After losing to John Carroll on Friday, Loch Raven went into last night's Baltimore County Championship game looking for a dose of confidence.
With a 6-0 win over Owings Mills at Catonsville, the No. 8 Raiders got just what first-year coach Anthony Menegatti had hoped for heading into the state playoffs.
"We were a little down after that game," said Menegatti. "We didn't win the 50-50 balls and we were always a step behind. Today we were really up for this game, and we just stepped it up a notch."
Loch Raven (10-2-1), the county's Division I winner, controlled play for much of the way, outshooting the Division II Golden Eagles (11-2-1), 25-5, and getting two goals each from Susan Giannaccini and Bridget Harthausen and one each from Ashley Froman and Wendy Yingling.
"Losing [to John Carroll] really pepped us up," said Giannaccini, who also had an assist. "I think that everybody was really excited and wanted to prove we could win counties."
Last year, the Raiders lost to Dulaney for the county title.
After getting dominated in the first half, Owings Mills improved dramatically in the final 40 minutes, getting off four second-half shots and nearly scoring on Andi Graham's bullet that sailed just wide with 1:51 to play.
Both teams open the state playoffs tomorrow, with Loch Raven playing host to Catonsville and Owings Mills playing host to Chesapeake-BC.
* Lansdowne 3, Woodlawn 1: Michelle Currie's goal in the first half broke a 1-1 tie as Lansdowne (6-3-2) captured the Baltimore County Division III title.