The way Catonsville coach Becky Clipp Cassilly sees it, her players have a confidence issue. “We are 3-4,” she said after Thursday's 15-13 loss to Severn. “We haven’t lost over three games in any of the past three years. They don’t believe they are as good as they are. The coaches do.”
But maybe the Comets gained some belief in themselves after turning in a strong effort against Severn, ranked No. 8 in the Sun’s girls high school lacrosse poll, in the Anne Arundel Community College Lacrosse Tournament at Annapolis High.
“They played really well and really hard,” Cassilly said. “It’s the best I have seen them play. I am really proud of my girls.”
Junior attacker Lauren McDonald, an UMBC recruit, led the Comets with five goals. “I saw some really great things out of her and she played very well,” Cassilly said.
Catonsville also received standout performances from Jenn Nonn (Virginia Commonwealth) and Brooke Stevens (High Point), who each had three goals.
But the trio’s effort wasn’t enough to overcome the Admirals, who defended smartly, passed crisply and capitalized on one-on-one opportunities.
Maddie McDaniel (4 goals), Annie Igler (3) and Regan Levitt (3) led Severn.
The Admirals (9-4) jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first 11 minutes as four different Admirals scored.
Catonsville managed to tie it at 6-6 late in the half when Stevens, a senior attacker, scored her second straight goal. Both times she came from behind the goal and beat keeper Meredith Brown with a low shot.
Severn led, 8-6, at halftime. Cassilly credits Nonn for the Comets' ability to stay close.
“(Nonn) won 11 (out 13) draw controls,” she said.
Unfortunately for the Comets, they didn’t win any of 11 draws in the second half.
With Severn holding the ball constantly, the Admirals maintained a three-goal lead early.
Catonsville cut the advantage to 11-10 with 16:42 remaining on McDonald’s fifth goal.
Severn, however, ran off a four-goal spurt over the next 11 minutes on its way to the victory.
“We got ourselves into too big a hole,” Cassilly said. “And we couldn’t dig ourselves out of it.”
Kayla Wood and Trinity McPherson contributed one goal each for Catonsville. Comets goalie Savannah Cheuvront finished with seven saves.
Thurday’s girls lacrosse scores
Seton Keough 10 Mercy 7
Hereford 15 Middletown 7
Notre Dame Prep 6 Manhasset 5
Park 17 Annapolis Area Christian School 2
SSSA 9 Bryn Mawr 5
Chapelgate Christian 10 Catholic 8
John Carroll 11 Skaneateles 7