After winning three regular-season games last season, the Marriotts Ridge boys lacrosse team won its first eight games this season before falling to Atholton, 9-8, on Friday.
Even in the recent setback, Mustangs coach Dan Sageman liked the qualities he saw from his team, which fell behind 9-4 before a late rally.
The Mustangs, who have four players in their first senior class, made an impressive postseason run last year, capturing the Class 2A-1A North region. They've made sure to pick up where they left off.
"Returning everyone from last year has really helped," senior midfielder Danny Incontrera said. "Everybody has varsity experience - even the sophomores that played as freshmen. [Winning the region] was really important. That allowed us to see how good we could really be. It gave us a lot of confidence going into the offseason, and we can always go back to that knowing how well we played."
Incontrera is the glue to a senior midfield that has been able to control games. With a young attack led by junior Kyle Williams (23 goals, 26 assists) and sophomore Chris Fischer (23 goals) mixed in with a defense led by junior goalie Dan Schonfeld, Sageman is confident that the winning trend will continue in the years to come.
"That's what we like to look at, too," he said. "We're doing well this year, working hard and feeling good about our situation for the future as well."
Going into the week, the Mustangs had outscored their nine opponents by 105 to 57.
Baseball -- Wilde Lake senior pitcher Josh Futter did a little bit of everything in helping the Wildecats go 2-1 last week. The four-year starter opened the week April 14 with an 8-1 complete-game win over Howard, recording 14 strikeouts and also reaching base three times on walks. In a 7-6 loss to Oakland Mills on April 16, he belted a three-run homer and then went 2-for-3 and picked up the save in a 4-2 win over Mount Hebron on Friday. Futter finished the week going 4-for-8 with four RBIs and three runs.