It was a close battle through the first 17 minutes of action between Hammond and Damascus Thursday, but the Hornets gained momentum with an 8-0 run in the last few minutes of the first half, propelling them to a 20-9 victory over the host Golden Bears.
“Adjusting to Zoe (Pekins) – she’s a beast and we knew coming in if we stop her we’re OK,” said Hornets coach Marcus Juardo after the win. “And just calming down, we’ve gotten off to some slow starts all year and we had to weather the punch because they came out and played physical lacrosse.”
Damascus face-guarded Pekins throughout the game, but the senior still managed to play a big factor early for Hammond.
The Hornets stormed out to a 3-0 run, with goals from Lexi Roberts and Jacque Pino within the first three minutes of the contest, but Pekins put an end to the surge by notching her first goal of the day on Hammond’s first shot on net with about 21 minutes left in the first half.
Damascus dominated on the circle and quickly retaliated with a goal off the ensuing draw 40 seconds later. This time it was Alexis Townsend with the finish for the Hornets, extending the lead 4-1.
Midway through the half, the Golden Bears worked their way back toward the lead. Freshman Jane Ridgell started the rally, finishing a free position from the second hash to cut the score 4-2. Seun Aina followed it up with a goal one minute later after a Hammond timeout to get within one. Pekins then tied the game up at four off a free position, which was set up by a good defensive stop by the Golden Bears on the other end.
However, Caitlin Malone got the Hornets back the lead with her goal with 11 minutes remaining in the half, which started an 8-0 run that gave Damascus the strong-hold on the game.
“I think that we worked together as a whole better and looked more for the open cuts,” Pino said of the Hornets 8-0 surge. “We were very frazzled and we were trying to just settle it more to look for the open passes.”
Pino – who took every face-off for the Hornets, dominated on the circle and won 10 draw controls throughout the game, including six her self. During the Damascus late first-half run she aided in all the Hornets draw-control wins, which helped her team earn most of their offensive possessions.
“I thought I could,” Pino said of taking advantage on the draws. “It always just depends though. I never really know going into it but once I do it does help me determine the rest of the game.”
“They definitely won draws and I keep telling them that if we’re not winning between the 30’s then we’re not winning,” said Golden Bears coach Bill Smith. “The physical nature that they play with is a little bit different with what we play with right now, but hopefully we’ll pick that up.”
Pekins ended the surge with just less than four minutes remaining before the break, cutting the score 10-5. Hammond had an opportunity to add a few after the Hornets were hit with a yellow card with 2:26 left, but the Golden Bears could not capitalize.
Earlier Damascus had netted two goals during its run on a man-advantage and during the man-down situation, it not only held Hammond scoreless, but also turned around and added a goal during the disadvantage to go up, 11-5.
“It’s something that we kind of pride ourselves on all year,” Jurado said. “We’ve worked very hard on our man-up and man-down defense, offense, and it shows. I think we do a really good job when we get that advantage and they know what to do with the ball.”
Brooke Lawrence added one more goal for the Hornets before the break, giving them a 12-5 halftime lead.
“Definitely their physicality and just combined with – I think the refs did a good job, but they just didn’t call as much as they are used to,” Smith added. “We weren’t ready for that and that’s my fault. We need to be ready for that and know how to handle that, but that was the biggest thing. We just weren’t ready for how physical they were.”
The Hornets opened up the second half out-scoring the Golden Bears, 7-2 through the first 17 minutes, allowing them to jump out with a hefty 19-7 lead with eight minutes to play.
Hammond kept fighting through the last whistle and added two more scores from Pekins, but ultimately could not climb out of the large deficit.
“They put out a good fight,” Pino said. “They hustled a lot and we’re not used to all that aggressiveness, so it was hard to adjust to it, but we did and we came through with the win.”
Pino led the way with five goals for the Hornets, while Lawrence and Malone followed with three goals apiece. Becca Marks made seven saves in goal for Damascus.
“(Pino is) phenomenal,” Jurado said. “She’s been our draw specialist all year and we pretty much go anyway she goes. If she’s having a tough day, then we have a real tough day and today she took care of it. She’s real good at placing it where she wants and adjusting throughout the game. She’s got a lot of heart.”
Pekins, despite being man-marked the entire game still led her team with six goals on the day. Ridgell followed with two, while Aina added one. In net, Hannah Reynolds finished with five saves.
“We tried to get a situation where we would draw her defender off and dump to her, but it wasn’t real successful,” Smith said. “It’s something that we’ve done, but didn’t work great tonight. But a lot of stuff that we did was good. I’m not disappointed. I would have liked to have the win, but I still think the girls are doing the right stuff as we get close to the playoffs – it’s been a good year.”
Damascus 20, Hammond 9 (Thursday, May 5)
Goals: D – Pino 5, Lawrence 3, Malone 3, Roberts 2, A. Townsend 2, N. Townsend 2, Slingluff 1, Marella 1, Anderson 1; Ha – Pekins 6, Ridgell 2, Aina 1.
Assists: D – A. Townsend 1; Ha – Lannoy 1, Hall 1.
Saves: D – Marks 7; Ha – Reynolds 5.
Halftime: 12-5 Damascus.
Glenelg (5-2, 11-3) 10, Reservoir (6-5, 7-5) 3 (Thursday, May 5)
Coming off just their second county loss of the season, the Gladiators bounced back and finished the regular season with a league victory over the hosting Gators Thursday.
