The Winters Mill girls lacrosse team celebrates its 2A-1A state… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
For Winters Mill's Erin McMunn, winning a second girls state lacrosse championship meant something quite different than winning the first.
After the No. 6 Falcons rolled over Loch Raven, 19-8, for the Class 2A-1A crown Tuesday at UMBC Stadium, the junior thought about what it meant to win two titles in three years.
"I think it's just as exciting to try to keep the legacy going and build a legacy vs. getting your first one, [when] you're like, 'Oh, this is really cool,' and then you start showing ... that we're trying to build something here and keep it going," McMunn said.
McMunn was one of three Falcons to finish with seven or more points as Winters Mill polished off an 18-1 season with 16 straight wins.
Katie Leech scored the first four goals and finished with six as well as two assists. Mackenzie Cyr had three goals and seven assists and McMunn added four goals and three assists. Amalie Trentszch added four goals.
Loch Raven's defense gave the Falcons trouble initially, causing a handful of turnovers that kept them within 3-2 about 15 minutes into the game. Once the Falcons started moving the ball exceptionally well in transition and in the arc, they scored 13 of the next 14 goals to run their lead to 16-3 when Cyr fed McMunn with 18:20 to go.
"They just threw cutter after cutter and we have to learn to stay stick-to-stick. We weren't quite doing that," Raiders midfielder Michaela Bird said. "They were really quick to set picks, run off each other, quick feeding -- which made it really difficult. We weren't used to a team that played that fast."
Bird led the Raiders (12-5) with four goals and Meredith Moore added two.
Winters Mill coach Courtney Vaughn said this Falcons team, averaging more than 16 goals per game, is the best team she has coached in seven years with the Falcons and at Liberty before that.
"Lacrosse has come so far," Vaughn said. "Each year, it gets better and better, but I push them, I ride them and that's why they're going to Maryland (Trentzsch), Towson (Leech) and Penn State (Cyr) and Erin's going to Princeton. We get them ready for the next level, so they know the intensity that they're going to have. We run them like a little college program."