Hereford ends No. 2 Glenelg’s title run, advances to 2A state girls lacrosse final; Gladiator boys cruise over 13th-ranked Hereford into 2A title game; Loch Raven gains rematch with Patterson Mill in 1A girls (VIDEO HERE!)


Emily Ryan (left) and Tatum Joyce combined for 9 goals for Loch Raven girls lacrosse Saturday in a victory over Charles County’s McDonough in a Class 1A state semifinal at Northeast. The Raiders will play defending state champ Patterson Mill for the title Tuesday at Paint Branch in Montgomery County.

by Derek Toney

Despite an undefeated record, there were questions about Hereford High girls lacrosse.

Not anymore.

The No. 10 Bulls rallied in the second half to defeat second-ranked Glenelg, 9-8, in a Class 2A state semifinal contest at Northeast Saturday. Loch Raven girls and Glenelg boys secured a spot in the state final with victories.

No. 15 Glenelg defeated 13th-ranked Hereford in a 2A boys Final Four match while Loch Raven routed Charles County’s McDonough, 16-5, in a 1A girls semifinal.

Head. Heart. Hustle. Those words are displayed on the back of t-shirts wore by Loch Raven players and coaches. After an inauspicious start to 2019, the Towson school is a win away from its first state championship since 1995.

Junior Tatum Joyce finished with five goals and two assists for Loch Raven (6-10 overall), and freshman Emily Ryan added four goals. Julie Rose and senior defender Katherine Caldwell each scored twice.

The Raiders will play Patterson Mill for the state title, Tuesday at Paint Branch in Montgomery County.

The Raiders never trailed Saturday against McDonough (10-6) erasing the bitter memory of last year’s 1A Final Four 10-9 loss to Washington County’s Smithsburg. Loch Raven’s game-tying attempt hit the pipe and caromed as the final horn sounded.

“We played more of a second half team so it was hard to start slow and come back,” said Joyce of last year’s season-ending loss at Havre de Grace. “I believed this game we started stronger and finished stronger.”

Joyce’s unassisted tally started a 3-goal rally, pushing Loch Raven to a 6-2 advantage midway in the opening half. The Raiders led 9-4 at halftime as Joyce found a cutting Ryan, who put a strike into the net with 94 seconds left in the half.

Loch Raven closed the match with goals from Megan Henning, Elyssa Nowowieski, Joyce, Caldwell and Rose. Junior goalie Catherine Levy stopped six shots.

“They got the job done today,” said Raiders coach Rob Persing. “It wasn’t pretty. We had some moments where we were a little sluggish, little sloppy.”

The Raiders opened the season 0-6 with losses to 2A final bound and Baltimore County champ Hereford, county runner-up Catonsville. They ended the regular season with a 20-8 loss to Dulaney, which will play for 4A state title next week.

“Playing against teams in higher divisions really showed what we need to improved on and win games like these,” said Ryan.

“I always tell the ladies – that was season one, and now we’re in season two,” said Persing, who guided Loch Raven boys to the 2006 state title and won three national champions at Syracuse. “Our goal is five games and get the title. We’re four down, one to go.”

Next for Loch Raven is defending state champ Patterson Mill, which disposed of Boonsboro, 18-5, Saturday at Havre de Grace. The Huskies defeated Loch Raven, 16-15, in April.

The Raiders, who ended a streak of six straight Final Four losses Saturday, are looking forward to the rematch.

“We’re even with Patterson Mill. They got two or three who can do some damage, we got two or three girls who can do some damage,” said Persing. “We’ll go from there.”

“It should be something to watch. It’s going to be fun,” said Joyce.

Glenelg boys didn’t take shortcuts with its non-league schedule. The payoff is a shot at another state championship.

The Gladiators dominated Hereford in the opening half en route to their nine straight victory. Kevin Doughty finished with three goals and Michael Doughty added two scores and two assists.

With Mason Davis controlling the X, the Howard County squad established an 8-goal advantage, securing its first title game berth since 2017. Glenelg (12-6) will play No. 12 Century for the title Tuesday at Paint Branch.

The Gladiators, who played Century during the regular season, had the most challenging non-league slate of any area public squad. Glenelg played three-time defending state champ and No. 9 Severna Park, No. 8 and defending 3A champ Westminster, perennial Anne Arundel stronghold Broadneck (ranked 10th) and Frederick County’s Urbana, which reached the 4A North final.

