St. Mary's wins in 2nd OT

No. 2 Saints rally from 5-goal deficit, top No. 9 John Carroll on S. Shrum's goal

St. Mary's 12 John Carroll 11

High Schools

Girls lacrosse

March 30, 2006|By MARY BETH KOZAK | MARY BETH KOZAK,SUN REPORTER

As the St. Mary's bench jumped in jubilation, the No. 9 John Carroll girls lacrosse team knew it had missed its chance to make a strong statement in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference yesterday. With 1:08 remaining in double overtime, Sam Shrum scored on a pass from Allison Perkins as the second-ranked Saints rallied to defeat the Patriots, 12-11.

"It was really exciting," said Shrum of her winning goal. "I'm still shaking. Just to be able to do that for your team, but everybody helped out."

Despite leading for most of the game, the Patriots struggled in the second half against an efficient Saints attack. St. Mary's took its first lead on a goal from Caroline Cochran with 7:09 left in the second half , before Chelsea Ford scored with 22 seconds remaining to force overtime.

John Carroll (5-2, 2-1) came out with a vengeance and scored four unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Saints' defense struggled with the Patriots' feisty offense as John Carroll jumped to a 7-2 lead. The Patriots, who outshot the Saints 12-7 in the half, had a 7-4 lead at the break.

"We weren't overlooking John Carroll at all, but I think we didn't expect this out of them," Shrum said. "They just had a lot of fast breaks on us and our defense was sort of flat in the beginning."

The second half was a different story for both teams. The Saints started double-teaming on defense and controlled the draws as they fought back to tie the game at 8 on an unassisted goal by Shrum. She finished the game with four goals and one assist for the Saints (6-0, 4-0). Perkins had four assists, and Cochran and Megan Shrum each had two goals and an assist.

"[John Carroll] is a very good lacrosse team," Saints coach Sue Chittim said. "We were anticipating a very good team. We heard they were going to be very tough to beat. ... So far that is the toughest game we've won."

Ford led the Patriots with three goals, and Courtney Aburn had a goal, three assists and seven ground balls.

"This game could've gone either way. I told the girls that when you have games like this, big strong athletic teams going at it, it's just who wants it more in the end - that's going to win it. So that's what we were trying to remind them," John Carroll coach Krystin Porcella said.

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