After losing in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship game last year, Park is determined to make a run at another title this spring.
What the Bruins did Thursday against host Friends is a good step toward that goal.
Park clinched the first seed for the league’s post-season tournament that starts May 6 with a 10-8 victory.
Senior attacker Yen Baker scored four goals and junior midfielder Sara Lessons added three goals to lead the winners.
The Bruins (12-2) had to work much harder in their rematch against Friends, the defending league champs.
Park routed the Quakers, 16-4, on April 8.
"I made sure our girls weren't going into this game with the assumption that we were going to win," Park coach Robin Lowe said. "I feared that maybe we would overlook them. It wasn't much of a contest early (in the first game)."
It was this time.
Park led 2-0 and 3-1 before the Quakers (9-3) fought back to tie it late in the first half.
Abby Corkum (3 goals, 2 assists) scored on a free-position shot with 3:15 remaining and Rachel Kehoe (3 goals) added a goal 12 seconds later on a low shot to make it 3-3.
It was also tied at halftime, 4-4.
Friends led twice by a goal in the first nine minutes of the second half, but not again the rest of the way.
Park went ahead 8-6 with 11:22 on Lessans' shot to the upper right corner that beat Rose Woolson (10 saves).
Friends scored twice over the next four minutes to tie it for the last time, getting goals from Marlin Caplan and Caitlin Donovan.
But senior attacker Rachel Hettelman took over down the stretch, scoring goals 1:21 apart to assure the Bruins the win. The first came with 5:23 left.
After Hettelman's goal, Park went to its stalling game and held the ball for the final 3:30.
"Our composure and being able to handle the ball at the end of the game was huge," Lowe said. "We have been in some tight games this year and have had some practice with that."
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