Eagles cruise, but no Matz family feud

Girls Lacrosse No. 1 Mcdonogh 16, No. 4 Bryn Mawr 3

April 01, 2009|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

First cousins Katie and Sarah Matz are best friends, and they're not about to let anything change that, especially not a lacrosse rivalry.

While that might sound easy, it couldn't have been Tuesday when Katie's No. 1 McDonogh team rolled over Sarah's No. 4 Bryn Mawr team, 16-3.

"Of course it's frustrating," Sarah said afterward, "but we're family, so we can't let it get between us. We're still best friends."

How will they handle the aftermath of Tuesday's game?

"We'll probably hang out on Friday," Katie said, and they both laughed.

Although they played recreational lacrosse together when they were younger and they play every summer at the beach, the Matz cousins have gotten used to being rivals on the lacrosse field.

They play on rival club teams - Katie for Skywalkers and Sarah for TLC - and they will play next year for rival college teams: Katie at Princeton and Sarah at Maryland.

They might face each other once more in high school, but only if their teams meet in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament.

Katie, who scored one goal Tuesday, and Sarah, who had two, said that would be OK with them, but Sarah's Mawrtians teammates probably want it the most.

Yesterday, the Eagles (5-0, 4-0 A Conference) opened a 9-1 lead and used their depth and speed to overpower the Mawrtians (3-1, 2-1), who struggled on both ends of the field.

Twelve Eagles scored, with Molly Fernandez, Taylor Cummings, Melanie Weingart and Brooks Lawler contributing two goals each for a team that averages 18 while allowing just 3.5 against A Conference foes.

The result was "a little surprising," Eagles coach Chris Robinson said. "We caught them a little bit off guard, I think. Once we got rolling a little bit, it's hard to come back because we've got some speed. I think if we ever played them again, it would be a much closer score."

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