Lions win re­gion for 8th year in a row

QA’s starts fast in rout of Bull­dogs, cruises to the fin­ish

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

Queen Anne’s 15 — South­ern 8

CHESTERTOWN — The Lions struck from the get-go Wed­nes­day evening and now get to go back to the state semi­fi­nals.

Mckenna Blick scored a minute into the Class 2A/1A East Re­gion ti­tle game against South­ern on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege’s Roy Kirby Jr. Sta­dium. A lit­tle over two min­utes later, Queen Anne’s County High’s girls’ lacrosse team had a 3-0 lead and was on its way to a 15-8 vic­tory and an eighth straight re­gion cham­pi­onship.

Back from rest­ing a sore hand, Madi­son As­cione led Queen Anne’s with a dom­i­nat­ing ef­fort, col­lect­ing ground balls for pos­ses­sion and scor­ing a game-high seven goals. Abby Folker scored four goals and Blick and Kai­ley Boomer each scored twice for the Lions.

As­cione scored with an over­hand shot on a free pos­ses­sion run from the top hash mark for a 2-0 Lions lead 2 min­utes, 31 sec­onds into the game. Thirty-two sec­onds later, Folker ran around de­fend­ers on the right side of the goal area be­fore cross­ing in front of the crease and pump­ing in a left­hander for a 3-0 lead. All that came be­fore the Bull­dogs had gained a sin­gle pos­ses­sion.

“That re­ally gave us the mo­men­tum for the whole game,” As­cione said. “It kept us go­ing ‘till the end.”

The Lions’ lead grew to 4-0 when Folker beat de­fend­ers on the left side of the arc and flung in a righthander with 17:56 still left in the open­ing half.

“Draw con­trols and pos­ses­sions is what we were con­cen­trat­ing on, to main­tain pos­ses­sion of the ball, get down on of­fense and work all of our plays,” Lions head coach Pene­lope San­tos Bates said. “She [As­cione] was key on draw con­trols and get­ting pos­ses­sion.

“At this level, ev­ery team is great. They all have great plays. They have great players,” San­tos Bates added. “They have great of­fenses and they have great de­fenses. The key is pos­ses­sion. If you get pos­ses­sion, there’s your op­por­tu­nity to get the ball into the cage.”

The Lions’ four-goal lead came in handy, as the Bull­dogs even­tu­ally pro­duced some ef­fec­tive of­fense, clos­ing within a pair three times be­fore Queen Anne’s put the game away with five unan­swered scores late in the se­cond half.

“I thought we played very well. We re­ally stepped up for this one,” As­cione said. “This was a big win for us. We’ve been aim­ing for this the whole sea­son. Ev­ery­body was re­ally de­ter­mined and we all just came to­gether as a team re­ally well. And we knew ever ything that we’ve been go­ing through dur­ing the sea­son came to this mo­ment.”

With South­ern still hang­ing in the game, down 11-8 mid­way through the se­cond half, As­cione picked off a pass that led to a free pos­ses­sion for team­mate Emma Feaga. Bull­dogs goalie De­laney San­comb made an ini­tial stop of a shot by Feaga, but Feaga flicked in the re­bound for a 12-8 lead with 8:37 to play.

Queen Anne’s then could af­ford to take time off the clock, which forced South­ern into a des­per­ate tac­tic, mov­ing its goalie out of the crease to work as a de­fender. The Lions

took ad­van­tage, scor­ing eas­ily into an open net three times down the stretch to fin­ish the game.

Syd­ney Davis and Abi­gail Wilkin­son led the Bull­dogs’ with three goals apiece.

Queen Anne’s goalie Emily Kar­baum fin­ished with seven saves, which in­cluded a de­flec­tion of a free-pos­ses­sion shot by South­ern’s Molly Bark­man early in the se­cond half to pre­serve a 9-5 lead, and a stop on a closerange shot by Wilkin­son with eight min­utes to play.

Se­nior Emily D’Or­sa­neo led the Lions’ de­fense along with Olivia Cheezum and fresh­men Grace Swee­tak and Emma Caulk.

Folker han­dled most of the draws for the Lions.

“Abby Folker was tak­ing the draws most of the time and she did a great job plac­ing it to who she needed to place it to,” San­tos Bates said. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss Email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s County goalie Emily Kar­baum is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates af­ter the Lions’ 15-8 vic­tory over South­ern in the 2A/1A East Re­gion ti­tle game at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege.

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