It’s not uncommon for the better athletes to elevate their game to a higher level come championship time.
The entire Friends girls lacrosse team did just that.
Senior midfielder Abby Corkum led six Quaker scorers with four goals and two assists, as Friends topped Glenelg Country, 18-6, in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship game at Stevenson University Sunday.
Corkum got plenty of assistance from her teammates. Junior midfielder Kailie Saudek scored four goals and junior Rachel Kehoe, sophomore Marli Caplan and freshman Irene Lunt each added three goals.
The Quakers’ speed, stickwork and nearly unstoppable ball-control attack overmatched the Dragons (12-5).
“We have an offense that can bring six or seven goal scorers to the table,” said Friends coach Mandi Hudson, whose team beat Glenelg Country, 12-7 and 13-10, during the regular season. “That’s our M.O. We are not full of stars. We are a team of players.”
Glenelg Country’s Alyssa Arnold (3 goals) scored the game-opening goal by beating two defenders and goalie Rose Woolson (8 saves).
After Lunt tied it at 1-1 about two minutes into play, Kehoe weaved through a cluster of defenders and scored on a low shot to put the Quakers (17-1) ahead to stay.
Those two goals got Friends rolling and started an explosive 10-0 run as Kehoe, a midfielder and UMBC recruit, had three during that stretch.
Dragons’ freshman attacker Julia Sheehan broke nearly a 15-minute scoring drought when came from behind the net and found the back of the cage with 9:02 remaining to trim the lead to 10-2.
Glenelg Country looked flat in the first half and trailed 11-3 at the intermission.
“We just couldn’t get it going,” Dragons’ coach Paige Walton said. “Once we had the ball, we turned it over. They would get it, come down and score. They finished almost all of their shots.”
Lunt and Caplan had goals in the first five minutes of the second half to give the Quakers a 13-3 advantage and force a running clock the rest of the way.
“We a played a complete game from the very beginning,” Corkum said.