Marriotts Ridge pulls away from No. 7 Manchester Valley, gains rematch with Glenelg in 3A/2A South girls' lax playoffs; Blalock scores five goals
With four state girls' lacrosse champions, the Class 3A/2A South Region Section I is the toughest in the state. Friday, Marriotts Ridge travel to Carroll County for a matchup with Manchester Valley in the section semifinal.
The fourth-ranked Mustangs got five goals and two assists from University of Louisville-bound midfielder Caroline Blalock as the Howard County powerhouse posted a 15-8 decision over the No. 7 Mavericks. Erin Cooke added two goals and an assist and Lily Kennedy and Victoria Hensh each scored twice.
Marriotts Ridge (13-3 overall) went on a 5-0 second half surge, advancing to Monday's section final at defending state champ and second-ranked Glenelg. The Gladiators routed Centennial, 16-4, Friday.
Trailing 3-0 early, Marriotts Ridge scored four straight goals and never trailed again. The Marriottsville school, which won 3A/2A state crowns in 2011, 2013 and 2014, led 8-4 at halftime.
Manchester Valley (14-3) closed to within 9-6 early in the second half on scores from Lauren Cremen and Beanie Colson, but the Mustangs answered with two scores from Caroline Blalock and individual tallies from Hayleigh Simpson and Cooke to put the game out of reach.
Colson, a Mount St. Mary's recruit, and Cremen each finished with three goals for Manchester Valley, which won three straight 2A/1A titles before moving to 3A/2A this school year after consolidating with North Carroll. It was the Mavericks' first home loss in their last 36 games (lost to Winters Mill in 2013).
Marriotts Ridge next has Glenelg, ranked No. 4 nationally by US Lacrosse, which has won 24 straight since a 9-7 loss to the Mustangs last regular season. The Gladiators won 11-7 over Marriotts Ridge last month.
Class 3A/2A South Region playoffs
Section I semifinal
No. 4 Marriotts Ridge 15, No. 7 Manchester Valley 8
Goals: Marriotts Ridge - C. Blalock 5, L. Kennedy 2, Hensh 2, Cooke 2, Simpson, E. Clevenger , S. Blalock, Sullivan; Manchester Valley - Colson 3, Cremen 3, Geist, Masteran
Assists: Marriotts Ridge - G. Kennedy 3, C. Blalock 2, Sullivan 2, L. Kennedy, Cooke, Simpson; Manchester Valley - Colson, Bittinger
Saves: Marriotts Ridge - Ranta 5; Manchester Valley - Brewster 9, Wade 2
Marriotts Ridge 8 7 - 15
Manchester Valley 4 4 - 8
Last Updated (Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:15)