John Carroll comeback falls short in 'A' quarterfinal loss to NDP, 16-15

No. 11 Blazers advance to face familiar foe McDonogh on Thursday

Eagles have defeated Blazers in conference title game past 2 years

May 10, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

John Carroll girls lacrosse coach Krystin Porcella has talked to her players all season about creating momentum.

The Patriots did just that Tuesday with a big second-half comeback against Notre Dame Prep, but the Blazers used a couple of key plays to kill that energy in the nick of time.

The No. 4 Patriots closed a seven-goal deficit to one with a little over a minute to go. With their team hanging on to a 16-15 lead, Blazers seniors Covie Stanwick and Rachel Quinn made plays that preserved the victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference quarterfinal game Tuesday at Tucker Field in Hickory.

After Erica Bodt's fifth goal of the game brought the host Patriots within one with 1:05 left, Stanwick won the next draw, but NDP couldn't hold on to the ball. John Carroll had a last chance to tie but got a bit impatient going for a long pass that Quinn picked off with 12 seconds left.

No. 11 NDP Notre Dame Prep (11-6) advances to a Thursday semifinal matchup with No. 1 McDonogh, which defeated St. Mary's in a quarterfinal Tuesday. The Eagles have defeated the Blazers in the title game the past two years. the winner of Tuesday's yesterday's quarterfinal between No. 1 McDonogh and St. Mary's in the semifinal Thursday. This year's conference championship game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg.

In avenging a 16-15 loss to the Patriots last month, the Blazers scored the first four goals of the second half to take a 12-5 lead and were up 16-9 before the Patriots (9-4) rallied with six straight goals, including four from Bodt.

"They came up with some huge draw controls, and I think we were so frantic on defense that we lost sight of our girls," Stanwick said. "We just completely lost our composure, but they played great to get it back."

In the end, however, Stanwick said the final draw, which she won, was the biggest draw control of her high school career, and Blazers defender Kelsey Gahan credited Quinn with making the game-saving play.

"That was the biggest play of the game because obviously they could score in seconds," Gahan said. "You saw where they were going to pass right in the middle and score on us."

In their final run, the Patriots, who got seven goals from Annie Thomas, scored three times off Blazers turnovers. Bodt said they hurried the final play, however.

"We could have taken our time a little bit more, but I'm definitely proud of how our team played together and what we accomplished this season and I can't wait until next year," the junior midfielder said.

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