Perryville’s season ends in region final loss
— The opponent may have been different, but the result proved to be the same for the Perryville girls’ lacrosse team.
The Panthers, playing in their thirdstraight regional championship game, fell 21-4 to visiting Fallston in the 2A-1A North Region Final on Wednesday. Perryville had fallen one game short of the state semifinals each of the past two seasons, with both of those losses at the hands of Queen Anne’s.
“We’re here again, doing the same thing we did two years in a row,” Panthers coach Mary Dunman said. “This is the third year, but hey, we’re here. That’s all that matters.”
The Cougars dominated from the start and built a 16-2 halftime lead.
“They’re a Harford County team and, obviously, Harford County
has a lot more experience with lacrosse,” Perryville senior captain Ally Remesch said. “All of their players are a little more experienced than us, so that kind of got us, but I think that we played with a lot of heart and hustle today.”
Dunman felt the early goals surrendered were too much to overcome.
“I think the beginning of the game, they got a jump on us and my girls, defensively, got frazzled,” Dunman said. “We just couldn’t recover from it. We just didn’t come and play our game, truthfully. I don’t think we played the game we played all year.”
Sydnie Bjork led the Panthers (13-2) with two goals and Taylor Poore and Bea Muscella added a goal apiece. Remesch and Claire Hudson each tallied an assist.
Anna Dennison led Fallston (11-6) with six goals, Kelly Emge scored four goals, Emily Solak and Emily Stambaugh each recorded a hat trick, while Katie Donhauser and Zoe Hurlburt both scored twice and Kayla Wolff added a goal.
Perryville’s sensational season came to an end Wednesday, but not before a handful of goals were met.
“I’m so proud,” Remesch said. “We won the Susquehanna Division title, we beat Havre de Grace for the first time in years, we made it to the region championship for the third year in a row and no other county team has come close to that. I’m really proud of us.”
Dunman added that the Panthers went undefeated against Cecil County opponents. Remesch graduates with seven other seniors that have left their marks by lifting the program to a new level.
“The eight seniors leaving have been here for four years, and every year, they’ve one-upped themselves,” Dunman said. “What they’ve done is: For fours they’ve worked hard every year to achieve more and more. What they’ve given this program is hard work and effort. That’s what they’ve carried on, the people coming in, that’s all that they’ve seen is the hard work and effort all the way through.”
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Perryville’s Bea Muscella runs the ball upfield during the Panthers’ 21-4 loss to Fallston in the 2A-1A North Region Girls’ Lacrosse Final on Wednesday.