McDonogh finishes IAAM lacrosse regular season unbeaten

Eagles beat Bryn Mawr, 16-7, to go 16-0 overall, 13-0 in A Conference

May 04, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

McDonogh goalie Katie Ferraro likes nothing more than to face eight-meter free-position shots, and she came up big against them Monday.

The sophomore stopped two straight late in the first half — and four among her nine total saves — to give the No. 1 Eagles a big boost toward a 16-7 victory over No. 8 Bryn Mawr. The Eagles (16-0) completed the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference regular season 13-0.

"Taylor [Virden] and the rest of my defense knows I like free positions," Ferraro said. "I can see the ball, and I trust my defense to get in and get the shot."

Virden, an All-Metro defender headed for Duke, led a swarming defense that rarely left a Bryn Mawr player free, but she said the defense trusts Ferraro to make the big stops.

"Who doesn't want a goalie who likes eight-meters?" Virden said. "I think Katie depends on us to push them out and do the rest of the work, but when it comes down to eight-meters, that's her job and she takes care of it. She has no fear in the goal."

Coach Chris Robinson's Eagles got the jump on the visiting Mawrtians (11-4, 9-4) with early goals by Hannah Franklin and Jen Cook.

The Mawrtians were within 7-3 after Sam McGee's free-position goal with 3:59 left in the first half, but in the next two minutes, Ferraro stopped another free-position attempt by McGee and one by Erica Matz. Franklin then gave McDonogh an 8-3 edge with 1:33 left. Matz had another free-position shot with 29 seconds to go, but the Eagles collapsed on her so quickly that she couldn't manage a shot.

Brooks Lawler opened the second half with two goals for a 10-3 lead, leaving the Mawrtians to lament many lost opportunities, especially in the first half.

Bryn Mawr won eight of 12 first-half draws but could not generate much offense despite the advantage in possession. They turned the ball over nine times and were outshot 17-10 in the half.

"It's frustrating from the standpoint that everyone knows what they do and they do it very well," Mawrtians co-coach Kim Simons said. "You've got to not only be able to stop them, slow them down, but you've got to able to stay competitive when the game is tough, because when they go on their runs and you get down against them, it just gets tougher."

Goals: BM—Hanson 2, Rubin 2, McGee, Bowling, Turco; M—Franklin 3, Cummings 3, Ewing 2, Lawler 2, Cook, Carpenter, Virden, Etchinson, Smith, Schonk. Assists: BM—Dunbar; M—Cook 3, Carpenter, Atkinson, Virden. Saves: BM—Wolf 7, DeGarmo 0. M—Ferraro 9, Silber 0. Half: M, 8-3.

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