No. 1 McDonogh caps perfect season with title win over No. 3 NDP

Eagles, Bruins, Vikings repeat as champs

May 16, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

For Taylor Virden and 15 other McDonogh girls lacrosse players, their senior season came to a perfect end Saturday.

The No. 1 Eagles' 17-8 win over No. 3 Notre Dame Prep in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final capped a 20-0 season with their second straight title before nearly 1,200 fans at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg.

"I'll never forget this game," Virden said."I'm glad that this was the last McDonogh game I ever played, because it was such a special one. The senior class is so close. Margaret Smith's my best friend. Megan Lerner's my best friend. I can look around the field and say, 'She's my best friend,' so we did it for each other."

Coach Chris Robinson's Eagles became only the second A Conference team to finish undefeated overall in the 11-year history of the IAAM. They were also the second A Conference team to win back-to-back titles as all three 2009 winners repeated — Park in the B Conference and St. John's in the C Conference.

The Eagles jumped on the Blazers (18-4) quickly, winning the first four draws, taking seven shots and scoring three goals before NDP had its first possession. The Eagles were up 7-0 before Covie Stanwick scored twice midway through the half.

That was as close as it would get. Brooks Lawler, Taylor Cummings, Smith, Corrine Etchison and Ali Carpenter scored in a 5-1 spurt that put the Eagles up 12-3 early in the second half. Eight Eagles scored with Carpenter, Lawler and Cummings scoring three apiece and Hannah Franklin contributing a goal and four assists.

"Everyone on their team is capable of scoring and they move the ball quickly," NDP defender Meghan Helm said. "We just weren't there today with the second slides. They're a great team."

The Eagles have been so dominating this season that they have rolled up 341 goals and won by an average of 10.05.

Defensively, they held NDP to three goals in the first half and held Stanwick, their big scorer and playmaker, to just two goals for the game. Virden and Lerner kept Stanwick in check much of the game, while Hannah Deoul and Christie Hart also played key roles on defense.

The Blazers rallied a bit in the second half as goalie Mary Sean Wilcox made seven saves and Lauren Workmeister scored two early goals, but they could get no closer than eight.

B Conference

Park and Friends split a pair of close regular-season games, but Park ran away with the championship, 15-9, thanks to an 8-1 spurt through the middle of the second half. Rachel Bolan's goal had the Quakers within 7-5 three minutes into the second half, but Autumn Cohen and Hannah Sibel scored twice each in the big run boosting the lead to 15-6 with about eight minutes to go.

Ashley Hohman had two goals and four assists for the Bruins (16-1). Liza Herzog led Friends (12-2) with three goals.

C Conference

St. John's ran up an 8-1 lead and held on to win its second straight title over St. Timothy's 9-7.

Jennie Ballenger had four goals and an assist and goalie Hannah Geerlings made 12 saves to preseve a perfect season for the Vikings (16-0).

St. Timothy's got three goals from Eliza Finn.

A Conference

McDonogh 17, NDP 8

Goals: N—Stanwick 2, Workmeister 2, Keefe, Hartman, Mangione, Peterson; M—Carpenter 3, Lawler 3, Cummings 3, Smith 2, Etchison 2, Cook 2, Franklin, Schonk.Assists: N—Peterson, Moore; M—Franklin 4, Cummings. Saves:N—Colgan 2, Wilcox 9; M—Ferraro 4. Half: M, 11-3.

B Conference

Park 15, Friends 9

Goals: P—Goelet 3, Tarver 2, Weinberg 2, Hohman 2, Cohen 2, Sibel 2, Baker 2; F—Herzog 3, Cooper 2, Klein, Bolan, Markowitz, McConnell. Assists:P—Hohman 4, Tarver; F—Bolan, Zager. Saves: P—Piper 5; F—Casella 7. Half: P, 6-4.

C Conference

St. John's 9, St. Timothy's 7

Goals: ST—Finn 3, Mudd 2, Fitzpatrick, Bogart; SJ—Ballenger 4, Pierce 2, Jones, Crowley, Wilson. Assists: SJ—Wilson 2, Jones, Ballenger. Saves: ST—Lackey 11; SJ—Geerlings.12. Half: SJ, 7-3.

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