Eagles draw first in OT to stop Reds

McDonogh 12 Roland Park 10

Girls lacrosse

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

Throughout regulation, Roland Park controlled most of the draws in yesterday's A Conference girls lacrosse tournament semifinal at McDonogh, but in overtime, the Eagles won all the draws and used that possession to drive a 12-10 victory.

Kim Dubansky scored the game-winner on a free position 2:11 into overtime. Kira Paterakis added an insurance goal on a feed from Brittany Mallory 26 seconds later as the No. 2 Eagles (18-1) advanced to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship.

McDonogh will face the winner of today's other semifinal between No. 4 St. Paul's and No. 5 St. Mary's in the final Sunday at 7 p.m. at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. Postponed from yesterday, St. Paul's (16-2) will play host to the defending champion Saints (16-4) at 4:30 p.m.

Yesterday, draw control proved critical in overtime, allowing the Eagles to dominate possession and score those two early goals. Even though the Reds (12-4) rallied to score two goals in the final 1:23 of regulation to force overtime, a two-goal lead can be tough to make up when you can't get the draws.

"Especially," said Reds center Brittany Kalkstein, "when they play such an aggressive defense that it's hard to rally back right away. They're really aggressive in the midfield and I congratulate them on that. They're such an aggressive team and really intense."

Roland Park managed to attack only for two brief periods during overtime, but McDonogh goalie Natalie Pappas saved all three of the Reds' overtime shots, finishing with 11 saves for the game.

Dubansky, who had six goals, said the two-goal margin was important after what had happened earlier.

"At the end of regulation, we were up two goals with a minute left and they scored two to tie it up, so it's just really important that we got those two," the senior midfielder said. "We knew we had to score a couple quick ones and then we could just kind of waste some time, so that's what we did."

In a game played in a steady rain until halftime, the Reds trailed by at least two goals most of the way, but with 1:23 left, Cate Goytisolo cut the lead to 10-9 on a feed from Courtney Kirk.

The Eagles won only seven of 22 draws in regulation, but they won the next one on a foul and stalled for almost a minute before turning the ball over with 24 seconds left.

The Reds raced to the goal and Milly Brugger was fouled going in, drawing the eight-meter free position. Her shot, low to the left, clipped off Pappas' stick into the net with 2.7 seconds on the clock.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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