And, for good measure, the Gladiators had to navigate the Howard County league with 4A final-bound Howard and then-defending state 2A champ and 16th-ranked Marriotts Ridge.

Kyle Dry (left) and Mason Davis helped continue Glenelg boys lacrosse title surge. Davis won 19-of-21 faceoff and Dry scored twice as the 15th-ranked Gladiators advance to the 2A state final with a 12-7 semifinal victory over No. 13 Hereford.

In other words, Glenelg was built for May.

“Obviously it was a good learning experience for us. It gave us as coaches and players to put our egos aside and really work on flaws,” said Gladiators coach Josh Hatmaker, whose team ended Marriotts Ridge’s title reign with an overtime victory (6-5) in South Region semifinals Monday. “The kids really brought into it and never got down. This is a big senior group and very good at keeping everybody focused.”

“We knew we had the hardest schedule compared to any other in the state. We knew whether with came out it well or bad, we knew the potential we had,” said Glenelg junior Kyle Dry. “As long as we got our offense clicking and brought our defense along, we knew things would start to click.”

The Gladiators were nearly flawless in the opening 25 minutes, scoring the final six goals, capped with Dry’s unassisted strike, for a 7-1 halftime advantage. It was 10-2 after Michael Doughty finished a Trey Fleece pass, started with Davis’ break off a face-off victory.

Davis, a junior won 19 of 21 at the X, Saturday.

“We talked about possessions being key,” said Davis. “When we give our offense the ball, we’re basically unstoppable.”

Hereford worked its way back into contention, pulling to 11-7 with 6 minutes, 31 seconds left in regulation on Cole Gibbons’ goal. The Bulls looked to get closer, but Grafton Griffey’s attempt was stopped by Gladiator goalie John Kennedy with 3:45 remaining.

Glenelg worked the clock, and Ryan Hopkins broke free for an unassisted tally with 2:42 to play. Hopkins, a senior, scored twice and Tyler Reiff chipped in a goal and an assist.

Griffey finished with a hat trick for Hereford, which fell in the state semifinal round for the fourth time in five seasons. The Baltimore County champions didn’t have their face-off specialist, Conor Dulay, for disciplinary reasons.

The Bulls picked an inopportune time to play their “worst first half of the season,” said Bulls coach Sal Picataggi.

“All the credit goes to Glenelg…They executed very well,” said Picataggi. “They shared the ball, moving the ball fast coming off the pick-and-roll on the wings.”

Glenelg hasn’t lost since a 7-6 decision to Century in its tournament last month at Western Regional Park.

The Gladiators will try for redemption, and its first title since 2011, Tuesday.

“These seniors were sophomores…at one time we had six sophomores on the field in the state championship game two years ago, so they’ve been here before,” said Hatmaker, who will guide his alma-mater to an 8th state final since becoming coach in 2003. “Last year was really disappointing and they came in focused this year. They’re supportive of each other and fight for each other.”

After battling to Glenelg to the wire in last year’s 2A state final, Hereford girls showed it wasn’t a fluke Saturday.

James Madison University recruit Isabella Peterson finished with three goals and an assist for Hereford (17-0), and Clarke and Kaestner each added two. Sarah Cipolla had two goals and an assist for Glenelg (14-4).

The Bulls commanded the second half before fending off a late rally to end Glenelg’s run of three straight state titles. Hereford will play South Carroll for the title Tuesday at Paint Branch.

The Baltimore County school, which rolled through most of its regular season schedule, didn’t blink in the face of Glenelg’s run.

“I think they just stayed with the game plan,” said Hereford coach Anne Ensor. “They had some composure issues on some of those turnovers, but I thought they knew they were so close. We did a little yoga during the timeout.”

The Bulls turned the ball over with 78 seconds left in regulation. Glenelg’s Jenny Giampalmo’s shot attempt went wide and the Gladiators called timeout with 24.2  seconds remaining.

Giampalmo got pass about six yards in front of goal and was surrounded by three Hereford defenders. She tried to escaped but was whistled for an illegal cradle with 11.3 seconds to play.

