Lions show moxie on Washington College’s fast turf surface in reaching region championship
Q. Anne’s 13 — Kent 6
CHESTERTOWN — The Lions’ first dance on the artificial turf at Washington College’s Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium was a resounding success Tuesday evening, thus earning the privilege of tonight’s encore.
Mckenna Blick scored four goals and Kailey Boomer and Payton Batchelder each netted three as Queen Anne’s County High’s girls’ lacrosse team topped Kent County, 136, in the Section II final of the 2A/1A East Region playoffs.
The Lions never trailed, taking a 7-1 lead in the first half, and rebounded from a streak of Kent County goals midway through the game.
With the victory, the Lions (10-5) have a chance to defend their regional championship as they meet Southern of Anne Arundel tonight at Washington College at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs defeated Patuxent 16-3 in the Section I final.
Bri Hemstetter and Audrey Helfenbein each scored a pair of goals for Kent County. Goalie Alison Rameika made nine saves and Maggie Jones scooped five ground balls.
Emily D’Orsaneo collected three ground balls for the Lions.
Blick opened the scoring when she slung in a low underhanded shot on a free possession 4 minutes into the game. She collected the ground ball off the ensuing draw and her teammates scored moments later. Boomer pumped in an overhead shot from 8 yards out, off an assist from Rebecca Clay, to make it 2-0 with 20:27 left in the first half.
Kent County (10-4) countered with 16:06 left. Hemstetter collected a pass just in front of the outstretched stick of Lions goalie Emily Karbaum (seven saves) and scored with an overhand shot into an open goal to cut the deficit to 2-1.
But the Lions answered 39 seconds later to begin a streak of five straight goals. Callie Crawford reached up for a pass and sent a quick shot down and into the net to make it 3-1. Twenty-four seconds later, after Abby Folker (two goals) scooped a ground ball, Blick tallied off an assist from Taylor Sheppard for a 4-1 lead.
With 8:40 left in the half, Batchelder fired in a sidearm shot, low to the left side of the net, off an assist from Sheppard for a 5-1 lead. Blick bounced in a right-hander, off a feed from Batchelder, and Boomer fired across her left shoulder for a goal, off a pass from Sheppard, to make it 7-1.
Despite their large deficit, the Trojans battled back with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half, and scored four of the next five goals, to gain some life. Kate Bartholomew passed to
Helfenbein open in the crease and she spun and scored high with a right-hander with 41 seconds left in the half. Bartholomew spun in the goal area and scored low with a left-hander with 16 seconds left.
Queen Anne’s Tara Kenna tallied early in the second half to put the Lions up 8-3 before the Trojans got another goal from Helfenbein and another one from Hemstetter to make it 8-5. But the Lions then took complete control with five unanswered goals for a 13-5 lead with 2:31 remaining.
“Our middies really stepped up tonight, taking some good shots from the top,” Lions head coach Penelope Santos Bates said. “Their goalie, I thought, had a great game. She made some really tough saves. They [the Trojans] definitely have some key players that are able to get it into the cage. They kept fighting, which was nice.”
Batchelder completed the Lions’ scoring when she caught a pass on a free-possession play and tallied while circling from the side of the crease.
“It was a nice tempoed offense, where we moved the ball around the outside, and everyone basically played their role today, which was nice, and we had other players step up, which was good,” Santos Bates said.
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Queen Anne’s County and Kent County players scramble for a draw control during Tuesday’s 2A/1A East Section II final at Washington College. Queen Anne’s players from left are Makenzie DeMoss, Mckenna Blick, Abby Folker, and Taylor Sheppard. Kent County players are Maggie Jones (16) and Kate Bartholomew.