Friends coach Mandy Hudson got the answer she wanted Wednesday. With her Quakers coming off their only loss of the season Monday to Mercy, Hudson wasn't sure how they would respond against visiting Seton Keough.
They responded well. In a game filled with offensive flurries and big individual performances, Friends rolled to a 15-7 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference game.
“We came out to play great lacrosse today and we did,” said Hudson, whose team improved to 12-1 overall and 11-1 in the league. “The girls did an excellent job on defense and trusting each other and keeping the ball moving on offense.”
Friends sophomore attacker Marli Caplan scored a game-high six goals. Senior midfielder Abigail Corkum had three goals.
Senior attacker Christine Tomasic and junior midfielder Emily Lemanski led Seton Keough (5-7) with three goals apiece.
The Quakers got off to a fast start. Caplan scored twice in the first minute to give her team a 2-0 lead.
Tomasic countered with a goal 4:21 into play before Friends reeled off a three-goal outburst to go ahead 5-1.
After Tomasic found the back of the goal on a feed from Lemanski, the Quakers closed the half with another three-goal flurry to lead 8-2 at halftime.
Seton Keough just couldn’t slow down the high-scoring Quakers, who are averaging nearly 16 goals per game.
“Friends’ biggest asset is its speed,” Seton Keough assistant coach Joey Haines said. “They are the fastest team in the league. All their girls have excellent stick skills both left-handed and right-handed and they are beautiful at dodging.”
The Gators had no answer for Friends’ offense in the second half, either.
The Quakers opened the period on a 4-1 run to put the game out of reach. Caplan scored two goals during that stretch.
Friends also received solid performances from Rachel Kehoe and Irene Lunt, who scored two goals apiece. Louise Foster and Kallie Saudek each added a goal.
Quakers’ goalie Rose Woolson recorded eight saves.
Lynsey Reckard and Emmi Webber had Seton Keough’s other goals.
Wedneday’s IAAM lacrosse scores
McDonogh 15 Bryn Mawr 7
St. Paul’s 12 Roland Park 12
Garrison Forrest 12 Notre Dame Prep 11
Mercy 13 Park 10
Institute of Notre Dame 15 St. Johns Catholic Prep 14
Oldfields 14 Key 4
Glenelg Country 17 Annapolis Area Christian 2