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Blair girls win LAX Battle of the Boulevard against Northwood

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Blair Blazers vs. Northwood GladiatorsSILVER SPRING — The 2018 high school varsity lacrosse season may only be a few weeks old, but Blair senior attacker Markeeta Reed has already had her favorite moment of the season so far.

Reed turned in a five-goal performance Monday that helped the Blair Blazers earn their first win of the year in the Battle of the Boulevard against the neighboring Northwood Gladiators, 12-7.

“I don’t want to see my team lose; it’s not a good feeling,” said Reed. “It’s a relief to win. I made a couple goals to help the team and we worked together to get those goals.”

The game started off close at the beginning as both teams traded leads and tied the score twice in the first half. The Gladiators showcased their multiple threats as five players all scored throughout the course of the evening.

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Gburg Trojans dominate NW Jags in girls lacrosse, 12-8

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Gaithersburg Trojans’ Maisie Scott (23) brings the ball down the field under the watchful eye of Northwest Jaguars’ Jenny Lee (19). Scott scored five goals in the Trojans’ 12-8 win against the Jaguars. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGaithersburg Trojans’ Maisie Scott (23) brings the ball down the field under the watchful eye of Northwest Jaguars’ Jenny Lee (19). Scott scored five goals in the Trojans’ 12-8 win against the Jaguars. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — From a close first half to a blowout second, the 12-8 win by the Gaithersburg Trojans varsity girls lacrosse team over the visiting Northwest Jaguars got them out of their rut and kept the Jaguars flustered.

A painful season-opener blowout at home, followed by two straight wins and then two straight losses (including a 11-3 annihilation by Richard Montgomery and a nail-biting 9-8 loss to Quince Orchard) had the Trojans seeking a morale booster in the game against the Jaguars.

The Northwest Jaguars still have only one win to their name, a 12-5 walloping of the Clarksburg Coyotes, and came into the game with three starting players hurt.

“We’ve got three starters out. One of them was in the first half and couldn’t make it through the second half, so I think that had a little bit to do with it,” said Northwest head coach Tara Nicholas.

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Wootton Patriots win a close one over Northwest in girls lacrosse

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A shot attempt from Wootton midfielder Raeann Carpenter is blocked by Northwest goalie Katherine Jones. The Wootton Patriots held on to win 8-7 against the Northwest Jaguars. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK A shot attempt from Wootton midfielder Raeann Carpenter is blocked by Northwest goalie Katherine Jones. The Wootton Patriots held on to win 8-7 against the Northwest Jaguars. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The Wootton Patriots varsity girls lacrosse team overcame a slow second half start at home Friday and rallied behind midfielder Raeann Carpenter to defeat the visiting Northwest Jaguars, 8-7. With just three minutes left in the game, Carpenter’s tie-breaking goal ended up being the game-winner and her third score of the evening.

The Patriots (2-3) scored first and led most of the game, bolstered by senior goalie Andie Stave. The University of Colorado commit finished the bout with 14 saves, 10 of them in the first half.

Northwest senior midfielder Julia Brock was instrumental in her team’s comeback. Brock’s first-half hat trick robbed Wootton of its comfortable lead and knotted the score at 6-6 heading into the half.

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St. Albans boys storm back to defeat Landon in lacrosse, 7-4

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St. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSt. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  WASHINGTON D.C. — St. Albans lacrosse head coach Rory Hyland tossed the game ball to senior captain Carter Tate. Tate, upon receiving the ball, immediately decided to share it with defenseman Hugh Preas. The two Bulldogs clearly had a strong rapport with each other, the same rapport that they showed on the field. It was behind these two senior Bulldogs teammates that St. Albans took down the No. 21-ranked team in the nation, the Landon Bears.

After struggling in the first half, St. Albans caught fire right from the opening whistle of the second half, storming back from a two-goal deficit, and upsetting Landon 7-4.

Strong defense characterized the first half for Landon. After allowing St. Albans to score the opening goal, Bears goalie Mitchell Laughlin became a brick wall in front of the net. Laughlin recorded 10 saves in the first half, and provided Landon with momentum in the early stages of the game. Brett Gallagher, John Geppert and Garrett Kurtz each recorded goals in the first half as Landon went on a 3-0 run. Going into halftime, Landon led St. Albans 3-1.

“We were settling for outside shots,” Hyland said of St. Albans’ offense in the first half. “We thought if we held on to it a little more, we would get some one-on-zeroes.”

