Alders and Bruck combine for eight goals as Huskies return to state championship game with huge semifinal win over Boonsboro

by Gary Adornato

With a prom scheduled for later in the evening, the Patterson Mill girls lacrosse team drew a 10:00 a.m. start for its 1A state semifinal match-up with Boonsboro of Washington County, Saturday morning, at Havre de Grace High School.

Fortunately for the Huskies, they made quick work of the Warriors, building a 10-0 first half lead and advancing to their second straight 1A state final with a dominant, 18-5, win, leaving the Warriors something to ponder on their their long journey back to Hagerstown.

Senior Alise Elders wasted little time putting Patterson Mill on top, taking a feed from Delaney Madsen and depositing it in the goal just over a minute into the game. Elders would score three times in the first eight minutes of the game and finished with a team-high five scores.

She had plenty of help.

Three other Huskies — senior Bethany Bruck and sophomores Lindsey Tolliver and Anna Salerno all finished with hat-tricks. Bruck added a team-high three assists, Katelyn Springer scored twice and Madsen had a pair of assists to go with her goal.

Patterson Mill (10-6) scored the first 10 goals of the contest, five of which were on free possession opportunities, and they got a running clock rolling with 8:52 to play in the first half.

Alders said the fast start and shared scoring distribution are by design.

“We like to build that momentum early and lately we have been really strong with our teamwork,” said Alders. “We work a lot with our assists and make sure there is equal opportunities and we pick each other up where we can.”

Patterson Mill coach Kim Burgasser said she pushed her team to be ready for a fast start against Boonsboro, a team the Huskies defeated in last year’s 1A state title game.

“We played Boonsboro last year in the state championship and we knew they were going to be hungry to come play us again,” said Burgasser. “We talked to the girls and told them they had to be fired up right from the start. We couldn’t let them come out early. It was a big day for the girls. It was prom day for them; they are ready to go back to the states, so they were fired up and ready to go today.”

Boonsboro turned off the running clock when it finally got on the board with back-to-back goals by senior McKenna Lazier, who led the Warriors with three scores, and Ella Mannix also scored for the Warriors to cut the Patterson Mill lead to 10-3 at the half.

According to Bruck, fatigue may have played a roll in the lull the Huskies experienced in the final minutes of the first half.

“We just struggled with the draw at the end of the first half,” said Bruck. “It was the end of the half and we just got a little bit tired, but we had a good talk at halftime.”

Leading 12-4 early in the second half, the Huskies rolled off four straight scores to build a insurmountable 16-4 advantage. The running clock returned at the 15-minute mark, when Salerno scored her second goal of the second half in the middle of that surge.

The victory, although relatively easy, was not without cost for the Huskies.

With a little more than 18 minutes to play in second half, Springer, who leads the Huskies with 39 goals this season and has accepted a lacrosse scholarship to Villanova University, went down in front of the crease after receiving an entry pass from Bruck. There was no contact on the play, but as Springer cut to position herself for a shot, her left leg gave way and she spilled onto the turf.

After several minutes, she was assisted off the field with an apparent injury to her left knee.

“We’re praying that she just tweaked something and she’ll be back tomorrow,” said Bruck, who will play her college lacrosse in North Carolina at Coastal Carolina University. “We pray that she’s going to be OK.”

Burgasser echoed those sentiments, but said she is confident her team will respond to challenge if they have to play the state final without Springer.

“The good thing is this year our team really played as a team,” said Burgasser. “Kate had a huge impact on our whole season and we’re praying for her that it is not something very serious. I know and I believe this team is going to come together and they’ll push that much more to make up for her not being on that field.”

As it seeks its second straight 1A state championship, Patterson Mill will play either Loch Raven or McDonough (Charles County) on Tuesday afternoon (4:00 p.m.) at Paint Branch High School in Montgomery County.

Pictured above: Seniors Elise Alders (left) and Bethany Bruck led the Patterson Mill scoring attack in the Huskies’ semifinal win over Boonsboro. Alders had a team-high five goals, while Bruck had three goals and three assists.

(at Havre de Grace High School)
BOON 3 2 — 5
PMILL 10 8 — 18
GOALS: BOON-MaKenna Lazier 3, Ella Mannix, Ava Selby; PM-Elise Alders 5, Lindsey Tolliver 3, Bethan Bruck 3, Anna Salerno 3, Katelyn Springer 2, Delaney Madsen, Sydney Beck.
ASSISTS: PM-Bruck 3, Madsen 2, Beck.
SAVES: BOON-Samantha Pizarro 5; PM-Faith Treptow 6; Cynthia Salazar.