Glenelg girls lacrosse coach Ginger Kincaid said she likes the District V title game with Anne Arundel County champion Severna Park because her Gladiators don't face that level of competition in Howard County.
The No. 2 Falcons showed Kincaid's team why they are the three-time defending Class 4A-3A state champions Tuesday, breaking out of a tie midway through the first half to reel off 10 straight goals and go on to a 14-2 victory in the second annual District V girls lacrosse championship.
The No. 13 Gladiators kept the game close early by winning almost all the draws and playing solid defense against a balanced attack, but soon after Severna Park's Sarah Lloyd scored the second of her four goals with 13:35 to go in the first half for a 2-1 edge, the host Falcons took off.
"We were prepared for a good game and it was," Lloyd said. "They're a good team, and we played really hard. Once we started focusing a little more on our shot selection and concentrating on placing the ball, I think we did a much better job shooting."
The Falcons (15-0) also played terrific defense, forcing turnovers after many of the Gladiators' draw controls, although Glenelg also had a few too many unforced errors among its 18 turnovers.
Severna Park goalie Emily Mata made seven of her nine saves in the second half as the Gladiators (11-4) picked up their game and matched the Falcons shot for shot.
Glenelg goalie Katie Becker, who had a spectacular 14-save effort in beating Mount Hebron Saturday to secure the Gladiators' spot in the District V game, took a shot to her thumb about 10 minutes into the game, hitting the same spot she had injured in practice last week. She said she did lose focus for a while, but she was the only goalie the Gladiatos had.
Lloyd scored first on a feed from Elizabeth Barranco in the early minutes before Kayleigh Hinkle tied it for Glenelg with 14:12 to go in the first half. After Lloyd's second goal, the game stayed 2-1 until Kendyl Gardner scored back-to-back goals to continue a 10-goal run that ended with an Ally Adams goal and an 11-1 Falcons lead with 12:18 to go.
Goals: G—Hinkle, Baker; SP—Lloyd 4, Torggler 3, Gardner 2, Adams 2, Barranco, Patterson, Mia. Assists: G—Chase; SP—Barranco 3, Patterson. Saves: G—Becker 5; SP—Mata 9. Half: SP, 8-1.