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Landon Bears defeat Bullis Bulldogs in boys lacrosse

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Landon’s John Geppert scores his third goal of the day while being hammered by Bullis defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKLandon’s John Geppert scores his third goal of the day while being hammered by Bullis defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — National powers and conference rivals Bullis Bulldogs and Landon Bears met on the gridiron for varsity boys lacrosse Friday at Bordley Stadium at Triplett Field but when the dust settled the Bears emerged with a 10-5 victory over the Bulldogs.

Landon, who earned their third consecutive win, jumped out to a 7-2 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Bears were led by Joey Epstein and John Geppert, who combined for eight goals. Epstein, an Under Armour All-American, finished with five goals and three assists while Geppert added three goals and an assist.

Zach Johnson and Graham Hertzberg also scored goals for Landon and Garrett Kurtz contributed an assist in the winning effort.

“This is a good win to give us confidence,” said Espstein, a Johns Hopkins recruit. “We really believe we should win this league or we can win this league.”

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Kennedy crushes Wheaton in girls lacrosse 6-3

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Kennedy’s Aalayah Dorsey celebrates a goal as she’s mobbed by teammates.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKKennedy’s Aalayah Dorsey celebrates a goal as she’s mobbed by teammates. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — From a first-half struggle to a second-half blowout, the Kennedy Cavaliers beat the Wheaton Knights 6-3 in a varsity girls’ lacrosse rivalry game Tuesday night.

The two rivals met on a cold night, Wheaton with two wins so far and looking to start an unbeaten streak with a third while Kennedy had a 1-1 record.

After the game, both teams are on equal footing with a 2-1 record.

It was a first half that brought out an impressive showing from both teams, although the Cavaliers evidently had the edge. They played more aggressively and controlled the ball better on the Knights’ side, leaving their defense relatively relaxed.

“I think that today Kennedy came out stronger and they gave momentum and they kept momentum throughout the game,” said Wheaton head coach Kimberly Taylor.

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Rockville Rams beat Magruder in boys lacrosse, 7-5

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Rockville defender Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder sophomore middie Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHRockville's Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder's Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — It was a tit-for-tat battle of attrition between the Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team and the visiting Magruder Colonels Friday night that ended in victory for the Rams, 7-5.

Both teams played a strong defensive game and, as the game went on, the possibility of overtime loomed closer.

“The defense definitely played very well, they helped out the offense a lot,” said junior Rams midfielder Jonathan Brake.

First blood went to Rockville when they scored first, but the Colonels tied it up to start the back-and-forth pattern of scoring for the rest of the match.

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Blake Bengals decimate Paint Branch in girls LAX, 20-6

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PB Panthers vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — The Blake Bengals varsity girls lacrosse team proved Tuesday that snow days, spring break and rescheduled games have no effect on them as they demolished the Paint Branch Panthers at Bengal Field by a score of 20-6.

The game, originally scheduled for March 23 and postponed due to inclement weather, ended up serving as the season opener for both teams.

The Lady Bengals appeared undeterred by the damp field and cold weather as they poured on goal after goal and secured a running game clock with five minutes left in the first half. The Panthers didn’t seem to have an answer for Blake junior midfielder Caroline Via, who finished the game with an unprecedented 10 goals. Sophomore attacker Kiely Hutchcroft wasn’t far behind with six goals.

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B-CC boys rout Quince Orchard 11-6 in lacrosse

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B CC Barons vs. QO CougarsGAITHERSBURG — Over the course of one quarter the entire game went south for the Quince Orchard varsity boys lacrosse team as the Cougars lost to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, 11-6.

After clawing back to a tie at the end of the third quarter, the Barons outscored the Cougars six-to-one in a shocking about-face fourth quarter.

“They had a game plan. They executed it much better than what we wanted to do. They came out with more heart, more intensity and they beat us,” said Cougars head coach David Heiney-Gonzalez.

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Rockville Lady Rams dominate Gaithersburg in lacrosse, 11-4

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Gaithersburg’s Caroline Boyle fires this goal through the Rockville defense, but Rockville’s varsity girls team prevailed 11-5. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKGaithersburg’s Caroline Boyle fires this goal through the Rockville defense, but Rockville’s varsity girls team prevailed 11-5. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Rockville Rams varsity girls lacrosse team opened the season Friday by traveling to Gaithersburg and making a statement, beating the Lady Trojans by a score of 11-4.

The Rams appeared unfazed by the cold, windy weather as they scored early and often. The Rockville defenders swarmed the Gaithersburg attackers and made sure the Trojans never led.

Rockville freshman Paige Krawczel and sophomore Nycole Hidalgo ran roughshod over the Gaithersburg defenders as they both registered four goals apiece. Hidalgo also finished with one assist.

Meanwhile, Gaithersburg senior attacker Caroline Boyle finished the game with two goals of her own, one in each half.

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