Finally. That was the word on the minds of Glenelg girls' lacrosse players after winning the Maryland 2A/1A title last week.

"After coming close for all those years, it's finally our turn to win," said senior All-Met midfielder Terri Coover. "Just look at how much we've all been through."

Glenelg (16-2), which lost in the last three state semifinals, defeated Century, 11-10, to give a long-coveted prize to some players who had come up short in several sports.

In field hockey, Coover, Jenn Cochran and Ashley Levering remember shedding tears after Rising Sun scored the game-winning goal with four seconds remaining in the 2003 semifinals. Last fall, in its first state final in 25 years, the field hockey team lost, 2-0, to Hereford.

In basketball, Alex Mundy doesn't like talking about her team's past two region tournaments. In 2003, Glenelg squandered a 10-point lead in the third quarter against Potomac in the region final. This year, against Potomac in the region quarterfinals, Glenelg had a one-point lead and possession with 20 seconds remaining but committed two costly turnovers to finish with a 55-52 loss.

"Both times, Potomac went on to win the state championship, too," Mundy said. "That should have been us."

Mindy Sartori and Mundy were 30 minutes from a 2A state soccer title in 2003, then watched Century score three consecutive goals to pull out a 3-1 victory.

"I never wanted to feel the way I felt after that game again," Sartori said.

In the lacrosse final, Glenelg had an 11-4 advantage with 6 minutes 3 seconds remaining after Kristy Black's second goal of the game, but Century reeled off six goals in a span of 4:05 to get within one.

Century (15-1) won the ensuing draw and moved into scoring position, but Glenelg junior goalie Kristen Krammer deflected shots by sophomore midfielder Jenny Steadman with 40 seconds remaining and Megan McGuire with 16 seconds left. Krammer recovered the loose ball, and Century didn't get the ball again.

"What makes winning lacrosse so special is just look at how many heartbreaking losses we all had to go through both in lacrosse and other sports," Sartori said. "I think it makes it special that in the last game we're going to play as seniors, we finally won a state title together. You can't ask for a better ending than that."