The Glenelg Country girls' lacrosse team capped the best season in school history by winning its second consecutive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference title with a 13-9 victory over Oldfields on Sunday at Loyola College in Baltimore.
Senior midfielder Annie Shippen and senior attack Erica Tempchin each scored three goals, and six teammates added at least one goal each to lead the Dragons to their school-record 13th victory of the season.
"Having a lot of people score is usually what happens when we play because we don't want the other team to just have to try to stop just one player," said senior midfielder Courtney Hoke. "That's the way it's been for us pretty much the whole season."
Each team scored two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game, then the Dragons broke the game open, as Ellie Atkins, Alison Murphy, Hoke and Tempchin scored over six minutes for a 6-2 lead with 2 minutes 55 seconds left in the first half.
Glenelg Country (13-2) extended its lead to 9-3 after Shippen's goal in the opening minute of the second half, but Oldfields (10-3) scored six of the game's next eight goals to make it 11-9 with 6:31 remaining.
"I thought we made some little mistakes after we got the lead, and we lost focus for a little bit," Hoke said. "We worked hard all season to win the championship, and we weren't going to let it get away."
Glenelg Country called timeout, and Maddie Lynch extended the lead to 12-9 with 5:22 remaining. Shippen capped the win by scoring with 1:34 left.
"We knew it was going to be close, and we were really motivated because two years ago Oldfields beat us [17-7] in the championship game," said Shippen. "So we were really psyched for this game."
Glenelg Country, which defeated Oldfields in the regular season, 12-11, was dealt its only losses in non-league games against Hammond and Annapolis Area Christian.
"Our two goals this season was to go undefeated in our league and win the championship," said Coach Paige Walton, "and we accomplished both."