Nine years after losing to Century in its only girls lacrosse state championship appearance in the program’s first year in what was then Class 2A-1A, Patterson Mill can finally bear the crown.
In a mostly back-and-forth game Tuesday at Stevenson between the Harford and Washington County heavyweights, the Huskies (12-5) won the title with a 16-8 victory over Boonsboro, which was attempting to become the first team from outside the Baltimore metro area to win a championship in the sport.
“It’s something really special,” second-year coach Kim Burgasser said.
Patterson Mill was paced by Division I-bound veterans and underclassmen alike — junior attacker Elise Alders led the scoring with four goals alongside senior midfielder Kaley Thompson (three goals, three assists), who earned her 200th career goal in a 17-4 win against McDonough on Saturday.
“Hitting that milestone was exciting, kept me pushing,” said Thompson, an Elon commit.
The Huskies started fast as junior attacker Sydney Beck scored 20 seconds into the game, assisted by Thompson.
Shortly thereafter, Boonsboro fouled in Patterson Mill’s offensive end and junior attacker Katelyn Springer scored a free-position goal.
Nonetheless, the Huskies were unable to pull away, and the Warriors cut their deficit in half with a goal 5:13 into the game.
Junior midfielder Bethany Bruck responded 27 seconds later for Patterson Mill with her first of three goals on the afternoon, on a free-position shot. Standout freshman attacker Anna Salerno made it 4-1 when she converted a whipping pass from Thompson.
After Boonsboro scored twice, Salerno extended the lead to 5-3 on a free-position shot at 8:26 and Patterson went into halftime up 7-4.
”First half we came out, there was a little bit of jitters,” Burgasser said. “Second half, we talked about how to refocus.
“We took it away.”
Boonsboro opened the scoring 2:38 into the second half, but Thompson answered a minute and a half later with a goal assisted by Springer, and Alders added another when, slipping to the ground, she whipped the ball into the net assisted by Olivia Beil, to make it 9-5.
”We’re a very drive-oriented team, and this game had so many passing and back-door cuts,” Alders said, “we played so much more like a team because of it.”
With Patterson Mill up 11-7, the Huskies put the game away with a five goal run, getting one goal each from Salerno and Beil and three in a row by Alders.
Draw controls helped turn the game for Patterson Mill, which finished with an 18-8 advantage.
“Draw controls, I really love it, because it changes the momentum of the game,” Alders said. “The other team gets a little distraught, a little jumbled up.”
Goals: B—Mannix 3; Maggie Luzier 1; Makenna Luzier 1; Brunelle 1; Shelby 1; Roll 1. PM—Alders 4; Thompson 3; Salerno 3; Bruck 3; Springer 1; Beil 1; Beck 1. Assists: B— Maggie Luzier 2; Brunelle 1; Makenna Luzier 1. PM—Thompson 3; Springer 2; Bell 1; Salerno 1. Saves: B—Knight 8; PM—Treptow 6. Half: PM 7-4