From the HCC sports desk:
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford women’s lacrosse team opened its conference season last week as it was edged by Howard, 13-11, in its home opener on Thursday at Harford Stadium.
The Fighting Owls (1-2) opened their season the previous weekend, March 20-21 at Nassau where they took on Herkimer and Dean. Friday saw sophomore Anna Pollitt (Aberdeen, Md./Havre de Grace) lead the Owls with two goals and three ground balls, while freshman Brittany MacKnew (Abingdon, Md./Bel Air) made eight saves in her debut in the cage for Harford.
Freshman Maria Bush (Joppa, Md./Joppatowne) dominated the field on Saturday for the Owls, tallying 11 points (9g, 2a) as well as five draw controls and two ground balls in the 13-9 win over Dean. MacKnew was brilliant between the pipes for Harford, stopping 17 shots, with five of Dean’s nine goals coming on free position shots.
Thursday saw Harford take a 9-7 lead over the Dragons (3-0) into the half, but give up six goals in the second to give Howard the 13-11 win.
Warczynski led Harford on the day with seven points (6g, 1a) while MacKnew was pestered with 56 total shots, making saves on a season-high 26 of them, including two free positions.
On the Dragon side Catie Meyers was tops with five goals on the day, while keeper Pamela Thomas corralled six shots for Howard.
The Owls drew first blood as Pollitt added an unassisted tally just 2:12 into the first period, but Meyers would answer quickly, adding her first of five goals just over a minute later.
Freshman Nichole Terry (Havre de Grace, Md./Harford Tech) fed Warczynski for a score at the 25:45 mark and added her own goal off Bush’s pass 14 seconds later to give Harford a 3-1 lead.
Howard would battle back to a tie with 17:00 left in the first but would not come any closer as Harford took a 9-7 advantage into the break.
The Dragons wasted no time in the second, scoring five goals within the first 10 minutes to take a 12-9 lead by the 20:37 mark.
Pollitt finally converted for the first Owl score of the period with an unassisted goal with 16:35 remaining but neither team would score for the next 15 minutes until Warczynski finished a free position shot at the 1:55 mark to put the Owls within one, 12-11.
Harford wouldn’t manage a shot during their next possession, and instead the Dragons’ Alli Novak would add one more tally with four seconds remaining on the clock to cement the 13-11 win for Howard.
The Fighting Owls return to action on Tuesday, March 31 when they host defending national champion, and current No. 1 CCBC-Catonsville at 3:30 p.m. at Harford Stadium.