MIDDLETOWN — Asked about team goals following the first game of the season Tuesday night for Middletown girls lacrosse, sophomore attack Isabella Ewine, without much hesitation, responded, “Win states.”
To help make that happen, coach Tyler White loaded up the nonconference schedule with a bunch of traditional powers, like Century, which beat the Knights in the Class 2A West championship game last season, and Winters Mill, as well as entering a tournament with three-time reigning 2A champion Glenelg and three-time state champion Marriotts Ridge.
Even Tuesday’s opener against Urbana figured to pose a bit of a test and eventually became one in the second half as Middletown’s 11-goal lead was trimmed to four. The Knights held on for a 16-12 victory.
“I think they understand what it’s going to take,” White said.
Middletown wants to play fast, and that’s what it did against Urbana (0-2), racing out to a 9-0 lead over the first 18 minutes, 5 seconds.
Ewine and sophomore Bailey Broadbent accounted for much of the early offense, combining to score four of the Knights’ first six goals and assisting on two others.
Senior goalkeeper Brigette Remsburg also stood tall, producing timely saves and holding Urbana off the scoreboard for the first 18:20.
“We’ve got 20 girls on this team, and it’s going to take all 20 for us to win,” White said. “We talk about that every day. We have to do it as a team.”
Seven different players scored goals for Middletown. Ewine led the way with six, while Broadbent and Alyssa Daley each added three.
“I think we played well,” said sophomore midfielder Jade Catlin, who found her way into the scoring column late in the first half. “We played together as a team. There are definitely things we can work on. But it’s our first game of the season. So, I am excited to see where we can go.”
White said there is a free-spirited vibe about this group. The players enjoy goofing around and having fun, yet they also recognize when it’s time to buckle down.
“It’s fun to watch them,” White said. “We want to get better every day. Let’s challenge each other and grow as individuals and as a team.”
Urbana, meanwhile, has started slowly in each of its first two games against Walt Whitman and Middletown. That’s something coach Ann Lewis would like to see improve as the season progresses.
The Hawks did play a good second half and wound up pushing Middletown more than the Knights might have anticipated. Urbana stopped the running clock midway through the second half and pushed Middletown until the final horn.
Senior attack Lilly Stephens scored four goals for Urbana, while sophomore midfielder Natalie Voorhies added three.
“I am proud of the girls. They fought back,” Ann Lewis said. “It’s always good to see them start connecting more, and it’s early in the season. We’ll perfect it hopefully by the end of the season.”