McDonogh, Roland Park advance to IAAM A Conference final

Eagles top NDP, 12-7, for 50th straight win; Reds edge Bryn Mawr, 12-11

May 12, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

The McDonogh girls lacrosse team's winning streak hit 50 on Thursday, but visiting Notre Dame Prep didn't make it easy.

Blazers goalie Mary Sean Wilcox made 10 of her 16 saves in the first half, containing the No. 1 Eagles until the second half, when they used a five-goal opening run to spark a 12-7 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal.

The two-time defending champions will meet No. 5 Roland Park, a 12-11 winner at No. 2 Bryn Mawr in Thursday's other semifinal, for the crown at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg.

The Eagles (18-0) have the sixth-longest winning streak in Baltimore-area girls lacrosse history. The record is 103, set by Loch Raven in 1982 and matched by Mount Hebron in 2007. McDonogh hasn't lost since April 4, 2009, when it fell to New York's Canandaigua Academy. No Maryland team has beaten the Eagles since John Carroll in the 2008 A Conference final.

Thursday, after Covie Stanwick scored the first of her three goals for the No. 11 Blazers (11-7), McDonogh answered with four straight goals, but Wilcox stopped six of the next eight Eagles shots as Hannah Hartman, Hannah Jablonski and Georgia Tunney scored to tie it at 4 with 14:14 to go.

Taylor Cummings, who led McDonogh with four goals, hit a high corner for a 5-4 Eagles lead, and that started a seven-goal run that ended when Megan Whittle made a spectacular reaching catch off a pass from Corinne Etchison and took it straight to goal. That gave the Eagles an 11-4 lead that doomed the Blazers.

"They definitely gave us a test," Eagles senior Jen Cook said. "Our goal was to take it to them at the start of the second half and give them no chance to get back in it, because they can come back like they did at the end."

The Eagles had the better of possession early in the second half, winning the first five draws. They also outshot the Blazers 33-14.

"We couldn't capitalize when we needed to," Blazers coach Mary Bartel said. "We had our opportunities in the second half. I thought we played a great first half. We were certainly better today than the first time we stepped on this field [a 13-6 loss], and there's a certain amount of satisfaction in that and there's an incredible amount of disappointment that we couldn't get it done."

At Bryn Mawr, the Reds (14-5) avenged a 15-9 regular-season loss by scoring the final three goals of the game, including Jenna Riefler's game-winner with 3:19 left. They also got a big game from backup goalie Mattie Miller, who came on to make 10 saves.

On the final goal, Mattie Meredith drew two defenders and dumped the ball off to Riefler, who led the Reds with four goals and two assists.

Morgan Rubin gave the Mawrtians (16-3) an 11-9 lead with 12:23 left, but Riefler and Betsy Angel scored back-to-back goals to tie it at 11 with 8:56 to go.

"The first game just kind of got out of control," Reds coach Kristin Nicolini said, "and we also had our backup goalie in today, who made some key saves at pivotal points. There was a lot more on the line, so our girls gave it everything they had."

The Reds return to the title game for the first time since 2004. They are one of only two teams that lost to McDonogh this season by fewer than six goals, falling, 16-14, in the A Conference opener for both teams.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

1 MCDONOGH 12, 11 NDP 7

Goals: NDP—Stanwick 3, Hartman, Jablonski, Tunney, Seipp; M—Cummings 4, Cook 2, Lawler 2, Whittle 2, Burgess, Etchison.

Assists: NDP—Stanwick, Seipp, Hartman; M—Etchison 2, Cummings, Lawler.

Saves: NDP—Wilcox 16; M—Ferraro 6.

Half: M, 6-4.

5 ROLAND PARK 12, 2 BRYN MAWR 11

Goals: RP—Riefler 4, Todd 3, Angel 2, Formwalt, Meredith, Ramzy; BM—Snouffer 3, Turco 3, McGee 2, Rubin, Matz, Bowling.

Assists: RP—Meredith 4, Angel 3, Riefler 2, Formwalt; BM—Snouffer, Dunbar, George.

Saves: RP—Miller 10; Knight 0; BM—Wolf 8.

Half: 6-6.

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