Patterson Mill handles Boonsboro for 1A state girls’ lacrosse championship; Alders scores 4 goals (VIDEO HERE!!)

by Nelson Coffin

Even if it took the Patterson Mill High girls’ lacrosse team a little longer than anticipated to pull away from Boonsboro in the Class 1A state championship game on Tuesday afternoon at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium, it was well worth the wait to claim the program’s first state crown in its second state final appearance.
After all, no team from outside the Baltimore metropolitan area has ever captured a girls lacrosse championship and Boonsboro’s varsity is just in its seventh year of existence.
Still, the Washington County squad was that persistent in its state final debut, forcing the Huskies (12-5 overall) from Harford County to stay on point until they began putting some distance between themselves and the Warriors (12-6).
In the end, even with some stiff resistance from Boonsboro, Patterson Mill produced a convincing 16-8 victory to cap off a satisfying season.
“This is what we prepared for all season,” Patterson Mill coach Kim Burgasser said. “We were a little nervous in the first half, but we refocused in the second half.”
It took just 16 seconds for the Huskies to jump in front for good when junior attacker Sydney Beck converted a feed from Kaley Thompson after the Elon-bound senior midfielder grabbed the opening draw and galloped toward the Boonsboro goal.
Shortly after that, junior attacker Katelyn Springer doubled the advantage and Patterson Mill was off an running after two goals apiece by junior midfielder Bethany Bruck and freshman attacker Anna Salerno and Thompson’s first tally built a a 7-4 halftime lead.
The cushion was sliced to 7-5 after Boonsboro sophomore attacker Sarah Roll rocketed in a free position shot to open the second half before the Huskies buckled down to go on a 9-2 closing run over the ensuing 20 minutes to put the lead out of reach.
Thompson, junior attacker Elise Alders, with all of her game-high four goals, Bruck, Salerno and senior midfielder Olivia Beil all scored during the outburst that left little doubt about the outcome.
It helped the Huskies’ cause a great deal that Thompson and her mates, Bruck and Beck, were having a banner day on the draw, winning 18 of 26 to gain valuable possession time.
“I thought that their height really game into play,” Mannix said about the disparity on the draws.
“No. 25 (Thompson) was awesome on the draws,” raved Boonsboro junior midfielder Makenna Luzier.
Her coach — and mother — Kathleen Luzier added that Patterson Mills’ depth and talent were problems for the Warriors.
“They have a lot of travel (team) players,” she said. “And we have really good athletes.”
Thompson, who eclipsed the 200-goals mark for her career in a semifinal victory over southern Maryland’s McDonough, said that reaching the milestone was exciting.
“But this game was all about team,” she said.
Alders agreed.
“Normally, we’re a very drive-oriented team,” she said. “But today we were doing much more cutting. It was much more team-oriented.”
B     4  4 — 8
PM  7  9 — 16
Goals: B-Ella Mannix 3, Sarah Roll, Juel Selby, Maggie Luzier, Caroline Brunelle, Makenna Luzier; PM-Elise Alders 4, Sydney Beck, Katelyn Springer, Bethany Bruck, Anna Salerno, Kaley Thompson.
Assists: B-Maggie Luzier 2, Caroline Brunnelle, Makenna Luzier; P-Kaley Thompson 3, Kaitlyn Springer 2, Olivia Bell, Anna Salerno.
Saves: B-Saxon Knight 8; PM-Faith Treptow 6.