No. 4 Marriotts Ridge preserved its perfect season Tuesday night with a 16-12 victory over No. 7 South River in the District V girls lacrosse championship game at South River.
South River's plan early in the game, which pits the Anne Arundel County champion against the Howard County champion, was to deny Zoe Stukenberg the ball. Junior defender Bella Pyne drew the task of face-guarding Stukenberg.
The plan played into Marriotts Ridge's hands, though. With the high-scoring Stukenberg drawing the defensive attention, offensive opportunities opened for Taylor Hensh (five goals), Nicole Grote (three), Molly Fleming (two), Marissa Davey (two) and Maggie Brooks (two). Stukenberg also scored twice.
"Whoever won the draw was scoring," Marriotts Ridge coach Natalie Gaieski said.
The teams traded goals early in the second half, with South River going ahead 10-9 on one of Amber Kovalick's three goals in the game.
But after that, Marriotts Ridge dominated the draw and held South River scoreless for 16 minutes. Before Alex Watson found the net, the Seahawks trailed 16-10.
"It was kind of frustrating," Pyne said, "but we didn't come together as a team today. That's what brought us down. Our defense [wasn't] who [we] are usually. We didn't talk or communicate like we usually do."
The District V title is a first for Marriotts Ridge.
Marriotts Ridge has a first-round bye in the regional playoffs. The Mustangs' first game will be Friday.
No. 10 South River 14, No. 9 Glenelg 9: After being down a goal at the half , the Seahawks scored just 32 seconds into the third quarter Tuesday and never slowed down on their way to eight unanswered goals and a 14-9 victory.
"It's contagious after a while — you get that first goal and suddenly everyone's involved," coach Paul Noone said. "We started running fast breaks, transitioning down the field, guys are making the extra pass and the goals kept coming."
Seahawks senior Jon Carr, who was responsible for the run-starting score early in the second half, felt the shift in momentum right away.
"It's always good to score a goal, but right after halftime like that is really huge," Carr said. "You could see it, our defense started things and that opened up our transition game. Once that happened, we steamrolled them."
Carr finished with four goals, Ben Chisolm chipped in with five goals and an assist and Nick Marcelino made nine saves in net for a South River team that improved to 15-0 on the season.
Glenelg's Nick Wynne, who scored four times during the first half to help his team to the lead at intermission, finished with a team-high five goals. Nick Forrest also chipped in with three goals for a Gladiators team that dropped to 13-2 on the year.
"The game was decided between the boxes and we simply couldn't get possession back in that third quarter," Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker said. "Our turnovers, with their team speed, killed us."
Patuxent Publishing reporter Brent Kennedy contributed to this article.
Goals: MR—Hensh 5, Grote 3, Fleming 2, Davey 2, Brooks 2, Stukenberg 2; SR—Spalding 3, Kovalick 3, Bresnahan 2, Watson 2, Milligan, Longo.
Assists: MR—Grote 2, Davey, Thompson; SR—Bresnahan 2, Spalding 2.
Saves: MR—S. Ortell 7; SR—Duswalt 4, Obear 1.
Half: SR, 8-7.