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this year. “It definitely was hard since we lost the nine se­niors, but ev­ery­one stepped up, the se­niors took charge and we fin­ished from there.”

South River sopho­more Tommi Bres­na­han might have had some pres­sure lifted with Satur­day’s win. Her three older sisters — Heather, Tay­lor and Kas­sidy — who all won state ti­tles at South River dur­ing their ca­reers, were on hand Satur­day to cheer on their younger sis­ter and the team. There has now been a mem­ber of the Bres­na­han fam­ily on five of South River’s six field hockey state ti­tles.

“It feels great be­cause hav­ing my last name is such a priv­i­lege,” Tommi Bres­na­han said. “I have a lot of shoes to fill.”

Kait­lyn Wal­lace stopped six shots for the Sea­hawks, who shook off the un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tion they were put in two weeks ago and moved into a tie with Mid­dle­town with the six state ti­tles. Only six other schools in the state have more. first-half goal, and a sturdy sec­ond-half de­fen­sive ef­fort.

Glenelg (12-4) started slow this fall, and suf­fered back-to-back losses to Mar­riotts Ridge and River Hill in mid-Oc­to­ber. Find­ing con­sis­tency on of­fense was a strug­gle, Es­mond and coach Nicole Trunzo agreed.

But the Gla­di­a­tors came to­gether at the right time of the sea­son.

“The team chem­istry that we have, the girls that we have on and off the field, are the best girls you’ll ever meet,” Es­mond said. “Now be­ing back here is un­be­liev­able.”

Glenelg did more than just make the trip to the East­ern Shore — after fall­ing in the state semi­fi­nals in each of the past three sea­sons, the Gla­di­a­tors made sure to make the most of their op­por­tu­nity.

Es­mond’s goal, with an as­sist from se­nior for­ward Gaby Garo­folo, came with 5:51 to play in the first half.

“It’s very, very hard to get the ball down from de­fense to mid­field to for­wards, and into the goal,” Es­mond said. “It’s a team ef­fort, on and off the field.”

Trunzo was happy for the of­fense, and she hoped her team’s de­fense would use it as mo­ti­va­tion to stay steady. The unit — an­chored by se­nior and cap­tain Maddy O’Brien, cen­ter mid Paige Reese, an­other se­nior, and fresh­man goalie Rachel Barker — did their job, de­spite a “scary” feel­ing of hold­ing that one-goal lead, their coach said.

“We’ve al­ways kind of been the un­der­dogs this year, since we grad­u­ated 10 se­niors,” Trunzo said. ”These girls just stepped up, and they’re amaz­ing.”

Es­mond also praised ju­nior mid­fielder Jenny Gi­ampalmo for her work on de­fense.

Here­ford (10-9) got go­ing in the sec­ond half, and reeled off five con­sec­u­tive penal­ty­corner at­tempts at one point. Glenelg’s de­fense stiff­ened, how­ever, and kept he ball away from the cage.

The Bulls made their sixth con­sec­u­tive state cham­pi­onship game ap­pear­ance after

PATUXENT 2, F.S. KEY 0: Most of the tears had dried by the time Fran­cis Scott Key’s field hockey play­ers re­ceived their medals and posed for some team pho­tos.

The Ea­gles en­dured a 2-0 loss to Patuxent in the Class 1A state cham­pi­onship game Satur­day at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in the team’s first fi­nals ap­pear­ance in more than two decades.

But Key, with only four se­niors on its ros­ter, did its best to soak up the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I think it was a long time com­ing for us,” said FSK’s Suzanne Ed­wards, a ju­nior de­fender. “We’ve been play­ing for each other since we’ve been in fourth grade, third grade. We all knew that once we got to high school … aww, we got it now.”

Fran­cis Scott Key (11-6) claimed its first re­gional ti­tle since 1996 with a big win over Walk­ersville, then edged Fall­ston 1-0 in the state semi­fi­nals to be the last Car­roll field hockey team stand­ing this week­end. Class 4A state fi­nal South River 2, Du­laney 1 Goals: SR — Kerr, Cle­ment; DU — Her­mann. As­sists: SR — Al­li­son, Lee; DU — O’Grady. Saves: SR — Wal­lace 6; DU — Mercer 6. Half­time: 2-0, South River Class 2A state fi­nal Glenelg 2, Here­for 0 Goals: G — Es­mond. As­sists: G — Garo­folo. Saves: H — Kel­baugh 18; G — Barker. Half­time: Glenelg, 1-0. Class 1A state fi­nal Patuxent 2, FS Key 0 Goals: P- Scruggs, Di­napou­los. Saves: FSK - Black, 11; P - South, 3; Half­time: Patuxent, 1-0. Class 3A state fi­nal Ch­e­sa­peake 2, C. Mil­ton Wright 0 Goals: CH — E. Beal, Ar­ruda. As­sists: CH — Fleig. Saves: CH — Vick­ery 1; CMW — Borg 1. Half­time: Ch­e­sa­peake, 1-0

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