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Manchester Valley Girls' Lacrosse Team Approaches Perfect Season
With three games left in the regular season, the Manchester Valley Mavericks (12-0) are on the verge a perfect season.
This accomplishment would taste even sweeter for head coach Shelly Brezicki and her team after finishing the 2014 season 19-1.
Ranked No. 1 among all public school teams in Maryland, the Mavericks have scored 10 goals or more during 11 of their 12 contests, with the exception of their first game against C. Milton Wright -- a 7-5 win March 23.
Morgan Cremen, a 2013 Manchester Valley graduate and sophomore defender at McKendree, expressed excitement about her alma mater's recent success.
"Coach [Brezicki] has always perfected pushing her team to their full potential," Creman said. "It's great to see that everyone's hard work is paying off, and I'm very grateful to have come from such strong program."
The feat of going undefeated won't be easy for Brezicki's team, as it faces Century (April 23) and Roland Park Country School (April 29) during its final two contests of the regular season.
Century is the No. 2-ranked public school team in the state and one of the Knights' biggest rivals. During last season's contest between the two schools, Manchester Valley came away with a 10-9 victory.
Roland Park defeated the Knights, 13-5, April 30, 2014 to hand them their lone loss of the season. Manchester Valley's pursuit of a perfect season could be halted if the No. 11 nationally ranked Reds repeat history during the final game of the regular season.
Undefeated Records Come In Threes
This year, three boys' lacrosse teams in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association boast undefeated records.
Howard, Winston Churchill and Westminster enter the final stretch of the season with no losses. The conference featured no undefeated teams last year. However, Westminster finished 19-0 in 2013.
Howard (11-0) is the No. 1-ranked public school team in the state. The Lions have scored 16 goals or more during 10 of their 11 contests, with the exception of scoring 13 against South Carroll March 28. Head coach Jimmy Creighton's team has also scored 20 goals or more four times this season. Those games included a 26-0 win against Hammond March 21, a 23-3 win against Oakland Mills March 26, a 24-2 win against Wilde Lake April 7 and a 21-5 win against Mount Hebron April 17.
Churchill (10-0) is second in the conference behind the Lions. The Bulldogs have beaten opponents by 13 goals or more during six of their 10 games this season. Their most impressive offensive performance came during a 23-2 win against Kennedy March 23.
Westminster, coached by Steve DeFeo, is 10-0 and fourth in the conference behind third-place Fallston. The Owls have scored 126 goals this season while allowing 45.
These three teams will not face each other this year, making a perfect season a possibility for all three.
Churchill will look to remain undefeated when it plays Wooton April 23. Howard's next game is against Glenelg April 24, while Westminster will face Winters Mill April 24.
Q&A: Georgetown Visitation Junior Lauren Martin
Having played lacrosse for 11 years, Lauren Martin provides experience, skill and leadership for the Georgetown Visitation Cubs.
The junior began playing lacrosse in second grade and has continued with the sport ever since. When not at Georgetown Visitation, Martin plays club for Capital Lacrosse Club.
Growing up, Martin's primary role on the lacrosse field was as a defender. But this year, she has transitioned to midfielder for the Cubs.
This season marks Martin's third year on varsity, after being the only the freshman to make the team in 2013. Martin has also lettered in field hockey and basketball since her freshman year.
Off the field and court, Martin serves as the secretary for the Georgetown Visitation Student Government and is a member of Buddies Against Drunk Driving.
The Cubs currently hold a 11-5 record and return to action against Potomac School April 23.
Press Box: How did you first become interested in playing lacrosse? What do you like most about the sport?
Lauren Martin: I became interested in lacrosse because my older sister played. She's eight years older than me and sometimes helped coach for the McClain Youth Lacrosse Program.
I like that lacrosse is such a fast moving game and is so competitive. I don't think I could play an individual sport or a sport where you are constantly standing. I always have to be moving.
PB: What are your plans for pursuing the sport after graduation next year?
LM: I am verbally committed to play at the University of Virginia. I committed the summer going into my sophomore year.
PB: What's special about this year's team at Georgetown Visitation?
LM: We have a pretty young team. We have six freshmen, which is not normal, but a lot of them have already stepped it up this year.
We also have a bunch of crucial seniors that are really important to our team this year and will be hard to lose next season. Maggie Jackson (Virginia) and Addie Zinsner (Yale) are some of our top scorers.
PB: What does the team need to do finish the final five games of the season strong?
LM: We've had a bunch of close games, so I think our best shot to have a successful rest of the season is to learn from the mistakes we made in those tough losses and fix them for our next tough games -- Holy Cross and St. Stevens.
For more from Martin, including what she's looking forward to most about playing at the University of Virginia next year, read the full interview here.
Key Scores And Upcoming Games
Past Week's Top Boys' Results:
(Week of April 15-21)
April 17: Howard 21, Mount Hebron 5
April 17: Georgetown Prep 15, Episcopal 6
April 17: St. Paul's 12, Calvert Hall 8
April 21: St. Mary's Annapolis 12, Boys' Latin 10
April 21: Loyola Blakefield 11, St. Paul's 9
Past Week's Top Girls' Results:
(Week of April 15-21)
April 16: Manchester Valley 14, Winters Mill 3
April 16: Friends 13, Seton Keough 11
April 17: Severna Park 12, Broadneck 8
April 18: John Carroll 12, St. Paul's School for Girls 8
April 20: McDonogh 21, Good Counsel 9
This Week's Top Boys' Matchups:
(Week of April 22-28)
April 24: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes at Landon
April 24: Georgetown Prep at Bullis
April 25: McDonogh at Loyola Blakefield
April 28: Loyola Blakefield at St. Mary's Annapolis
April 28: Landon at Churchill
This Week's Top Girls' Matchups:
(Week of April 22-28)
April 23: Roland Park Country at Severn School
April 23: Manchester Valley at Century
April 24: Archbishop Spalding at St. Paul's School for Girls
April 28: Mount Hebron at Glenelg
April 28: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes at Georgetown Visitation
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