Girls Lacrosse Hopes to Continue Dominating

Jack Liparini

As the flowers start to bloom and the rainy season comes, we are all getting ready for girls lacrosse season.  With each season comes new challenges and things to overcome.

    A prominent Junior Player, Gracie Kennedy had this to say looking forward to the season, “The upcoming lacrosse season has a really good outlook. We have a returning senior captain, Victoria Hensh, getting us back into the grind of things and the team is looking great. After our disappointing loss to Glenelg in playoffs, we’re ready to come back and give everything we have to not experience that again!” This positivity runs deep throughout the team.

    There seems to be a lot of returning stars this season including our very own Victoria Hensh. The team should have a good shot at the State Championship as in the past they have been a pretty reputable team in this girls lacrosse landscape. The team definitely seems highly motivated and ready to work this coming season. There should be a lot to see out of this team.

     This year’s Girls Lacrosse team will have the willpower to overcome any obstacles and  bring in another State Championship for our Mustangs!

Boys Lacrosse Hopes to Build off of Last Year’s Success

Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor

The 2018 season ended with a win for the first time in the schools history and they hope this will not be the last. The team finished with a 17-2 record, a Regional championship and a State championship.

Offense

The team was filled with talent on the offensive side of the field. This included 6 seniors and 1 freshman. This years offense will be filled with a lot of new faces as they hope to continue the success they had last year. The team received two transfers, John Miller from Loyola Blakefield and Tommy Ruddo from Glenelg. Both play attack and look to help out the team immediately. The midfield position will not return one player from last year. This group looks to step up and fill the shoes of the players before them.

This side of the field will have a lot of new faces and they look build off of the success that recent Marriotts Ridge teams have had.

Defense

This side of the ball returns every player from last year and more. They will have a 4 year varsity starter, Colin Kelley, in goal. They return Senior Ricky Fedorchak and Juniors Andrew Page and Patrick Greene. They also added another transfer form Loyola Blakefield, Senior Ben Ward and he looks to make an immediate impact. At long stick middie, Quinn Kelley looks to continue his success from freshman year. The defense was one of the strongest position groups this team has had in recent years and they look to be even stronger this year.

Head coach, Coach Incontrera will have a new challenge this year as his team will have a target on their back day in and day out. Every team will be looking to knock off the Mustangs after winning a state title a year ago. The road will not be easy for the Mustangs but they look to weather the storm and end their season with a win, 2 years in a row.

MRHS Hockey Takes Home Serio Cup in Dramatic Fashion

Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor

The Glenelg Marriotts Ridge rivalry added another action packed game, this time on the ice. Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg took center stage on February 7th at the Columbia Ice Rink. Marriotts Ridge took home the cup in overtime 2-1.

Marriotts Ridge has already beaten the Gladiators twice this season but this game was neck and neck the entire way. After the first period the two teams were scoreless.

In the middle of the second period Glenelg struck first after a shot was rebounded into the back of the net. Marriotts Ridge looked stunned and went into a 10 min intermission down a goal. Things were not looking good for the Mustangs and the fans were losing hope.

The final period began and it seemed that nothing had changed, Glenelg was dominating the game and was slowly running out the clock. Marriotts Ridge began to pull their goalie with 2 minutes remaining as desperation time was kicking in. With 30 seconds to go Glenelg was ready to celebrate back to back Serio Cups, but not so fast. Two penalties gave the Mustangs a 5 on 3 advantage and with the goalie pulled, it was 6 on 3. The Mustangs had hope and knew this was their chance to capitalize, and they did just that. Sophomore Ben Watson put the puck in the back of the net with 12 seconds to go and the Marriotts Ridge student section erupted. After the goal a Glenelg player was ejected and left their team down 2 men going into overtime.

With new life in the Mustangs and a two man advantage, Marriotts Ridge knew they had to win it here. The Mustangs momentum carried over to overtime and they struck the winning goal in front of the Mustang faithful. Ben Watson, the player who scored the game tying goal also scored the goal to win it all.

This game was action packed and filled with excitement from start to finish. The Mustangs lost this game last year to Glenelg and were not going to let it slip away again. The Cup returned home to the Mustangs and they did it in the most dramatic fashion possible.

