NDP stays calm, tops S. Keough

16-9 victory earns place in semis vs. No. 1 St. Paul's

IAAM A lacrosse

High Schools

May 06, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The Notre Dame Prep girls lacrosse team made sure a 30-minute lightning delay yesterday did not stall its march toward the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals.

Leading by three goals late in the first half when lightning struck in the distance at Seton Keough, the defending champion Blazers stayed loose during the break, coming back with four unanswered goals to spark a 16-9 victory in their tournament quarterfinal game.

The No. 10 Blazers advanced to play at No. 1 St. Paul's in tomorrow's semifinal at 4:30 p.m.

Yesterday's victory avenged a 9-4 regular-season loss to the No. 5 Gators (13-4-2), who had not allowed an opponent more than 12 goals and had not surrendered double-digit goals since the first two games of the season.

Yesterday, however, the Blazers gave the Gators defense fits, especially with their transition game.

"They were cutting to goal, and we just weren't staying on their cutters," said Gators defender Kelly O'Connell. "It was one of those games where you were always half a step behind."

The Gators scored the first goal, but the Blazers (14-4-1) answered with five straight. The teams traded goals before Kerry Shea nailed a free-position goal to pull the Gators within 6-3.

Lightning struck with 4:13 left in the half, giving the Gators a chance to get back in the game, but the Blazers would not let that happen.

"If they were going to come back, then was the time to do it," said Gators senior Becky Lillemoe, "but we capitalized on those last four minutes."

Caitlyn McFadden, who led the Blazers with four goals and five assists, wasted no time going to goal, hitting a nifty left-handed shot for a 7-3 lead with 3:50 to go.

In the next 2:20, Lillemoe added two goals and McFadden one to give the Blazers a 10-3 halftime lead.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, the Blazers ran their lead to 13-4 on back-to-back goals by Charlene Morin.

No. 1 St. Paul's 8, No. 14 Bryn Mawr 2: The top-seeded Gators (14-1-1) won their 12th straight game to advance to the semifinals. Megan Del Monte scored three times and Blake Hargest twice.

At one point, the host Gators scored eight unanswered goals. Goalie Lydia Sanza made five saves, all in the second half, to keep the Mawrtians (8-10-1) off the board for the final 27 minutes.

No. 3 Severn 14, Mount de Sales 5: Jess Adam had four goals and four assists and five of her teammates scored twice as the host Admirals moved on. Goalie Regan Bosch made 10 saves for Severn (12-1-2), which built a 9-2 lead over the Sailors (6-7-4) and closed the game on a 5-0 run.

The Admirals will play host to No. 12 Roland Park in tomorrow's 4:30 semifinal.

No. 12 Roland Park 7, No. 8 St. Mary's 5: The Reds rebounded from an 11-2 loss to the Saints on Friday to upset them in the quarterfinals. Trailing 4-1 at the half, the Reds scored the first five goals of the second half and led the rest of the way thanks in part to some big saves from Ellen Cameron (eight saves).

Wendy Blue had three goals, and Brittany Kalkstein had a goal and four assists for the Reds. (7-6-2). Jenna Hubbard scored four goals for the Saints (10-6).

Players off team

Three players each from the Liberty and South Carroll boys lacrosse teams have been suspended for the rest of the season for their roles in Friday's brawl. Six others have been suspended for one game, but both teams will be allowed to compete in the playoffs. Article, B1.

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