Girls lacrosse

Eagles start slow, turn back Severn

Admirals fall despite taking early 3-0 lead

No. 2 McDonogh 10 No. 9 Severn 5


April 13, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

The McDonogh girls lacrosse team took a different path than usual yesterday against visiting Severn, but it was able to yield the same positive result.

Unable to gain possession early, the No. 2 Eagles gave up the first three goals before taking over the rest of the game to come away with a 10-5 win over the No. 9 Admirals.

Senior attackman Casey Kelly scored four goals and sophomore midfielder Kitty Cullen added two and an assist as McDonogh (10-1) improved to 8-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. Severn fell to 5-6 for the season.

"We've been down 1-0 before, but nothing like this - so it's good for us," McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said. "Now, we can use this as a chip down the road in the playoffs if we're down. We know we can do it."

Severn controlled the draws and collected the ground balls in the first 10 minutes, getting the first two goals from Monica D'Ambrosia and another from Caroline Crow to take a 3-0 lead with 21:28 to play in the first half.

By halftime, the Eagles picked up their play with more pressure on defense, a couple of key stops from goalie Julia Schreiber (six saves) and two late goals from Colby Rhea to help bring them back to 3-3.

Cullen found the lower left corner on a free-position shot to give the Eagles their first lead at 5-4 with 17:50 left to play and they scored the last four goals to win in rainy conditions.

"At halftime we really talked about settling down, running our attack and running our offensive sets the way we know we can. That made a big difference for us," Robinson said. "Having some composure was important."

Robinson was quick to credit freshman Taylor Virden and Schreiber on defense along with strong play in the midfield from Cullen.

While the Eagles were able to collect their composure, Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos was disappointed to see her Admirals unable to maintain their play after the fast start.

"We didn't stick to our game plan - we got flustered and didn't stay focused," she said. "We started making mistakes and didn't capitalize on our opportunities. A team like that - you do that and they're going to creep back in."

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