Catonsville falls to Broadneck in girls lacrosse state semifinals

Broadneck scored nine of the first 10 goals and the defiicit was too much for Catonsville too overcome in the Class 4A-3A sate semifinals as the Comets season ended with a 15-5 loss Saturday afternoon at Franklin Hgh

Ellen McNulty (7 goals, 1 assist) and Aislinn Probst (4 goals, 2 assists) led the scoring for the Bruins (17-3), who earned a berth in the state title game against Sherwood.

Probst scored 10 seconds after winning the opening draw and the Bruins led 3-0 before Claudia Flister got the Comets (16-3) on board with 17:01 left after a coast-to-coast run.

But, Broadneck scored six straight goals before Catonsille mounted its best charge of the game.

In the span, from 1:46 left in the first half until 13:30 left in the second half, the Comets outscored the Bruins 4-2.

Milani's goal late in the first half was followed by a Rachel Saks tally off a Milani feed.

But, Becky Meyer intercepted a pass deep in the Comets zone and scored with 39 seconds left, making it 10-3 at intermission.

Afer stellar pressure and hustle from Maddie Hunt helped the Comet defense hold the Bruins scoreless early in the second half, they finally broke through with a Probst to McNulty connection with 17:41 left for an 11-3 lead.

Milani i(2 goals, 2 assists) answered with a goal and assist to Saks (2 goals) that cut the lead to 11-5 with 13:30 left in the game.

Goalie Grace Campbell (9 saves) also had a tough save during that span off a rebound shot from Probst.

But Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall called time out with 11:11 left and the Bruins held the Comets scoreless the rest of the way.

“They are a very good team and coach just told us to settle down and play our game and keep the lead,” McNulty said.

“I did see Catonsville play and I knew that they had very good players that we would need to maintain possession of the ball and control the momentum of the game.”  Tengwall said. “I feel like a lot of our midfielders were able to do that.”

“We got off to a slow start and this team was too good to get a slow start against,” Catonsville coach Becky Clipp said. “They are the best team I’ve seen. They are very good.”

Turnovers were also the Comets worst enemy.

“Against a good team, you have to limit your turnovers,” Clipp said.

Despite the loss, Clipp praised the play of Hunt (University of Colorado Boulder) and Flister (Johns Hopkins), who will both play in college next season along with Milani (Maryland) and Campbell (Scranton).

"We are going to miss them huge at every place on the field." said Clipp, who will miss the entire team as well.  "I love this team. It's a great team. I just don't think we showed up today."


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