La Plata comes up short in SMAC final
Warriors girls lacrosse falls to Leonardtown
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
La Plata’s Rylee Otten, left, and Taryn Ging converge on a loose ball in Monday’s SMAC championship game at Leonardtown.