game with Hammond, the Scorpions had compiled a 6-3 record. They had dropped games only to No. 5 Liberty, No. 11 Centennial and C. Milton Wright, which was ranked at the time. They already have beaten four teams they lost to last season.
Aside from impressive contributions from attackers Kathy Hurley goals, five assists) and Elizabeth Koza (22, 10) and top defenders Katie Vatalaro and Anne Ryder, Marsiglia has seen something else emerge.
"Mainly, I'm happy about their heart," said Marsiglia. "They have that winning attitude, and I think that's a big thing. When it comes to close games, it's who wants it more and they've been hungry."
Last year's All-Metro Player of the Year Cathy Nelson is having a fine freshman season with Maryland's top-ranked and unbeaten women's lacrosse team.
Going into last night's game with William & Mary, the Mount Hebron graduate had played in all 11 games, scoring 10 goals and four assists.
RF She ranks fifth on the team in goals and tied for fifth in points.