`D' key for McDonogh

Eagles remain only undefeated IAAM A Conference team

McDonogh 9 Roland Park 5

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 22, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

Roland Park goalie Chelsea Kirk did just about everything she could to hold off No. 2 McDonogh yesterday, but the Eagles just kept coming.

McDonogh's high-pressure defense got the better of the host No. 8 Reds, forcing turnovers, controlling loose balls and keeping the Eagles on attack much of the way en route to a 9-5 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls lacrosse game.

The Eagles (14-0) remain the only unbeaten team in the A Conference at 11-0 with two conference games left.

Kirk made 17 saves, but the Eagles' 29 shots were just too much.

"She was a great goalie," McDonogh midfielder Kim Dubansky said. "But I think what made the difference is our team won the draws, we were winning all the ground balls and we had more speed than the other team."

The Eagles' defense, led by Caroline Spearman, Abby Caso, Melanie Hilbush and Rachel Serio, forced many of the Reds' 17 turnovers and limited them to eight shots through the first 40 minutes.

"We were pressuring ball and cutting off [adjacent players] to try to narrow their passes down," Spearman said. "Whenever they would go to goal, we had to slide quickly, because we knew they could drive right through us."

McDonogh broke out of a 2-2 tie and took the lead for good when the Reds (8-2) turned the ball over six times in the final 8:46 of the first half. Dubansky, Kira Paterakis, Jenna Block and Brittany Mallory each scored in the run. Mallory added another goal two minutes into the second half for a 7-2 Eagles lead.

The Reds played without their top scorer Brittany Kalkstein, who sprained an ankle in practice earlier this week, but they didn't miss Kalkstein's scoring as much as her strength on the draw, especially early in the game. Each team won eight draws, but the Eagles won seven of the first 10 in building their 7-2 lead.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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