McDonogh ends St. Mary's streak

McDonogh 10 St. Mary's 8

High Schools

Girls lacrosse

April 12, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

When No. 4 McDonogh fell behind by two goals in the second half of yesterday's lacrosse game against No. 2 St. Mary's, Eagles coach Chris Robinson told his girls the next 14 minutes would "show us what we're made of."

The Eagles proved they're made of dent-resistant components, rallying for four goals to close out a 10-8 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game at Weems Whalen Field in Annapolis.

Brittany Mallory scored two of her three goals and Kira Paterakis and Casey Kelly added one each in the run as the Eagles (11-0, 9-0 conference) took over sole possession of first place in the A Conference and broke a 17-game St. Mary's winning streak.

A year ago, the A Conference was split in half with St. Mary's winning the elite A1 Conference and the Eagles taking the second-tier A2 Conference title, so the Eagles were looking forward to contending with the top teams now that the conferences have merged again.

"We came into this thinking we would win, but we knew it would be a dogfight," said Mallory, an All-Metro midfielder. "When we got down by two, we kept up our intensity. Now that we know we can beat No. 1 [in the A Conference], we're trying to win the A Conference instead of the A2 Conference."

The Saints showed some early jitters and goalie Sara Beckstead kept them in the game with three of her eight saves in the first four minutes. The Saints needed the effort, because they turned the clear over four times before they managed a shot.

Still, the Eagles never led by more than two goals and the half ended in a 5-5 tie.

The game featured four ties - three before Christian Carr scored twice and Samantha Schrum once in a second-half run that gave St. Mary's an 8-6 lead with 14:50 remaining.

But McDonogh had possession much of the rest of the game. A late slide on an isolation play helped Mallory score the game-winner with 7:59 to go.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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