Back In: Monticello girls lacrosse holds off Western to earn state berth

Monticello’s girls lacrosse team put together a decisive run. The kind of run a team needs to have in it if they’re going to reach some lofty goals.


And the Mustangs needed every bit of that seven-goal run that started in the first half and ended early in the second half to hold on for an 11-9 win over archrival Western Albemarle in the Class 4, Region A semifinals. The win puts Monticello back in the state tournament for the second-straight season and gives them a spot in the region championship game Monday.  


Monticello scored seven straight goals over an 11-minute stretch from the the 6:48 mark in the first half until Western’s Kira Repich ended the run with a goal with 20:11 to play in the game. In that time, Monticello built a 10-2 lead with a pair of goals from Paige McGlothlin, two goals from Meghan Walin and two goals and two assists from Caleigh Smith during the stretch leading the way.


Western eventually punched back with a 6-0 run of its own over the final 15 minutes of the game, but the hole they found themselves in was too deep to climb completely out.


McGlothlin and Walin finished with a hat trick and an assist. Josie Mallory scored twice and April Carter also chipped in a goal.


Monticello’s defense came up in a big way for the Mustangs, who actually were at a 12-10 disadvantage on the draw. Smith and Walin each had four ground balls and Amaya Gibson scooped up three ground balls of her own. Lindsay Gunsallus finished with eight saves, including four early on as Monticello built a 3-0 lead. The Mustangs held Western scoreless over the final 3:44 of the game, with Mallory winning a critical draw control late.


For Western, Mattie Shearer, Mady Starsia and Anna Kreienbaum each scored twice while Repich and Libby Carbo each had one goal and one assist. Anne Patterson also scored once.


The Mustangs will host Hanover in the Region 4A championship game Tuesday at 6 p.m.