Less than two minutes into Tuesday afternoon’s Maryland 3A/2A girls’ lacrosse final at Stevenson University, the Gladiators took a lead and asserted their dominance over C.M. Wright, just as they have done to their opponents all spring. Methodically, but surely, Glenelg picked apart the Mustangs en route to a 12-3 victory and a second consecutive state title.
“Our goal every year is states or bust, and I think that’s something we’ve really been working for,” LeTellier said, holding the championship trophy at the postgame news conference. “We’ve been working so hard in practice — our coaches push us so hard — and it really paid off today.”
Top-ranked Glenelg (20-0) dominated on the championship stage, giving the “level 10” effort the players and coaches preached all season. The offense played with patience and pace and controlled time of possession. The defense stayed out of trouble, but on the occasions C.M. Wright broke through, junior goalie Maddie McSally was ready.
C.M. Wright (10-7) kept the game close in the first half and cut the deficit to 2-1 on Taylor Marchetti’s goal eight minutes into the game. But much like in the teams’ April 3 matchup — a 13-5 Glenelg win — and last year’s state semifinal — a 15-3 Glenelg win — the Howard County power reigned supreme.
The Gladiators’ depth and talent were on full display from the outset Tuesday. Junior Anna Callahan notched three goals while LeTellier had two goals and three assists. Senior Alayna Pagnotta and junior Maddy O’Brien scored twice, and senior Courtney Renehan had a goal and two assists. Glenelg took a 6-1 halftime lead and cruised to its fourth girls’ lacrosse state title in school history.
“I’ve never worked so hard for something in my life, and that’s what makes it feel even better,” Callahan said. “We know how hard we’ve worked and we just wanted to prove that we belong up top and we belong playing those tough, top-10-in-the-nation teams.”
Led by Coach Nicole Trunzo and assistant Alex Pagnotta — who stepped in for longtime coach Virginia Kincaid after last season — the Gladiators extended their winning streak to 27 games with an unbeaten season that included two victories over No. 4 Marriotts Ridge and one against national power Notre Dame Prep. In the playoffs they were just as dominant, rolling through the Maryland 3A/2A South region and outscoring opponents 94-17 in six playoff games.
“This one feels better [than last year’s],” LeTellier said. “We just wanted to come back here so much. Every day, Coach Alex and Coach Trunzo telling us that [we needed] ‘level 10’ every day, it made us really hungry to come back here and get another one.”