Friends completes title trip with 9-5 win over Spalding

Quakers avenge '03 B loss

Glenelg Country takes C

IAAM lacrosse

High lacrosse

May 10, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The Friends girls lacrosse team began plotting yesterday's championship a year ago.

After falling to Archbishop Spalding in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference tournament final last season, the Quakers tripled their satisfaction. They won both regular-season contests before taking the title, 9-5, at Loyola College's Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

"We wanted revenge for last year," said Quakers midfielder Kristin Schwab, "and it's so good to finally achieve our goal. We knew it would be hard to beat them a third time, but we were so focused."

The Quakers (16-1) used a combination of speed in transition, smothering defense and hot goalie Caitlin Garman to run up a 9-2 lead. The Cavaliers (17-5) scored three goals in the final 22 seconds.

Schwab and Alice Fadiora used their speed to rip through the Cavaliers' defense for four goals each.

Defensively, Abby Seiler, Sarah Ritter, Alanah Webb, Laurel Black and Jill Fritze made it tough for the Cavaliers to get good shots.

"We just couldn't get the ball in the goal," said Cavaliers senior Ashley Paschall. "Their defense was good, and they didn't let us get fast breaks, which is what they got a lot of."

Garman finished with nine saves and kept the Cavaliers from rallying. Spalding outshot the Quakers 14-5 in the second half, but Garman saved seven of them.

Her performance enabled Friends to increase a 5-1 halftime lead to 7-2 on consecutive goals from Fadiora and Schwab.

Erin Kelly scored her second goal to pull the Cavaliers within 7-2 with 16:45 to go, but Garman made a save and the Cavaliers missed the cage three straight times before Fadiora and Schwab again scored back-to-back goals to pull ahead 9-2 with 3:27 to go.

C Conference

Glenelg Country 13, Oldfields 9: The Dragons (11-2) ran up a five-goal lead and held on to outlast Oldfields (10-3) for their second straight C Conference title.

Glenelg Country broke away from a 2-2 tie to pull ahead 8-3 on Abby Sandler's transition goal from Annie Shippen with 16 seconds left in the first half.

Oldfields, however, rebounded in the second half, chipping away at the lead and coming within 11-9 when Kate Tracey fed Katie McBrearty with 6:34 to go.

The Dragons won the next draw and got an insurance free-position goal from Maddie Lynch before Shippen sealed the win with a nifty quick-stick goal off a feed from Erica Tempchin.

"We got a little too relaxed in the second half, because of our big lead," said Shippen, who finished with three goals and two assists, "but we got back into our game toward the end. We were really pumped up."

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