DUNDALK — After a winless season in 2018 during which they only scored 31 goals, the Patapsco girls lacrosse team dropped down to Baltimore County Division III to help revive a program that had usually contended in Division II.
Consider the Patriots alive and kicking. And scoring.
Patapsco rallied from a two-goal deficit on April 17 to defeat visiting Milford Mill 8-5 and clinch the Division III title.
The Patriots are 6-3, with two of the losses coming during a tournament at Hammond High (which do not count for regional seeding).
Patapsco trailed Milford Mill 4-2 with a minute remaining in a first half that had been basically dominated by the Millers.
A goal by Candice Sharpe gave Patapsco a boost heading into halftime, and the Patriots seized the opportunity by the neck.
By the time it was done, Patapsco had scored six unanswered goals and the Millers had gone the equivalent of an entire half without scoring.
Milford Mill’s fifth goal came with 22 seconds remaining in the game and the Patriots leading 8-4.
Katelyn Jarvis, a freshman, carried Patapsco with six goals. Her older sister, senior Jessica Jarvis, had Patapsco’s other goal.
After Milford Mill took a 2-0 lead in the first 18 minutes of the game, Katelyn scored with 6:53 and 2:29 remaining in the first half to get Patapsco to within 3-2.
Katelyn tied the score two-and-a--half minutes into the second half, and gave Patapsco the lead for good with 14:58 remaining in the game.
A goal by Jessica made it 6-4, and Katelyn added a couple of insurance goals in the final eight minutes.
Patriot goalie Elianna Souter made 10 saves.
With the division title secured, Patapsco wants to finish strong over the last four games to earn a high seed and a home game or two in the Class 3A North Region playoffs.
The Patriots play at Milford Mill on Friday and at Parkville on Monday before playing its final two games at home against Owings Mills (May 1) and Overlea (May 3).
Sparrows Point (4-5) dropped under .500 after a 3-0 start with a home loss to Rome Free Academy of New York state, 11-6 on April 16, and a 21-9 loss at Loch Raven on April 17.
The Pointers were to host Hereford on Wednesday and host Perry Hall on Friday.
Dundalk (2-8) lost to visiting Pikesville 20-2 on April 17.
The Owls host Eastern Tech on Friday and Carver A&T on May 1.