La Plata comes up short in SMAC fi­nal

War­riors girls lacrosse falls to Leonard­town

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

The ad­min­is­tra­tors at the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence might as well just pur­chase a girls lacrosse tro­phy and give it to Leonard­town.

The Raiders (15-0 over­all) scored the first five goals of the game and rolled to a 22-5 vic­tory over vis­it­ing La Plata on Mon­day to win their 11th straight con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship.

Leonard­town, which emerged from the con­fer­ence’s Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion, led 16-2 at half­time to all but se­cure the top spot in what has be­come an an­nual event.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to be SMAC cham­pion,” Leonard­town se­nior cap­tain Carly Bowes said. “I know, no mat­ter what, we have to work hard be­cause af­ter SMAC you have to go to re­gions and con­tinue on, so you can’t ever give up. We just play well and not down to any­one’s level [and when we do that] we do well as a team.”

The win was Leonard­town’s 105th straight over a con­fer­ence op­po­nent. The Raiders’ last SMAC de­feat was a 7-6 loss to Chop­ti­con on April 19, 2007.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s some­thing we set a goal for at the be­gin­ning of each year and it’s great to ac­com­plish it,” said Leonard­town se­nior cap­tain Chelsea Ki­bler, who had two goals and five points in the win. “I think in SMAC this year has been our best com­pe­ti­tion so far. We had tough games against

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

La Plata’s Rylee Ot­ten, left, and Taryn Ging con­verge on a loose ball in Mon­day’s SMAC cham­pi­onship game at Leonard­town.

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