This was not the way to end a 16-game losing streak against county teams.
"They were just sleeping at the beginning," said Atholton girls lacrosse coach Beth Eckert, whose team fell behind, 3-0, seven minutes into yesterday's game at Long Reach.
Eckert called a time out and explained the obvious: the Raiders could play a lot better and they needed to start doing so.
Slowly but surely, the Raiders were back into the game by halftime. And they dominated the second half for a 9-5 victory that extended Long Reach's losing streak to county teams to nine.
"We knew we weren't doing our best and we stepped it up a notch," said Atholton's Regan Miller, who had two goals and two assists and is one of only three seniors on the team.
"This was a big win for us," said Atholton freshman Halley Boring, who had a team-high three goals. "We wanted it really bad and gave it our all."
Added Eckert: "I'm happy for them. They have been getting so close and so close that they could taste it, and today they did it."
Atholton's defense started playing better toward the end of the first half, and goals by Christen Pena-Ariet and Boring in the final minute got the Raiders (2-10 overall, 1-7 league) to within 4-3 at halftime.
The Raiders' momentum carried into the second half as they scored four straight goals in 15 minutes for a 7-4 lead. Long Reach's Robyn Yeatman scored her third goal to bring the Lightning (2-10, 0-8) within one with 7:15 remaining, but it could come no closer.
Atholton's defense of J. P. Sheer, Ashley Sprague, E.J. Goldman, Julia Winters and goalie Lindsay Porter continued to play well in the second half, and the result was a number of interceptions.
"We lost it on the offense end of the field," said Long Reach coach Denise Furtaw. "We threw it away too many times."
After the game, Furtaw didn't hide her frustration about the season.
"I'm disappointed as a coach and they're disappointed as players."
St. Timothy's 12, Glenelg Country School 10: The Dragons couldn't hold a two-goal halftime lead and lost to host St. Timothy's in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference semifinal game. Molly Walker and Ashley Hudek each had three goals for Glenelg Country (10-4) and Christine Corkran added two goals and three assists.