Category: Marriotts Ridge Girls Lacrosse

No. 1 McDonogh girls' lax soars over No. 4 Marriotts Ridge, runs win streak to 192

McDonogh's Kemper Robinson follows through on a second half goal during Monday's non-league girls' lacrosse match against Marriotts Ridge. The No. 1 Eagles extended their national-record winning streak to 192 with a 17-5 victory over the fourth-ranked Mustangs in Howard County.

by Nelson Coffin

No. 4 Marriotts Ridge High girls' lacrosse team won a major battle — but lost the war — against top-ranked and undefeated McDonogh School Monday.

The host Mustangs, with sophomore midfielder Kayla Brusco face-guarding Eagle senior attacker Julia Hoffman, held the University of Maryland commit to a single assist, although the Eagles were still able to score early and often while racing to a 17-5 victory — their 192nd in a row since 2009.

The plan devised by Marriotts Ridge coach Amanda Brady and her staff was to shut off Hoffman by having Brusco follow her every move throughout the non-league contest in hopes of throwing McDonogh’s offense off kilter.

Early in the game, it appeared to be working.

“Kayla is very scrappy and a hard-worker,” Brady said. “And she takes her job seriously.”

Brady said that it was a mark of respect to put all that attention on Hoffman, who was mostly content to stand near the sideline while allowing the Eagle offense to get better spacing in 6-on-6 sets.

Or she would stand in the middle of the action to set picks.

Either way, Hoffman said that she was pleased to see nine-time defending IAAM A Conference champs McDonogh (15-0 overall) carry the torch in such a capable manner.

“It’s a lot easier to score 6-on-6,” she said. “We started off a little slow. We just needed to get out of our own heads.”

After senior midfielder Hayleigh Simpson staked the host Mustangs (9-2) to an early lead by scoring the game’s opening goal on a ferocious drive down the right alley, sophomore attacker Izzy Marsh and sophomore midfielders Emma Shettig and Emma Tilson answered for the Eagles.

Marriotts Ridge crept back to within a goal on another Simpson tally midway though the opening period before freshman Kemper Robinson gave the Eagles a 4-2 advantage on a dodge-and-finish through the arc.

At that point, the Mustangs were very much in the game until Shettig buried a free position and was fouled on a high hit near the goal circle after the shot, causing the Mustangs to play short-handed for almost four minutes after another foul was called on Marriotts Ridge.

“That did take some wind out of our sails,” Brady said.

The Eagles’ extra-man offense then produced a pair of goals to offset a goal by Marriotts Ridge junior attacker Katie Thompson to make it 6-3 with under four minutes left in the half.

Hoffman found Marsh on the doorstep just 13 seconds before the intermission to ignite a 7-0 run that lasted well into the second half as McDonogh built a 13-3 cushion.

The spree was fueled by senior center Maddie Jenner’s dominance on the draws, winning 15 during the game while sophomore Kayla Abernathy chipped in with four.

The Mustangs were only able to muster five draws.

Showing her versatility, Jenner also scored back-to-back goals during the run.

Marriotts Ridge hardly had any significant time of possession in the second half until sophomore midfielder Eloise Clevenger banged in a free position and then fed Thomson, cutting through the arc, for the Mustangs’ final goal with 13:27 left in regulation.

McDonogh coach Nancy Love said that she is used to rivals using different defensive strategies to try to foil the Eagles.

“It’s not the first time Julia has been face-guarded,” Love said. “But we have a plan in place, and if they want to give that to us, we’ll take it. It’s a next-man-up thing.”

The Eagles will need as many contributors as possible, considering that they still have No. 5 Bryn Mawr School and No. 6 Glenelg Country School coming up this week while the Mustangs take on Howard County opponent Atholton.

MCDONOGH 7 10 — 17
GOALS: MCDONOGH - Maddie Jenner 2, Lila Huddles, Blaire Pearre 2, Kayla Abernathy 2, Izzy Marsh 3, Emma Shettig 2, Kemper Robinson 3, Emma Tilson 2; MARRIOTTS RIDGE -Hayleigh Simpson 2, Katie Thompson 2, Eloise Clevenger.
ASSISTS: MCDONOGH - Julia Hoffman, Maddie Jenner, Blaire Pearre, Kayla Abernathy, Emma Shettig; MARRIOTTS RIDGE - Eloise Clevenger.
SAVES: MCDONOGH - Julia Cooper 5; MARRIOTTS RIDGE - Olivia Ranta 4.