Manchester Valley girls’ lacrosse routs Fallston for its third straight victory; Warehime, Cremin and D’Anthony combine for 12 goals (VIDEO HERE!)
by Nelson Coffin
A year after losing 14 seniors to graduation from a stellar 13-3 squad, Manchester Valley High girl’s lacrosse coach Shelly Brezicki was not expecting miracles in 2018.
What she was hoping at the beginning of the season was for the Mavericks to improve as the season progressed.
Thursday evening at Tierney Field at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Brezicki watched her team take a big step forward with a 15-4 victory over Fallston.
It was the third straight win for the Carroll County school, which improved to 6-4 while Fallston fell to 6-5.
“We were trying to get the girls to know where they need to get to,” Brezicki said.
For one game, at least, the Mavericks arrived in a big way, with senior attacker Lauren Cremin, senior midfielder Tayler Warehime and sophomore attacker Mackenzie D’Anthony scoring four goals each in the victory while the defense — senior Hannah Justice, juniors Josey Kilngenberg and Abby Zeigenfuse and sophomore Clare Sunderland — stood tall in front of senior goalie Becca Wade.
After pulling to within 3-2 on a goal by senior attacker Kelly Emge, the Cougars from Harford County were then held scoreless for more than 29 minutes while Manchester Valley rattled off 10 straight goals, seven of which were assisted.
“We were letting the ball do the work,” Brezicki said. “We were using space and being patient. We were constantly talking and we were a lot more confident tonight.”
Cremen in particular was threading the needle on feeds to cutters moving at full speed through the arc.
Two of her game-high five assists went to Warehime on successive plays to open the second half. Warehime returned the favor later in the period when she passed up a free position shot to find Cremen on the doorstep for an easy finish to make it 13-2 with just over nine minutes remaining on a mercy rule-induced running clock.
Warehime, who will play for the University of North Carolina next spring, surpassed the 200 career goal mark (202) with Thursday’s four-goal performance. The midfielder, who played two years at North Carroll before the Hampstead school was closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year, has 262 career points.
“It was a team effort today,” said Warehime, whose rifle shot is one of the hardest in the metro area. “There wasn’t much 1-v-1. We came in focusing on us and playing our game.”
Fallston, after a bruising week in which it was clobbered in back-to-back games by unranked C. Milton Wright, 14-6, and No. 15 Bel Air, 18-3, appeared to be running on fumes at time.
“We had a tough week,” Fallston coach Mike McTeague said. “And that’s a talented team we played. That’s what happens when you play a lot of defense. Our stickwork was letting us down and we were getting a little frustrated.”
The Cougars’ load doesn’t get any lighter for their next game when they host No. 13 Westminster on Monday.
The same can be said for the Mavericks, whose next opponent is unbeaten and 19th-ranked South Carroll, also on Monday.
MANCHESTER VALLEY 15, FALLSTON 4
(at Tierney Field – US Lacrosse)
FAL 2 2 — 4
MV 6 9 — 15
GOALS: F-Logan Ward 2, Sarah Dudick, Kelly Emge; MV-Mackenzie D’Anthony 4, Tayler Warehime 4, Lauren Cremen 4, Mia Alvarez, Becca Ruiz, Maddie Zeller.
ASSISTS: F-Rachel Solak; MV-Lauren Cremen 5, Jeri Garland, Mia Alvarez, Tayler Warehime.
SAVES: F-Lauren Grabanski 8; MV-Becca Wade 7.