There's a first time for everything.
And yesterday marked the first time in the six-year history of Chesapeake girls lacrosse that theCougars had overcome a team from Southern.
The Cougars (10-0) raced out to an 8-0 lead to start the game andeventually downed the Bulldogs, 22-8, in Harwood.
"We wanted to get off to a good start because we've never beat them before," said Chesapeake coach Jim Buchan, whose Cougars defeated Severna Park for the first time April 19, snapping the Falcons' 57-game unbeaten streak.
"Southern's always got a real tough team. They're very physical, and Coach (Linda) Kilpatrick does a nice job with them."
Chesapeake did a "nice job" on the hosts in the first half and was rewarded for its efforts with a 12-5 lead at the intermission. In the first half, the Cougars outshot their opponent 32-9 while winning 13 of 18 faceoffs.
The Cougars kept the ball on their side of the field most ofthe first period but were off the mark on their first seven shots.
Senior Diane McBee opened the scoring for the victors 5 minutes, 15seconds into the game on a free-position play.
McBee recorded sixmore goals before the end of the first half and finished as the game's leading point-getter with eight goals and three assists.
The Bulldogs (4-6) now are in danger of not making the 1A/2A playoffs afterfour consecutive championship appearances.
They got their first shot and first goal of the game 10:48 into the contest when Rachel Gladwell fielded a faceoff and took it straight to the net.
Southern cut the lead to 10-5 in the waning minutes of the first half on a goal from Talaya Barnett, but that's as close as the Bulldogs were to come.
The Cougars, who have sole possession of first place in the county 4A League, reeled off seven unanswered goals to start the secondhalf, giving them a 19-5 advantage and allowing Buchan to clear his bench.
Becky Smith's goal at the 13:32 mark of the second half washer first tally of the season. Smith added two goals and an assist before game's end.
Julie Smith finished as the Cougars' second-leading scorer with five goals and one assist, while Natalie Buristch andMarlene Pyles netted three goals apiece.
Scoring one goal each for Chesapeake were Tracey Brown, Cindy Baumgarner and Julie Henne.
Barnett and Amy Gamble scored two goals apiece for theBulldogs, and Southern goalkeeper Crystal Bennett recorded nine saves.
Rounding out the scoring for Southern were Gladwell, Maria Spadola, Liza Biggerand Tonya Catterton with one each.
Chesapeake goalie Michelle Julian had a rather light day in the net but still racked up four saves.
"We wanted to jump on them and not let them up," said Buchan, whose Cougars now must prepare for Friday's 5:30 p.m. matchup with Northeast.
"We jumped on South River (last week) and let them up. We had South River, 7-0, and five minutes into the second half, we're behind 9-8. We didn't want to give this one away. The kids had too much riding on this one."