Carver goal at :01 caps Seton Keough's rally

Down by 4, Gators hand Catonsville first loss, 13-12

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 20, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Anxiety is not in the vocabulary of the Seton Keough girls lacrosse team.

Senior attack Colleen Carver's goal with one second left capped a come-from-behind victory as the Gators nipped No. 10 Catonsville, 13-12, in the championship final of the Best of the West Tournament at Catonsville yesterday.

Seton Keough (8-2-1) advanced to the final by outlasting Mount de Sales, 7-5, in overtime in a semifinal.

Catonsville, which routed Centennial, 16-6, in the other semifinal, lost for the first time this season after five games.

Mount de Sales (4-7), which won last year's inaugural tournament, slipped past Centennial (4-4), 8-6, in the consolation final.

The victory over the Comets marked the third time this week the Gators completed a rally.

Against No. 3 Roland Park on Tuesday, Seton Keough scored four unanswered goals in the final eight minutes to tie the game at 9.

Against No. 8 Notre Dame Prep on Thursday, the Gators wiped away a three-goal deficit to win, 12-11.

"It's kind of been our thing this week," said attack Angie Martin, who posted five goals and three assists in two games. "Our momentum [from the Roland Park tie] carried us through. All these games were all heart."

It appeared the Comets would win their own tournament after midfielder Becky Clipp scored her third goal of the game for an 11-7 advantage with 13:07 left.

But Seton Keough went on a five-goal tear that was briefly halted when midfielder Sandy Wasserbach converted a free-position attempt to help the Comets tie the score at 12.

The Gators won the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over. Clipp, who scored a tournament-best seven goals against Centennial, nearly added her 11th of the day, but her shot rang off the left post.

Seton Keough collected the loose ball, and Carver, running in from several yards outside the circle, switched the ball from her left to her right side and beat Catonsville goalie Claire Castle with a low shot as the clock ticked down to one second.

"I was hoping to God it would go in," said Carver. "I knew I had to go to the goal strong because she was weak low."

Comets coach Jill Altshuler said her team may have let up its guard after gaining that four-goal lead.

"We played a little more relaxed," she said. "We made some mistakes at the end, and a good team like Seton Keough will capitalize on them."

In an unusual twist, the Gators' victory over Mount de Sales in the semifinal will be counted as tie in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference.

Teams in the IAAM that are tied in regulation are not required to go to overtime, and ties are recorded accordingly.

Before yesterday's game, both teams had agreed to treat the result as an IAAM game. Thus, in terms of their placement for seeding in the end-of-year IAAM tournament, both teams were awarded a tie as the game was deadlocked at 4 at the end of regulation.

But to determine a winner for the tournament, the game went into overtime, where Seton Keough outscored the Sailors 3-1.

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