Carey's goal in OT nets `A' crown for J. Carroll

Patriots rally past Severn, 10-9

Friends, Lutheran win titles

IAAM lacrosse

Varsity

May 14, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

With the clock running down on a tie overtime title game yesterday, John Carroll's Ally Carey was looking for any gap she could find in a tight Severn defense.

From behind the goal, the junior midfielder suddenly made a quick move to her left. She rolled around and slipped the ball low into the net with 32 seconds left.

Carey's second goal and fifth point of the game gave the No. 6 Patriots a 10-9 victory over No. 12 Severn for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls lacrosse championship yesterday at Loyola College.

"The whole entire offense was moving around and I saw an opening," Carey said. "Severn's defense was pretty tough, so it was rare to find one. I just finished it. Those things just kind of happen out of nowhere."

Patriots coach Krystin Porcella said, "That's 100 percent Ally, just kind of working her stuff. She's so smart. She reads situations so well and she's very opportunistic. As soon as the defender turns her back, she's going to cut right on their heels."

Still, the Patriots had to hold on through a frantic final 32 seconds to make the lead hold up.

The Admirals won the next draw, but the Patriots' defense, led by Kaitlyn Gambrell, Tori Pyzik and Liz Pons held and keeper Lauren McGehee made the last of her nine saves.

Severn midfielder Josie Owen said the time ticking away rattled her team.

"We were looking to run an isolation [play] from the top," said Owen, "but we ran out of time. Everyone panicked. It came down to the wire and we basically lost our composure."

Still, the Admirals managed two shots. Owen took one that was blocked before McGehee stopped Alex Priddy's final attempt with three seconds to go.

"With the added pressure of overtime," said Severn coach Renie Sotiropolous, "and the added pressure of having to get a shot off within 20 seconds, you're not going to get your best shot off, and that's just what happened and she came up with a good save."

For the Patriots, who rallied from a 6-2 first-half deficit, crease moves worked particularly well.

Casey Ancarrow scored most of her five goals by rolling the crease. To open the second half, she came around the right side to score off a perfectly timed connection with Carey.

That goal sparked the comeback as the Patriots (14-3) scored five in a row. Grace Gaeng picked off a goalie clear and fed Cori Gray for an 8-6 John Carroll lead with 14:01 to go.

The Patriots held the Admirals (14-8) without a shot in the half until Priddy scored with 8:45 left. Owen tied it at 8 with 5:11 to go.

Ancarrow and Owen traded goals to open the six-minute overtime period before Carey sealed the victory.

B Conference

Friends' Brooke Matthews scored three of her five goals in a late second-half rally that sealed a 16-9 victory over Garrison Forest.

The Grizzlies (15-2) pulled within 8-7 when Kate Tracey fed Sophie Daly with 17:37 left in the game. Then the Quakers (15-4), who won seven of the first eight draws in the second half, answered with six goals in less than 10 minutes to run up a 14-7 lead capped by Claire Molloy's goal with 3:27 to go.

"In the second half, we really came out tough, winning the draws and we did a good job of re-defending and that helped a lot," said Friends goalie Vanessa Dang, who made 11 saves. "At the end of the second half, they barely had any shots, which was really good."

C Conference

Jordan Certeza scored her fourth goal of the game with 3:50 left to complete a four-goal Lutheran rally that edged previously unbeaten Catholic, 9-8, for the Saints' second straight tournament title.

Catholic (16-1) jumped out to an 8-5 lead midway through the second half, but the Saints (15-3) rallied behind two goals from Catherine Kennedy and another from Katie Watson. Certeza then netted the game-winner with a quick move through three defenders.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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