Edgewood's varsity girls lacrosse team got its first taste of victory this season with a 5-4 win over C. Milton Wright Wednesday night ingirls county lacrosse.
On the Edgewood sideline after the win, the Rams focused on junior goalie Becky Hoover. Her teammates' hugs andhigh-fives should have made her feel like the team's consensus Most Valuable Player.
Hoover racked up 24 saves in what she called her best performanceever, despite missing practice Tuesday.
The Mustangs' high-powered, quick offense took 33 shots on goal compared to the Rams' 17, so it was Hoover's presence that made the margin of difference.
With 22 seconds remaining in the game and with Edgewood holding on to a 5-4lead, C. Milton Wright's Julie Jakum was awarded a free position shot on goal after being fouled in the critical scoring area.
Jakum had a chance to tie the game. But Hoover had other ideas and made the save.
"I knew it was the last chance, and I had to do it," said Hoover. "We needed the win to keep up morale for the team."
"She really kept us in the game," Rams head coach Sally van Deusen said.
The Mustangs (2-3) and Rams (1-3) were tied 2-2 into the final secondsof the first half, until the Mustang's Chrissy Cann scored on an assist from Carrie Supik with 19 seconds remaining.
Other first-half Mustang goals came from Sarah Pokrwika and Kristen Schader.
Edgewood's first-half goals came from Melanie Herbert and Theresa Delgatti,assisted by Shawn Pupa.
During the second half, the Mustangs cameout firing. But Hoover was there for the save or the shots went wide. Edgewood then went on a 3-0 scoring run.
April Wallace scored the first goal of the half for Edgewood at the 15:54 mark to tie the game 3-3. About a minute later, The Ram's Herbert intercepted a Mustangpass and fired a shot past C. Milton Wright goalie Carmen Kinard to put the Rams up, 4-3.
A string of passes on the left side from theRam's Jennifer Miller to Rina Adams to Theresa Delgatti set up a goal for Herbert, extending the lead to 5-3. Delgatti was credited with the assist.
C. Milton Wright goals by Pokrwika on a free position and Cann, assisted by Pokrwika, tied the game with 8:10 remaining.
A free position shot by Adams with 4:09 remaining was the game-winner for the Rams. Kinard, who replaced Mustang starting goalkeeper SaraSloop -- who was sick -- finished the game with 10 saves.
The Mustangs were also hampered defensively in other areas. Injured startingdefender Schader saw limited playing time, while another starting defender, Willa Walldrop, has missed three games with a sprained ankle.
Still, C. Milton Wright head coach Kathy Breymaier wasn't too concerned early on. By game's end, though, she was taken by surprise.
"I thought we were going to wipe them up," she said. "I thought theyhad lots of nice interceptions. We need to improve when we get the ball. We didn't have good corner shots."
Coach van Deusen said her Edgewood players adjusted well to the Mustang's fast-paced style of play, coming together to double team cutters in front of the goal.
She credited her team's strong defense, smart play, good passing, catching and hustling as keys to the win. "They played 100 percent better than they've been playing," she said. "They did a nice job on the connecting passes and drawing the foul.
"They had to shoot for the corners, which is something we've been working on in practice. They wanted to win," van Deusen added. van Deusen says the win over the Mustangs has her optimistic for the rest of the season and should boost team confidence.
The Rams were scheduled to play host to North Harford on Friday. The Mustangs were scheduled to play host to Bel Air Friday.