While Oldfields' attack certainly did its job in yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference championship, the turning point came on defense.
In a game that had been back and forth and featured three ties in the second half, top-seeded Oldfields shut down No. 2-seed St. Timothy's for the final 15:42 to take a 12-8 victory at Villa Julie College for its first C girls lacrosse crown.
St. Timothy's (8-3) took its last lead, 8-7, when Lucky Sinex rolled the crease for her fifth goal of the game, but after that, Caitlin Mabry shut the junior attacker down. Mabry, Isabel Rogers and goalie Victoria Ohanna, who made 11 saves, led a stifling defensive effort that allowed just four shots after Sinex's goal.
"We had trouble getting to goal," said Sinex. "We were marked really tight and we didn't run the ball as much as we should have. We tried to get around them when we were closer in to the goal rather than run the ball, which was our best bet."
Through the late stretch, Oldfields (10-4-1) forced many St. Timothy's turnovers in the arc. Ohanna also made a huge play to keep the rally alive, a point-blank one-on-one stop against Alex Chatliovicz with 12 minutes left.
With the defense holding, Oldfields' attack ran off the game's final five goals. Kate Dunning tied it at 8 before Sam Berlin fed Kady McBrearty for the game-winner with 11:42 to go. Berlin, Christy Kim and McBrearty finished the scoring.
"We were really nervous in the beginning," said Dunning, who had three goals and two assists as did Kim. "Nerves make us play not to our ability. Second half, we knew what we had to do and we pulled together. This is a big championship for us. We wanted it more than anything."
Oldfields finished the season unbeaten against C Conference competition. A year ago, the Glencoe team lost in the title game to Key School, which moved up to the B Conference this season.