Reservoir played stout defensively, weathering Glenelg’s attack throughout the matchup. The Gladiators held a 6-1 advantage at halftime and ultimately pulled away for the seven-point victory. It was the fifth time Glenelg’s defense allowed five goals or less, ending the regular season averaging just 6.2 goals against.
Junior Haley Tiller netted all three of Reservoir’s scores, while senior Megan Lieb and junior Michelle Armstrong tallied two and one assist on the day, respectively. Junior Elizabeth Hyde played solid in net and ended with 10 saves.
“Our defense played an outstanding game tonight,” said Gators coach P.J Harrison. “They played a smart, disciplined and focused game.”
Senior Julia Salandra and sophomore Rachel Scheinberg led the Gladiators offensively, recording two goals apiece, while junior Laney Treacy finished with four saves in goal.
Goals: G – Salandra 2, Scheinberg 2, Nalls 1, LeTellier 1, Duncan 1, Pagnotta 1, O’Brien 1; Re – Tiller 3.
Assists: G – G. Esmond 1; Re – Lieb 2, Armstrong 1.
Saves: G – Treacy 4; Re – Hyde 10.
Halftime: 6-1 Glenelg.
Wilde Lake (3-5, 6-5) 16, Oakland Mills (0-8, 1-11) 4 (Thursday, May 5)
The Wildecats ended their regular season on a high-note Thursday, putting an end to their two-game losing skid by defeating the Scorpions, 16-4.
Wilde Lake took an 8-1 advantage into halftime and was able to pull away for the 12-point victory.
Junior Tess Kostelec led the way for the Wildecats, finishing with five goals and three assists. Sarah Moore followed with three goals, while Kat Nazarova, Kate Glaros and Julia Bohse all tallied two goals, while Glaros also registered two assists and Moore one assist. Jenna Oler faced 11 shots and recorded eight saves.
Oakland Mills celebrated seniors Morgan Carroll, Salma Chakri and Sydney Mour before the game. Carroll and Arnovits registered two and one goals, respectively, in the outing, while sophomore Grace Avery netted the other Scorpion score. Freshman Alex Sellman ended the day with six saves.
Goals: WL – Kostelec 5, Sarah 3, Nazarova 2, Glaros 2, Bohse 2, Daugherty 1, Aubin 1; OM – Caroll 2, Avery 1, Arnovits 1.
Assists: WL – Kostelec 3, Glaros 2, Moore 1, Comeau 1.
Saves: WL – Oler 8, Weining 1; OM – Sellman 6.
Halftime: 8-1 WL.
Glenelg Country School (17-0) 15, Gerstell Academy 9 (Thursday, May 5)
The Dragons added two more wins this week, recording victories against Park Wednesday and then Gerstell Thursday.
Glenelg Country dominated in its win over Park. Sophomore Bobbie Haney and freshman Alli Bateman led the way at attack, registering four goals apiece, while Bateman also added three assists on the day. Junior Alyssa Arnold (three goals, two assists), freshman Olivia O’Leary (three goals, two assists) and freshman Shay Ahearn (two goals, two assists) followed offensively.
In the six-point win over Gerstell the following afternoon, it was Arnold who led way, registering six goals, while Ahearn (four goals) and Haney (two goals, two assist) followed offensively. Senior Kelly Layton and freshman Avery Dyer combined for 12 saves in both victories and have yet yielded a loss this season.
The Dragons defense have only allowed 10 or more goals once this year and are averaging just six goals against, while scoring around 14 goals per game.
IAAM B playoffs begin Tuesday and Glenelg Country enters postseason play as the only undefeated team.
Goals: GCS – Arnold 6, Ahearn 4, Haney 2, Glaros 2, Sheehan 1; G – Blake 4, Wilson 3, Blake 1, Seely 1.
Assists: GCS – Haney 2, Bateman 1, Hooper 1; G – Blake 1.
Saves: GCS – Layton 4, Dyer 2; G – Gruber 8.
Halftime: 8-3 GCS.
Glenelg Country School (16-0) 21, Park (8-6) 7 (Wednesday, May 4)
Goals: GCS – Haney 4, Bateman 4, Arnold 3, O’Leary 3, Ahearn 2, Sheehan 1, Glaros 1, Hooper 1, Rushe 1, Rich 1; P – Genth 3, Lowe 2, Pais 1, Boston 1.
Assists: GCS – Bateman 3, Arnold 2, O’Leary 2, Ahearn 2, Hooper 1, Glaros 1, Haney 1; P – Lowe 2, Genth 1, Boston 1.
Saves: GCS – Layton 2, Dyer 4; P – Haskins 3.
Halftime: 14-4 GCS.
Roland Park 14, Centennial (5-8) 4 (Wednesday, May 4)
Goals: RP – Hauser 5, Lambert 1, McGee 1, Quinn 1, Salvatori 1, Morris 1, Bennett 1, E. Shaw 1, K. Shaw 1, Class 1, C – Courtemanche 2, McIntyre 1, Pilcher 1.
Assists: RP – Lavelle 3, Bennett 1, Hauser 1, Morris 1, Salvatori 1, K. Shaw 1; C – McIntyre 1.
Saves: RP – Bustard 11, Cohen 1; C – Chausse 1, Dietrich 2.
Halftime: 8-0 Roland Park.