The Glenelg girls’ lacrosse team, shown here celebrating their 2016 state championship victory, repeated as Maryland 3A/2A champs this year. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Coming off a state title with a new coaching staff and most of the core players returning, Glenelg junior Georgia Esmond was “hopeful” the team could make another run. But what transpired during the 2017 spring season exceeded even the most optimistic projections. 

The Gladiators (20-0) went undefeated and repeated as Maryland 3A/2A state champions, knocking off some of the nation’s top teams along the way. They not only earned the top spot in The Post’s final girls’ lacrosse rankings, but garnered national attention as the second-ranked team in the Inside Lacrosse and USA Today  national polls, behind McDonogh (Owings Mill, Md).

“It's great because every year we see private school, after private school, after private school [at the top of the rankings],” Esmond said. “Having a public school in there, we worked so hard. It just shows how much work we've put in.”

Glenelg entered the season with Coach Nicole Trunzo and assistant Alex Pagnotta taking over for Ginger Kincaid. The team took on a new motto — “level 10 lacrosse” — but they had the same old winning results against a challenging schedule that included No. 4 Marriotts Ridge (twice), No. 5 Severna Park and Notre Dame Prep (ranked third in national polls). In their toughest postseason test, they beat Marriotts Ridge, 8-6, in the Maryland 3A/2A South region semifinal before cruising to their fourth girls’ lacrosse state championship in school history.

“I think I'll just remember the feeling of the whole season. Especially the state championship game, when all our hard work really culminated in the final win,” said senior Lindsay LeTellier.  

“All season we kept saying we need to work hard, we need to bring intensity to every practice and every game. It was incredible to see all our hard work pay off. It was so incredible to experience.”

Glenelg graduates All-Met Courtney Renehan and nine other seniors, but returns a talented group of juniors including Esmond and All-Met Anna Callahan to lead a team that has won its last 27 games.

“We have really good talent coming in,” Esmond said. “I'm hopeful we can fill [the talent] back in and we'll be good to go next year.” 

The Post Top 10

Bishop Ireton won its final 13 games to capture championships in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association tournaments … St. Stephen’s/St.Agnes senior Zoe Belodeau was named All-Met Player of the Year … Severna Park All-Met sophomore Alex Miller scored 43 goals to help lead the Falcons to the Maryland 4A/3A state final … Georgetown Visitation senior goalie Grace Rotondo, a Harvard commit, made the All-Met team for the second consecutive year … Robinson beat Langley in the Virginia 6A semifinal and Centreville in the final to capture its third consecutive state championship.

1. Glenelg (20-0) Last week: 1

2.  Bishop Ireton  (19-5) LW: 2

3. St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (27-2) LW: 3

4. Marriotts Ridge (12-4) LW: 5

5. Severna Park (17-3) LW: 6

6.  Good Counsel (14-6) LW: 7

7.  Georgetown Visitation (12-6) LW: 8

8. Glenelg Country (15-5) LW: 9

9. Robinson (18-5) LW: 10

10. Langley (21-1) LW: 4

On the bubble:  Spalding (13-5), Leonardtown (16-1), Riverside (18-1), Potomac Falls (18-1)