The CCBC Essex women’s lacrosse team has lost twice to Anne Arundel Community College this season. But both those losses will be rendered irrelevant should the Knights beat the River Hawks in their third meeting.

Essex (6-4)was to play Anne Arundel on Wednesday in the NJCAA Region XX tournament semifinals. A win sends the Knights to the Region XX championship game on Saturday at Howard Community College.

The River Hawks beat Essex 17-9 back in March, and 19-10 two weeks ago.

In the most recent loss, Essex grabbed an early 4-0 lead on two goals by Alex Strohman and goals by Jade Joyce and Courtney Jacobs (Patapsco).

Anne Arundel, ranked third in the NJCAA poll, responded with five unanswered goals.

The fourth-ranked Knights regained the lead on goals by Jacobs and Madison D’Amico, and went up 7-6 on a goal by Joyce.

Two late goals sent the River Hawks into halftime leading 10-8.

A 6-0 run by Anne Arundel over the first 14 minutes of the second half essentially decided the game. Essex was held to a pair of goals in the second half.

“Draw control was a problem,” Essex coach Kandice Schroeder said. “We sort of fell apart in the second half through a lack of technique and draw control.

“We got down by a few goals and everyone wanted to do it themselves.”

Anne Arundel outshot Essex 25-12 in the second half and controlled possession for extended periods of time.

When the Knights did have the ball and got off shots, they were often frustrated by Anne Arundel goalie Sarah Healy (14 saves; nine in second half).

Joyce finoished with three goals for Essex, while Jacobs, Strohman and D’Amico each had two.

“Our transition game could have been better,” Schroeder said. “Their goalie had a good game; we talked about changing up our shots because we were always shooting the same way.”

Essex ended the regular season with a 21-10 loss to visiting Harford Community College on Aril 30.

Again, the Knights played well in the first half, trailing 6-4 at halftime, then were swamped 15-6 in the second half.

The top-ranked Owls (11-0) outshot Essex 27-13 in the second half and had a 22-11 edge in draw controls for the game.

Makenzi Cullings made 21 saves to keep the score from being more lopsided.

Strohman scored four goals, while Joyce scored three and Madison D’Amico scored two.

Men’s lacrosse

Essex played Harford Community College in the NJCAA Region XX semifinals on Friday and was hammered, 31-8.

After taking a 13-4 halftime lead, the Owls scored 10 goals in the third quarter.

The Knights finished the season with an 8-5 record.

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