No. 2 McDonogh eludes feisty John Carroll, 2-1

Eagles gain IAAM A final against No. 1 St. Mary's

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November 02, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Visiting John Carroll finally found the tying goal yesterday afternoon at McDonogh with under seven minutes to play and clearly had the second-half momentum to go with it.

But five minutes later, McDonogh senior captain Ali Andrzejewski was over the ball for a direct kick from 30 yards. And once again, all was well with the No. 2 Eagles.

Her dipping shot on goal was mishandled by John Carroll freshman keeper Andrea Gaeta, leaving it in front for junior defender Megan Reidy to score her first goal of the season with 2:01 left.

The Eagles' 2-1 semifinal win over the No. 3 Patriots sends them back to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference championship game, where they will meet top-ranked and defending champion St. Mary's, a 5-2 winner yesterday over Notre Dame Prep. Game time is 2 p.m. Sunday at the College of Notre Dame.

Assisting on the game-winner was only the last of what Andrzejewski brought to the afternoon.

She provided the emotional charge with the lead of the pre-game speech, having her teammates stand outside the sideline and telling them to cross over only if they were ready to play. She controlled the middle of the field the entire first half and gave the Eagles (17-4) a 1-0 lead with 4:35 until halftime, finding space to send a shot from 45 yards that sailed over Gaeta and curled inside the far post for her 18th goal of the year.

After the Patriots (18-4) played with more urgency in the second half and finally broke through with a late goal from freshman forward Ashley Myers.

"When they came back at us, we knew we needed to get a goal and had only six minutes to do it," said Andrzejewski. "We didn't want to go into overtime or hit penalty kicks -- we wanted to win it in regulation, so we pushed hard."

John Carroll coach Gary Lynch, who got a resilient defensive effort in the first half and no quit in the second half, couldn't have asked for much more from his Patriots.

"Their first goal hurt us a little bit, but we really organized well in the second half," Lynch said. "I thought the kids played really, really hard and the last goal was just too bad."

St. Mary's 5, Notre Dame Prep 2: The host Saints (21-1) scored five unanswered goals spanning the first and second halves to upend the Blazers.

Junior Mary Key led St. Mary's with two goals and Sarah Sample added a goal and an assist. Senior Katy Owings made seven saves for the Saints, who beat McDonogh, 1-0, last month.

"It is going to be a very competitive game, and I believe my team will be ready. A lot is going to depend on health and luck," St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin said.

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