Arundel 15, Great Mills 10

Great Mills midfielder Beth Woodburn raised her stick in exasperated fashion. She was trying to help her team mount a comeback, she was open and she wanted the ball.

But as had happened for most of the afternoon, an Arundel defender tipped away a pass and started to run the other way -- all part of a frustrating Thursday afternoon for Great Mills, which saw its season end at home with a 15-10 loss to Arundel in the opening round of the Maryland 4A-3A East Regional lacrosse tournament.

Great Mills (2-13) was able to hang around for the early portion of the first half thanks to two early goals from Woodburn that made the score 4-3 with 11 minutes 2 seconds to play in the first half. However, by the time Woodburn scored again with 17:41 to play, the Wildcats (7-7) had run off eight goals to make the score 12-4.

"Our defense was doing a good job creating turnovers; we would just throw it away in the midfield," Great Mills coach Michelle Richmond said. "I always preach to them that if we have the ball, they can't score. Sometimes we make it harder than it is. Some days we get it and we run the clock, and sometimes we don't. We didn't do that today."

It also didn't help that Woodburn didn't get enough chances around the goal later in the game. With her three goals against Arundel, she finishes her career with 82 goals in her three seasons on varsity, which leaves her six shy of the school career scoring record.

"We go through spurts, and the first half was our slow spurt. We picked it up in the second half, but by then it was too late," said Woodburn, who play lacrosse for Randolph Macon next spring. "It would have been nice to break the record, but oh well."

Woodburn was a part of all three athletic seasons for Great Mills with declining degrees of success. She was a part of the field hockey team, which claimed the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference title and suffered its only loss of the season in the regional tournament to Meade.

She also averaged more than 10 points per game for the basketball team, which won one game in the regional tournament before also being bounced by Arundel.

"You feel like you win, then you go .500 and then you don't win many at all," Woodburn said. "But you know, what do you do? You still work hard at it."

Even with all the hard work, Great Mills couldn't slow an Arundel team making the most of its opportunities. Midfielder Lauren Clear scored five goals in the first half to help the Wildcats take an 8-3 lead. She helped give Arundel numerous second chances on offensive possessions and helped push the lead as high as 10 in the second half.

"The team typically waits for her to turn it on," said Arundel Coach Cindy Kelley, whose team will face Broadneck in the next round. "She's been key to our attack and success for most of the season. We're working on her consistency to be able to do that in every game -- no matter who the opponent is."

The Hornets began to close the gap over the final 11:20, scoring five goals to end the game. Brittany Boylan scored twice down the stretch for Great Mills. Betsy Lampo, who also had two assists, scored her only goal of the game with 6:48 remaining.

Jeannie Hofmeister, above left, trys to slow down Arundel's Lauren Clear Thursday as she moves to the goal. Below, Great Mills's Michelle Gale, No. 23, scores against Arundel goalie Lauren Jenkins.