Glenelg’s fast start too much for No. 4 Marriotts Ridge; Esmond’s six points lead way (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Donald Daniels
Glenelg High got off to an early lead and didn’t look back as the sixth-ranked Gladiators knocked No. 4 Marriotts Ridge from the unbeaten ranks with a 15-10 victory in a Howard County girls’ lacrosse game in Marriottsville Friday evening.
Glenelg scored 11 of the game’s first 14 goals before holding off a Mustang second half surge to gain the inside track to another Howard County league crown. It was the first loss of the season for Marriotts Ridge, which prior loss was to Glenelg in last spring’s Class 3a/2A East Region playoffs.
With tough non-league matches against Notre Dame Prep and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) earlier in the season, Glenelg (6-2 overall, 4-0 Howard) was ready for Friday’s league showdown.
“Playing a tough schedule was real benefit to us, the girls have put the hardwork in at practice and we are just taking things on game at a time,” Glenelg coach Nicole Trunzo.
Georgia Esmond, who will play for Johns Hopkins University next season, had four goals and an assist, and and Anna Callahan added a hat trick and two assists . Rachel Scheinberg also had four goals.
“This year we having a saying and it’s called ‘ownership’, with ownership we want to own every play, every ground ball, every step is ours for us to take,” said Callahan, who will play for Duke next spring. “So that first goal was really a slam dunk for us to get momentum and keep it going from there.”
Scheinberg converted an Esmond feed from behind the cage to give the Gladiators the lead, 1:24 into the contest. Callahan slashed her through the Mustangs defense for a score, and the Gladiators were on their way to an 8-3 halftime advantage.
“The girls really worked the ball around with motion, talked well and did a great job in finishing plays,” Trunzo said.
The scoring continued for the Gladiators in the second half with goals from Scheinberg at the 17:49 mark, and Esmond 21 seconds later, expanding their lead to 11-3.
Marriotts Ridge (7-1, 3-1 Howard), however, made things interesting.
Drexel-bound Hayleigh Simpson, who had a team high four goals, used a solid move to get off a shot seven yards in front of the goal to start a 4-0 run that also contain tallies from Jessie Burd and Erin Cooke. Glenelg slammed the door, scoring three goals in the final three minutes.
“We really got rattled in the early part of the game and got ourselves into a hole, Marritotts Ridge coach Amanda Brady said. “We got good shots, but Glenelg made good saves and we just couldn’t score enough to get ourselves out of the hole in the second half.”
No. 6 Glenelg 15, No. 4 Marriotts Ridge 10
Glenelg 8 7 – 15
Marriotts Ridge 3 7 – 10
Goals: Glenelg – Georgia Esmond 4, Rachel Scheinberg 4, Anna Callahan 3, Sarah Cipolla 2, Jenny Giampalmo, Mallory Jubb, Emily Nalls; Marriotts Ridge – Hayleigh Simpson 4, Erin Cooke 2, Jessie Burd 2, Gracie Kennedy, Victoria Hensh
Assists: Glenelg – Callahan 2, Esmond 2, Jubb; Marriotts Ridge – Eloise Clevenger, Hensh, Simpson
Saves: Glenelg – Maddie McSally 17; Marriotts Ridge – Hannah Miller 2