SILVER 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.
Junior midfielder Kendalle Foster gave the Gladiators their first lead after taking the ball all the way down the field and firing it past the Blazers goalie. The Blair defenders began to double-team Foster, forcing mistakes and turnovers that the Blazers were able to capitalize on.
The end of the first half, however, belonged to Reed. Northwood didn’t seem to have an answer for the senior as she scored four times in as many minutes to send the Blazers into halftime with a two-point lead.
Reed and freshman attacker Cassidy Wenger opened the second half with a goal each to further extend Blair’s lead.
However, that lead appeared to be in danger as the Gladiators, led by Foster, scored three unanswered goals. Blair head coach Mike Horne called a timeout to assess the situation and soon his team was back to form. The Blazers proved that they too boast multiple scoring threats as sophomores Lucy Martin and Amelia Frey and senior Stormie Poindexter all registered goals in the second half.
“We just focused on fundamentals. We tried not to focus on results and just focused on the process,” said Horne. “Every team in this county is going to give you a good game and we were expecting a tough one.”
The Blazers will have a mere 24 hours to rest before traveling to Clarksburg to face the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Gladiators are still searching for their first win of the season. Northwood head coach Jennifer Buckley appeared optimistic about her team’s next game against the Einstein Titans on Thursday. When Einstein and Northwood faced off against each other in a scrimmage earlier this season, the Titans won by just one point.
“We’re hoping to get some redemption [against Einstein.] We know that to win a game we’re going to need 10 goals and we’re hoping this coming Thursday will be our first 10-goal game,” said Buckley. “My girls don’t quit and they support each other 100 percent and that’s what being on a high school team is about, teamwork and being there for your teammates.”
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