No. 1 McDonogh routs St. Mary's in IAAM 'A' semi

Eagles face title-game rematch with No. 2 Notre Dame Prep

May 14, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

After watching St. Mary's nearly pull even late in their regular-season game, McDonogh's girls lacrosse team put the Saints so far behind in Thursday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal that it was all but impossible for them to catch up.

The No. 10 Saints scored the first goal, but the No. 1 Eagles then reeled off 18 straight and cruised to a 19-6 victory that gives them a chance to defend their title against a familiar foe, No. 3 Notre Dame Prep.

The Blazers, who fell to McDonogh in last year's title game, defeated No. 4 John Carroll, 8-6, in Thursday's other semifinal to force the rematch at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg.

At McDonogh on Thursday, 10 players scored for the 19-0 Eagles, with Margaret Smith contributing five goals and Hannah Franklin adding four goals and an assist. The Eagles scored their first 10 goals in less than 10 minutes and forced a running clock with a 10-goal lead when Liz Bannatine scored with 10:35 left in the first half.

"Everyone, even the subs that come in off the bench, our second midfield, can score," Smith said of an offense that has tallied 314 goals. "I think today we didn't try to force the first opportunity. We drew the double [team] and we had a second opportunity and a third opportunity, and that gave us wide-open looks."

Down 18-1 just 1:15 into the second half, the Saints (13-6) had little chance to close the gap the way they almost erased a four-goal deficit in their 13-12 loss last month.

"At halftime they were like, 'OK, we're going down fighting,' and that's what they did. It's a team of fighters," said Saints coach Megan Lewis, whose team played much better in the second half.

In the other semifinal at Notre Dame Prep, Sydney Peterson scored three goals for the Blazers (18-3), including the game-winner early in the second half.

The Blazers trailed the Patriots by one at the half, but Peterson scored back-to-back goals to give NDP a 7-5 lead with 16:38 to go in the game. Alex Mezzanotte brought the Patriots within 7-6 with 11:05 left, but John Carroll could not tie it.

Covie Stanwick also had two goals and an assist for the Blazers, while Jenn Etzel led the Patriots (18-4) with three goals and an assist.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

No. 1 McDonogh 19, No. 10 St. Mary's 6

Goals: SM—Judge 2, Coughlin, Hoffman, Andrews, Lamon; M—Smith 5, Franklin 4, Lawler 2, Etchison 2, Carpenter, Virden, Bannatine, Ewing, Cummings, Jones. Assists: SM—Lamon; M—Franklin, Lawler, Etchison, Miller. Saves: SM—Munoz 9, Teague 1; M—Ferraro 1, Atkinson 6. Half: M, 17-1.

No. 3 Notre Dame Prep 8, No. 4 John Carroll 6

Goals: JC—Etzel 3, Reese, Bodt, Mezzanotte; NDP—Peterson 3, Stanwick 2, Workmeister, Quinn, Seipp. Assists: JC—Etzel; NDP—Stanwick, Locey. Saves: JC—Barnaba 7; NDP—Colgan 5. Half: JC, 5-4.

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