WESTMINSTER OWLS

2019 CLASS 3A STATE GIRLS LACROSSE CHAMPIONS

No. 15 Westminster runs past C. Milton Wright for repeat in 3A state girls lacrosse; Dintino scores 6 goals (VIDEO HERE!)Z


by Derek Toney

During the second half of Monday’s Class 3A state girls lacrosse championship game, a fan shouted “Go Speed Racer,” every time Westminster High’s Hannah Dintino ran with the ball.

Part Energizer Bunny, part Wonder Woman, the 5-foot-5 senior casted a huge shadow, leading the No. 15 Owls to a 15-9 victory over 14th-ranked C. Milton Wright at Montgomery County’s Paint Branch.

The Carroll County school (13-6 overall) staggered the Mustangs, accounting for the game’s first six goals and led by as many as 10 in the second half, en route to its second straight 3A crown. Last year, Westminster defeated Mount Hebron at Stevenson University for its first state championship.

“You can’t compare them. It’s a new season, a new year, new girls,” said Owls coach Jackie Stevens. “But coming back for our seniors is definitely a great feeling.”

“The bond we have, we’re all really close this year,” said Dintino. “We were really close last year, but this year, we’re all best friends on and off the field and that makes a huge difference especially when it gets to big games like this.”

Dintino was ginormous in the Owls’ penultimate match of the year Monday. The Furman University recruit had six goals and an assist, blazing past and contorting around C. Milton Wright defenders.

Dintino scored four of the Owls’ first six goals. Her fifth tally, a free position strike, made it 10-1 with 3 minutes, 25 seconds left in the opening half.

Westminster led 11-2 at halftime.

“I think it’s a momentum thing,” Dintino said. “We’re kind of used to our first halves not being as good so we all wanted to come out with a big first half and show off what we can do so notching in a few goals on all of our parts was something we needed and something that doesn’t normally happen so we really wanted that to be a game-changer.”

Dintino opened the second half with an unassisted tally, starting a running clock, albeit briefly as C. Milton Wright found its footing. The Mustangs got to 14-7 with 7:48 left in regulation after an unassisted tally from Haley Cummins.

The Harford County school had a free position opportunity, but was denied by Owls goalie Sara Tyssowski, who sent an outlet pass. Chloe Sedlar completed the break, finishing a pass from Anna Ruby, putting Westminster up 15-7.

“Getting the lead was crucial for us. We could settle our nerves and realized we got this,” said Westminster senior Anna Ruby, who along with Sedlar added a hat trick Monday. “We have the ability, let’s finish this.”

Cummins, a junior committed to Oregon, finished with three goals and two assists for C. Milton Wright (13-4), and Maddison Remeto scored twice. The Mustangs lost to Westminster, 16-15, at the South River Tournament last month.

After an impressive showing in Friday’s state semifinal decision over Huntingtown, the Mustangs followed with a listless first half in the rematch Monday with Westminster.

“I think we just came out very slow, what I thought I noticed was, we weren’t mentally checked in,” said C. Milton Wright coach Faye Brust. “We weren’t ready to be there.”

“We didn’t play a full game,” said Cummins.

The Owls were 6-6 after back-to-back one-goal losses. Their six losses were against VSN Top 20 squads including Hereford and Carroll County rival South Carroll who will play Tuesday for the 2A state title.

“We knew those games were just going to make us stronger,” said Stevens, whose squad lost to 4A East Region finalist Broadneck and Marriotts Ridge, which was ranked in the Top 10 all season. “We knew what we needed to work on and what to do as a team to get to this spot again because this is what matters.”

“I thought midseason we lost a lot of confidence. We had a couple of tight losses and didn’t have it in us to turn the tables,” said Ruby, who will play for Loyola next season. “Coming into playoffs we knew all that had done was make us tougher and grittier.”

The Owls are state champions again after nine state Final Four trips without a title. Westminster won its final seven decisions.

“From the coaching staff, which is just amazing, I think the support they give and the girls believing in us and us believing in the girls, it’s just an amazing feeling,” Owls coach Jackie Stevens said. “People always say it’s so hard to get here twice — and it was — but we deserve it because they played with their hearts and they left it all out on the field and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

CLASS 3A STATE GIRLS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP

AT PAINT BRANCH

No. 15 Westminster 15, No. 14 C. Milton Wright 9                                                                         

Goals: C. Milton Wright – Cummins 3, Remeto 2, Bajkowski, Hoover, Marchetti, Schleicher; Westminster – Diktion 6, Ruby 3, Seilar 3, Salz 2, Pettine

Assists: C. Milton Wright – Cassilly 2, Cummins 2; Westminster – Dintino, Ruby, Sedlar

Saves: C. Milton Wright – Kohr 4; Westminster – Tyssowski 14

C. Milton Wright 2 7 – 9

Westminster 11 4 – 15