No. 1 McDonogh beats No. 5 Winters Mill, 15-5

Ferraro stops Falcons, then Eagles take charge in lacrosse

April 07, 2010|By Jeff Seidel | Special To The Baltimore Sun

The McDonogh offense needed some extra time to get going Tuesday against visiting Winters Mill. But goaltender Katie Ferraro made sure that slow start didn't hurt her team.

Ferraro made eight of her 12 saves in the first half, keeping No. 1 McDonogh in charge before the Eagles broke the game open by reeling off seven goals in just over seven minutes en route to a 15-5 victory over No. 5 Winters Mill.

McDonogh (4-0), ranked No. 1 nationally by several lacrosse Web sites, jumped out to a 5-2 lead just over 10 minutes into the game. But Winters Mill (2-1) had possession for most of the next 10 minutes, and the Falcons kept the Eagles off the scoreboard. However, they missed on several chances, thanks to some of Ferraro's good stops of close shots.

"I just pretended that I was in a championship game and that we needed every one to win," said Ferraro, a sophomore goalie. "My defense [helped] and is the best in the country."

McDonogh took charge in the closing minutes of the first half. Ali Carpenter (two goals, two assists), Corinne Etchison (three goals, one assist) and Taylor Cummings (one goal, one assist) scored in the final four minutes of the half to make it 9-2.

Hannah Franklin (four goals), Etchison and Carpenter then scored 98 seconds apart in the first 3:05 of the second half for a 12-2 lead. That gave McDonogh command against a Winters Mill team that last week beat Good Counsel, which was No. 1 in The Washington Post's poll.

"We dominated the game for a good 10 or 15 minutes," McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said. "That opened it up. ... We had some sloppy play there in the first half."

Amalie Trentzsch (two goals) and Mackenzie Cyr (one goal, two assists) led the Winters Mill offense. But McDonogh took command by doing a lot of the little things, beating Winters Mill to most of the 50-50 balls and winning 16 of the game's 21 draws.

McDonogh's speed left Winters Mill coach Courtney Vaughn shaking her head. The Eagles kept beating the Falcons to loose balls and getting away from Falcons defenders to find high-percentage shots over and over.

"Their first step is unbelievable," Vaughn said. "We were a step behind, and I think we played scared."

Goals: W-A. Trentzsch 2, Buell, Mac. Cyr, McMunn; M-Franklin 4, Etchison 3, Carpenter 2, Burgess, Cook, Cummings, Ewing, Lawler, Smith. Assists: W-Mac. Cyr 2, McMunn; M-Carpenter 2, Cummings, Etchison, Lawler, Smith, Toohey. Saves: W-Horn 12; M-Ferraro 12. Half: M, 9-2.

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