The Bulls ran out the remaining time and celebrated their biggest win of the season. Glenelg ended Hereford’s season with a 6-5 victory in the 2A final at Stevenson University.

“We know we’re the underdogs,” said Bulls senior Libby May. “We have to be confident, and, as long as we don’t hesitate, we can beat anybody.”

Hereford trailed 4-2 at halftime, but gained its first lead as Jordan Peterson’s shot crept over the goal line for a 6-5 advantage with 19:04 left in regulation. Jordan Peterson was solid on the draws Saturday.

Isabella Peterson finished a transition break, set up by a defensive groundball. After a Bulls timeout, Isabella Peterson found Katie Blair for another score, putting the Bulls up 8-5.

Isabella Peterson, who played with a sore quad in the second half, said nothing was going to stop a determined Hereford squad Saturday.

Isabella Peterson (left), Jordan Peterson, Libby May and Lindsay Posner helped Hereford girls lacrosse back to the 2A state final Saturday. The 10th-ranked Bulls ended No. 2 Glenelg’s run of three straight state titles with a 9-8 victory in a state semifinal contest.

“Last year, they thought it was going to be an easy W, but we pushed through and gave them a run for their money,” said Peterson. “This year, we knew we were getting revenge.”

Glenelg had the momentum, getting an Emma LeTelliier’s goal with just two seconds left in the opening half. Down 8-5, the Gladiators got to 9-8 as Emily Nalls got a shot  off the restart past Hereford net minder Lindsay Posner, who made back-to-back stops.

The Howard County champs had a chance get even in the waning seconds, but turned the ball over, ending a bid to become the first team to win four straight state titles since Mount Hebron’s run of 10 in a row from 1998-2007.

“I just think that we didn’t finish and take care of it on offense,” Glenelg coach Nikki Trunzo said. “The defense did a great job coming up with a lot of stuff, and then we just didn’t produce on the offensive end.”

Hereford will try to cap a perfect season Tuesday against South Carroll. The Cavaliers defeated Queen Anne’s County Friday evening in other 2A state semifinal.

Hereford last won a state title in 2003 (2A/1A).

“I feel like we are the 1980 men’s ice hockey team against the Russians, where you are so excited that you just beat such a formidable opponent but you still have another one to go,” said Ensor, who guided the Bulls to a 3-peat run in 2A/1A from 2001-2003. “That will be another tense game [against South Carroll], but I guess that’s what the playoffs are about.”

STATE LACROSSE SEMIFINALS

AT NORTHEAST

CLASS 2A GIRLS

No. 10 Hereford 9, No. 2 Glenelg 8

Goals: Hereford – Isabella Peterson 3, Clarke 3, Kaestner 2, Jordan Peterson 1, Blair; Glenelg – Cipolla 2, LeTellier 2, Nalls 2, Crawford 1, Morali 1

Assists: Hereford – Blair, Joyce, Parker, Isabella Peterson, Jordan Peterson; Glenelg – Cipolla, O’Byrne

Saves: Hereford – Posner 7; Glenelg – Torres 8

Hereford 2 7 – 9

Glenelg 4 4 – 8

CLASS 2A BOYS

No. 15 Glenelg 12, No. 13 Hereford 7

Goals: Hereford – Griffey 3, Baldwin, Bowen, Callis, Gibbons; Glenelg – Kevin Doughty 3, Michael Doughty 2, Dry 2, Hopkins 2, Gruber, Reiff, Silk

Assists: Hereford – Baldwin, Callis, Furman; Glenelg – Davis 2, Michael Doughty 2, Reiff

Saves: Hereford – Balducci 9; Glenelg – Kennedy 6

Hereford 1 0 4 2 – 7

Glenelg 4 3 3 2 – 12

CLASS 1A GIRLS

Loch Raven 16, McDonough 5

Goals: Loch Raven – Joyce 5, Ryan 4, Caldwell 2, Rose 2, Carnes, Henning, Nowowieski; McDonough – Edwards, Golden, Kidwell, Sheckells

Assists: Loch Raven – Ryan 3, Joyce 2, Rose 2, Maxwell, Nowowieski

Saves: Loch Raven – Levy 10; McDonough – Barbour 11

Loch Raven 9 7 – 16

McDonough 4 1 – 5