2017 CLASS 3A/2A STATE GIRLS LACROSSE CHAMPIONS
When long-time Glenelg High School girls lacrosse coach Ginger Kincaid stepped down after 29 seasons and three state championships, including the 2016 3A/2A crown, she hardly left the program empty handed.
The Gladiators, now led by Kincaid’s former assistant Nicole Trunzo, returned a wealth of talent, including 10 seniors, from last spring’s state championship squad and that talent was on full display in the 2017 3A/2A state final, Tuesday afternoon at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium, as second-ranked Glenelg capped a perfect 20-0 season with a win over C. Milton Wright for a second consecutive 3A/2A state crown.
“To go 20-0, it’s wonderful because they work hard all the time,” said Trunzo of the first undefeated season in the program’s history. “They want to go hard. They get along. They get it done and it’s just amazing. They make coaching the best job ever. I love it.”
C. Milton Wright, unfortunately is not feeling much love. Glenelg has proven to be a tough obstacle for the Mustangs (11-6), having eliminated them in last year’s state semifinals and defeating them, 13-5, this year in the regular season.
The Mustangs were limited to just three goals, largely because Glenelg dominated the time of possession, winning all but two draw controls in the contest.
The Gladiators were very efficient in the opening 25 minutes, getting six goals from five different players.
Senior Lindsey LeTellier, who finished with two goals and three assists, broke the ice for Glenelg less than two minutes into the contest and junior Anna Callahan (3 goals) made it 2-0 at the 20:04 mark. C. Milton Wright’s Taylor Marchetti got one back, with 16:47 to play in the opening half, but the Gladiators closed the half with four unanswered scores to take a 6-1 lead at the intermission.
Glenelg also got first half goals from Courtney Renehan, Maddy O’Brien and Alayna Pagnotta, as well as a second goal from Callahan with just 7.2 seconds left in the half.
The final 25 minutes was more of the same.
The Gladiators scored twice in the fourth minute of the second half, as Callahan completed her hat-trick and Pagnotta, with an assist from LeTellier, scored her second to increase Glenelg’s lead to 8-1. LeTellier stayed busy, scoring her second goal, at the 16:10 mark, and feeding Georgia Esmond for a tally, with 13:42 to play, stretching the lead to 10-1.
According to LeTellier, the Gladiators are all about the team.
“We really just strive to be smart players, selfless players,” LeTellier explained. “And so, if the shot is not open, if the pass is not open we want to just possess the ball and do what we can to contribute to our team.”
Callahan echoed those thoughts.
“I was really happy with the way our team moved the ball and that my goals came from everyone else’s efforts,” said Callahan. “We made space for each other, which is something that is very important. We try to be the smartest players we can be and the most selfless players and that’s exactly what I think worked for our team today.”
CMW’s Aubrey Hoover got the Mustangs back on the board, after a scoring draught of 28 minutes and 5 seconds with a free position tally, with 10:34 to play. Down the stretch, O’Brien, with an assist from Courtney Renehan, and Rachel Scheinberg scored Glenelg’s final two goals, while Meghan Murray, assisted by Hoover, got the Mustangs’ third and final goal.
GIRLS 3A/2A LACROSSE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
(AT STEVENSON UNIVERSITY)
NO. 2 GLENELG 12, C. MILTON WRIGHT 3
G 6 6 — 12
CMW 1 2 — 3
GOALS: CMW-Aubrey Hoover 1, Taylor Marchetti 1, Meghan Murray 1; G-Anna Callahan 3, Maddy O’Brien 2, Lindsey Letellier 2, Alayna Pagnotta 2, Georgia Esmond 1, Courtney Renehan 1, Rachel Scheinberg 1.
ASSISTS: CMW-Aubrey Hoover 1; G-Letellier 3, Courtney Renehan 2.
SAVES: CMW-Ana Dipeso 2, Caitlin Haren 4; G-Maddie McSally 4.