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Good Counsel’s Madeleine Rudolph has long recognized the skill of her younger sister, Hannah.
Growing up, their one-on-one battles in the backyard of their Olney home were so physical that Hannah lost a tooth and Madeleine developed black eyes. Hannah is two years younger, but she was talented enough to play on Madeleine’s club lacrosse teams.
After Good Counsel’s 12-10 win over Bishop Ireton in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game Monday, the rest of the league must take note of Hannah’s flair, too. The sophomore the district by ha midfielder scored half of Good Counsel’s goals at Maryland’s Ludwig Field, powering the Falcons to their first WCAC title since 2015 and the 12th in program history.
“When she has the ball, you know she’s going to do something with it,” attacker Kayleigh Page said. “If we can get the ball to Hannah, we know she’s going to go off.”
Good Counsel (17-4) had fallen to Ireton (12-8) in the previous four WCAC championship games. The teams have developed a rivalry over the past decade while combining for 10 of the past 11 titles.
Madeleine Rudolph was the lone returner from the teams’ previous championship matchup, which came in 2019. Hannah Rudolph was familiar with the rivalry after watching that game from the Ludwig Field bleachers as a seventh-grader. It was a defeat that she said gutted her.