Seton Keough swiftly takes care of Friends in 14-10 win

Down early, Gators run by Quakers, leave with B title

Girls lacrosse

May 13, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Seton Keough's girls lacrosse team completed some unfinished business in winning last night's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference title with a 14-10 win over Friends at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

A year ago, the Gators went unbeaten through the B Conference but suffered through a couple of difficult late-season moments - mourning the death of coach Flo Bell and then losing the conference title game to Park.

"This year, we were just trying to get back for last year," said Gators junior Kerry O'Connell, who scored six goals last night. "We really wanted to win after going undefeated [in the conference] last year and then losing to Park. It was mostly about our coach's death. We were down about that."

Last night, the Gators (13-6-1) trailed by two goals twice early on, but finished the first half with five goals in less than five minutes. O'Connell and Katie Muth broke open a 5-5 tie as O'Connell scored three goals and had an assist while Muth had two goals and two assists.

The Gators won the last five draws of the half, and used their superior speed and well-set picks to get through the Friends defense. Their last four goals of the half were assisted.

After taking the 10-5 lead at the half, the Gators boosted their edge to 13-7 before the Quakers pulled within 13-10 with 6:51 to go. But the Quakers, who won just six of the last 15 draws, never managed another shot.

The Quakers (7-9-1) finished 6-2-1 against conference foes, but they didn't have the speed to contend with the Gators, who won the regular-season meeting 11-7.

"They were fast on grass, so we knew they would be fast here [on turf]," said Friends coach Sallie Neal. "If they got it off the draw, their speed was going to take over."

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