Winters Mill girls rout Loch Raven for 2A-1A title, 13-2

Falcons win 9th in row, earn 2nd straight championship game victory over Raiders

May 25, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Early in May, Winters Mill senior Erin McMunn knew the defending state champion Falcons would make a run at another girls lacrosse title.

After starting off 6-3, the No. 6 Falcons rebounded from a disheartening 10-goal loss to beat three strong opponents in four days. That turnaround sparked a nine-game winning streak that culminated Wednesday in their third state crown in four years.

McMunn had three goals and two assists, and Madison Cyr had two goals and two assists as the Falcons defeated Loch Raven for a second straight year in the Class 2A-1A final at UMBC, earning a 13-2 win.

The Falcons (15-3) graduated five Division I players from last year's team, which beat the Raiders, 19-8, in the Class 2A-1A title game, and filled that void with a number of sophomores and freshmen as well as a converted midfielder, Kacie Fogle, in goal. After falling to No. 5 Marriotts Ridge, 14-4, the Falcons rebounded with wins over No. 8 Century, 15-14; No. 9 Fallston, 8-5; and Liberty, 12-9.

"I think especially that big win against Century when we it came down to the last minute and we were able to pull it out was a really big confidence booster for us," McMunn said. "We knew we could play like we played like last year and we were going to be competitive for the state title this year."

The Falcons' only losses were to Good Counsel, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion; Marriotts Ridge, the state Class 3A-2A champion; and No. 4 Westminster, which lost to No. 11 Severna Park on Wednesday night in the state Class 4A-3A championship game.

"Who would have thought March on 1, that our seniors would lead and we would have followed them to this point," said Falcons coach Courtney Vaughn, who has only six seniors on the roster. "I don't think anybody expected us to be here. We just got better and better and better as the year went on."

The Falcons overwhelmed Loch Raven (11-6), especially on the defensive end, where they forced a handful of turnovers, including a couple that led to goals within seconds. The Raiders turned the ball over at least 18 times and were outshot 27-8.

Loch Raven cut the Winters Mill lead to 4-1 on Meredith Moyer's goal with 13:57 left in the first half, but the Falcons scored the next six goals.

Defensively, the Falcons relied largely on underclassmen — freshmen Laura Trilling, sophomores Sydney Trentzsch, Shelby Trentzsch, Maddie Bodden and Caitlyn McMunn — as well as seniors Meghan Sturgill and Fogle.

The Raiders were an even younger team, with 12 underclassmen on a roster of 19 players. When senior leader Michaela Bird tore an anterior cruciate ligament before the season started, the Raiders were left with only three seniors, including goalie Leanne Bittner, who made five saves Wednesday.

While the Raiders have played in three straight state finals, many of the girls on their roster had not played in any. It didn't help that the Raiders had a roster about half the size of Winters Mill's.

"We needed to get the ball off the draw and settle and really conserve our energy," Raiders coach Tracy Mabe said. "We were just frantic, couldn't maintain control of the ball. We're a young team, and we have deficits in stick skills that we've been trying to press all season, and that became very clear today against a solid team."

Goals: LR—Moyer, Moore; WM—Sy.Trentzsch 3, E.McMunn 3, Cyr 2, Artuso 2, Simensky, Peters, Buell.

Assists: LR—none; WM&mdash ;E.McMunn 2, Cyr 2, Phillips.

Saves: LR—Bittner 5; WM—Fogle 4. Half: WM, 9-1.

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