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!
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.
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.
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.
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.