No. 1 Eagles Girls Stay Unbeaten

Lacrosse

Mcdonogh Deals No. 2 Ndp 1st Loss, 10-6

Thomas' 8 Goals Lift City Over Walbrook Boys

April 23, 2009|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

McDonogh's No. 1 girls lacrosse team ran out to a seven-goal lead Wednesday and held off No. 2 Notre Dame Prep's second-half rally by stalling away most of the final 14 minutes to take a 10-6 victory and remain unbeaten in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

The host Eagles, who dealt NDP its first loss of the season, scored on their first four shots and Molly Fernandez scored three times as they took an 8-1 halftime lead. McDonogh outshot NDP only 15-11 in the half, but the Blazers struggled to find the open spots against Eagles goalie Meg Fiorito, who made eight of her 12 saves in the half.

After the break, that changed. The Blazers opened with five consecutive goals and pulled within 8-6 when Kelsi Bozel fed Kirkland Locey with 15:57 to go.

"I think in the first half we were just a little timid about going to goal. We weren't taking our best shots," said Bozel, who finished with three goals and two assists. "But in the second half, we spread out and used some picks, which worked a lot and got our players open, so we got some good shots off."

The Eagles (13-1, 10-0 league), however, answered Locey's goal in just 46 seconds as Katie Matz fed Brooks Lawler for a 9-6 lead.

After winning the next draw, McDonogh slowed the pace and maintained possession for long stretches despite turning the ball over six times. The Blazers (10-1, 8-1) managed three more shots, but Fiorito saved them all.

"It's really tough to hold it," Fernandez said, "but we wanted a really good goal. We were stalling, but we were just looking for that perfect shot. Unfortunately, we had to run around a lot, but we still managed to get two goals off after they came back."

It was the Eagles' second win over an undefeated team in five days; they beat St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, of Alexandria, Va., The Washington Post's No. 1 team, on Saturday.

No. 13 Winters Mill 17, Francis Scott Key 3: : Amailie Trentzch had eight points (four goals, four assists) to power the host Falcons (7-2) past the Eagles (4-4). Winters Mill led 9-2 at the half.

Boys lacrosse

City 13, Walbrook 5: : The Knights made a steady climb to the top of the Baltimore City League, going from a one-win season in 2005 to the league title last spring.

If Wednesday's performance against the Warriors was any indication, City isn't planning on coming down anytime soon.

With eight goals from John Thomas, a 21-save effort from goalie Isaiah Smith, and a shutdown defensive performance from Ahmad Simmons, the Knights (7-0) came away with a stellar win over the visiting Warriors (5-1).

While Thomas set the tone at the offensive end with the game's first three goals, Smith had things under control at the other, turning in 11 of his 21 saves in the first half as the Knights took a 6-0 lead. The Warriors did not score until late in the third quarter, by which time Thomas had eight goals himself.

"We gave it a very good effort - our team has been playing well all year and we've been giving the same effort every time we stepped out on the field," said Thomas, who has 36 goals on the season.

"We started out good, but weren't getting any goals in early. So for me to put those three in, it gave our team a lot of hope and we just went from there."

[GLENN GRAHAM]

No. 11 Severn 8, No. 10 Severna Park 7, OT: : Alex Jones scored his fourth goal with 1:10 left in overtime as the visiting Admirals (11-5) upset the Falcons (10-1). Severn led 6-4 with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter when Severna Park went on a 3-0 run to take a 7-6 lead with 2:56 left. Severn's Alex Cramer scored with 1:08 left in regulation to force overtime.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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