Mustangs Back on Track

Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor

In the Mustangs’ last game before the holiday season, the Boys Basketball team gifted the fans with a blowout win 77-46. After a 3 game losing skid the Mustangs needed this win to regain confidence heading into winter break.

The game started very slow for both sides. Both teams were missing shots and turning the ball over consistently. But that would not continue as the Mustangs shot lights out and scored 22 points in the second quarter. The score at halftime was 35-19 in favor of your Mustangs. The halftime break did not slow this team down as they went on to score 28 points in the third quarter to increase their lead to 27. The game slowed down scoring-wise at this point and both teams cleared their benches in the 4th quarter. Brandon Held led the scoring with 18 points.

Losing 3 games in a row is never a good sign for a team but last night the Mustangs showed their potential: when they play as a team, they are dangerous. A 3-3 record is a good record to have going into the break but this team needs to remain consistent and play their best every game.

Mustangs Lose on the Road

Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor 

On Friday, December 14th the Boys Basketball team fell a tough one on the road 49-40 to the hands of River Hill High School. It was a back and fourth affair but the Mustangs started off slow and were playing catch up the entire game. 

The Hawks were reigning County Champions and returned lots of talent, they showed that on Friday night. The Mustangs started off 2-0 and looked unbeatable but now see themselves at 2-2 and are looking for answers. They are now 1-2 in county play and in the middle of a 2 game losing streak. 

In front of a packed crowd on a Friday night the Mustangs did not play well when it mattered. This game was not all negative and was neck and neck from start to finish. At half this game was a 3 point contest at 24-21 and the Mustangs had momentum. They could not close in on that lead as it was still just 3 points separating them at 32-29. It was a defensive battle. The Mustangs need to find their rhythm on offense down the stretch but that did not happen. They were outscored 17 to 11 in the final quarter and could not keep up with River Hill’s shooters. They made clutch shot after clutch shot and played at their best when it mattered the most. 

The Mustang faithful was disappointed with the outcome but are not hitting the panic button. It is too early to tell how good this team can be and fans are remaining optimistic for the long upcoming season. The Mustangs have played two of the best in the county so far and although not coming out on top, they showed a lot of promise to be successful during the season. They sit at 2-2 and 1-2 in county play. Their next two games are Monday against Liberty High School and Wednesday against Chesapeake High School. 

Mustangs Fall in a Close One

Head Coach Mr. Brady drawing up a play during a time out. 

Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor

On Wednesday night the Marriotts Ridge Boys Basketball team took the floor against Wilde Lake High School. The Mustangs fought hard in the end but could not secure the win as they fell 67-62. 

The Mustangs were 2-0 heading into the game after victories over Glenelg and South Carroll in dominant fashion, but Wilde Lake was their first true test. The now 2-0 Wildcats made the big shots when it mattered and stayed composed throughout the game. In the end it was too much for the Mustangs. 

At halftime the Mustangs led 29-26 and had confidence going into the locker room. Wilde Lake had other ideas as they outscored Marriotts Ridge 25-15 and had 7 point advantage going into the 4th quarter. Our Mustangs did not see this as a time to quit, they saw it as a time to respond. They did just that and quickly started the 4th quarter on a run and tied the game at 51. The crowd was getting loud as the game was going back and fourth knowing that every possession and every basket would be important. But the two Wilde Lake Seniors rose to the task and took over the game. Marc Marshall and Trea Keys, who combined for 42 points to the finish the game, made shot after shot and did not let up on the gas pedal. The Mustangs were down 3 in the final minutes and Senior guard Cam Heard drew a shooting foul behind the arc and was gifted 3 shots. After missing one, the Mustangs were forced to play the fouling game. As Wilde Lake made both of their free throws, the Mustangs had another chance to tie the game with a three. Coach Brady drew up one final play hoping for overtime, but it was only a wish. Cam Heard’s final attempt did not fall and that was the game. 

Wilde Lake is a very talented side and knew how to win in crunch time. Although the Mustangs did not come away with a win they showed that they can hang around with one of the county’s best. There is still reason to believe this team has what it takes to have a strong regular season. The Mustangs’ next opponent is River Hill High School, reigning County Champions, on the road Friday night.