Stone Ridge transfer Mairin Hall helps Churchill win first girls' lacrosse region title
Up until Wednesday's 4A/3A West region girls' lacrosse final, Churchill senior Zoe Kabelac could only go on the gut feeling she's had since the preseason -- that the arrival of sophomore transfer Mairin Hall from Stone Ridge would put the Bulldogs over the top and into the Maryland state semifinals.
Once Hall ignited a second-half barrage that gave host Churchill a 17-7 victory over Sherwood and its first region girls' lacrosse title, Kabelac had more than enough evidence to show just what a difference one year and one player can make. In 2009, the Bulldogs went undefeated until they lost to Walter Johnson in the region final.
"With Mairin running it up and down like she does, you can see we're pretty good," Kabelac said, emerging from a celebratory group of Churchill players. "I want to see her play after I leave for college because she's that good."
Early on, though, it looked like the final would belong to Sherwood as the Warriors took a 5-2 lead thanks to the play of junior goalie KC Emerson (19 saves) and senior Cali Siravo (three goals). But after Churchill drew even at 6 heading into halftime, Hall (three goals, four assists) took over.
The midfielder teamed up with Kabelac (four goals) and sophomore Maddie Flax as the Bulldogs scored nine consecutive goals to begin the second half. Afterward, Hall couldn't help but reflect on her decision to transfer.
"It took a lot of thought because I'd been going to private school my whole life and didn't really know what it was going to be like," she said. "But obviously, I'm so glad."
-- MARRIOTTS RIDGE 11, MOUNT HEBRON 10: In the 3A/2A South region final, the host and fourth-ranked Mustangs (16-1) got three goals from Zoe Stukenberg and two more from senior Lindsey DiAntonio to defeat the defending region champion and seventh-ranked Vikings (10-5).
Freshman Zoe Earnest scored for No. 8 Broadneck (15-3) with two seconds remaining in regulation to send the contest to extra time.
-- WINTERS MILL 10, GLENELG 9: Senior Katie Chase scored two goals but was stopped from point blank range in the final minute of the 2A/1A South region final as the Gladiators (13-5) fell just short in their upset attempt against regional power Winters Mill.
Fast start lifts Patriots
Meantime, Wootton junior Chris Doran scored on the team's first shot. And it was a balanced effort between defense and offense that led the 10th-ranked Patriots to an 11-5 victory.