Mount Hebron's Ashley Bruns is best known for her scoring power, but in Saturday night's game against Moorestown, N.J., the senior made the biggest play of the game on defense.
With the host Vikings clinging to a one-goal lead in overtime after Julianne Giles broke a tie, Moorestown won the next draw, but Bruns knocked down a Quakers pass and Giles scooped up the ground ball. The Vikings stalled away the final 2 minutes, 40 seconds to hand the Quakers their first loss of the season, 12-11.
"That was a really big play," Giles said, "just because we were having some trouble getting the ball off the draw, and then once Ashley got that, we could get it down on our attacking end of the field."
Not that Bruns wasn't a huge factor on attack as well; she scored eight goals. In the second half, she scored the last four Vikings goals, giving them an 11-9 lead with 4:32 left. But the Quakers (13-1) - the winners of nine consecutive state titles - cut the lead to one on Alyssa Ogle's fourth goal and then tied it when Jenna Dougherty scored off a broken play with 11 seconds left in regulation.
Vikings goalie Brittany Waldecker, who played a terrific game along with defender Marta Chell, made two of her 11 saves early in overtime. Giles won the draw to start the second half of the overtime period and went straight to goal, shooting low for the game-winner.
After Bruns forced the turnover, the Vikings (12-2) spread their attack and kept possession.
"They spread the ball really well, they controlled the field and that's all you can ask of a stall play," Ogle said. "We practice plays like that all the time, and it stinks that we had to be in the opposite situation where we had to chase the ball. That's incredibly difficult."
No. 14 St. Paul's 18, Bel Air 5: : Kate Cathell, Brittany Fradkin and Lliana Sanza each had a hat trick to power the visiting Gators (8-5) past the Bobcats.
No. 4 Gilman 13, No. 6 St. Paul's 4: : Paul Danko scored four times and Jack Doyle and Marcus Holman had three goals apiece to lead the visiting Greyhounds (10-1) past the Crusaders (11-5).
No. 8 Mount St. Joseph 13, No. 7 Archbishop Spalding 5: : Chris Costabile had four goals as the host Gaels (8-5) upset the Cavaliers (7-7).
No. 9 Loyola 13, McDonogh 0: : Ian Sedney threw a five-inning no-hitter for the visiting Dons (14-6). He allowed one base runner -a hit batsman in the third inning - and threw just 44 pitches. Loyola had 13 runs on 14 hits, including a triple by Drew Hoppes and a three-run homer in the first inning by Troy Marrow.
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.