Lions win region for 8th year in a row
QA’s starts fast in rout of Bulldogs, cruises to the finish
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 email@example.com
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.