Mount de Sales might be at the bottom of the Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference standings, but no team above the Sailors would want to play them in the postseason.
“I think we are probably the best 0-6 team you’ve ever seen, but if you see our schedule, we don’t shy away from anybody,” said Mount de Sales coach Mary Gagnon, after the host Sailors lost to Bryn Mawr, 12-11, Tuesday evening.
It was the third straight one-goal loss for the Sailors who lost back-to-back overtime contests to St. Paul’s, 8-7, and Roland Park, 12-11, in their previous two conference games.
Bryn Mawr (3-3) is no stranger to close calls.
They’ve lost an overtime game to Spalding, 12-9, and one-goal decision to Roland Park, 8-7.
The win over the Sailors was their third straight and they were led by the scoring of junior Julia Feiss (5 goals).
The University of Denver-bound midfielder gave the Mawrtians a 12-10 lead with :45 left in regulation after senior Amanda Ignacio (Georgetown University) had pulled the Sailors within one, 11-10, with 1:33 remaining.
Katie Groenke (Franklin & Marshall) teamed up with Hadley Brown (Vanderbilt) to win the ensuing draw and set up Feiss’ final tally.
The never-say-quit Sailors responded when Amanda Donovan’s draw was snagged by the outstretch stick of Allie Hynson and that led to a goal by Becca Boyle with :21 left making it 12-11.
Ignacio won a ground ball after the next draw, but the Sailors never got a shot off in the final ticks.
“At halftime our coaches kind of told us to be fearless, so we just went out there the second half and tried to keep up our intensity and go out with no fears,” Feiss said.
The game was deadlocked at halftime, 3-3, but Sailor senior Eve Lukowski (Bucknell University) gave them a 4-3 lead with the first of her three second-half goals.
Bryn Mawr responded by speeding up its transition game and that led to four unanswered goals and a 7-4 lead.
‘We just tried to keep a more steady fast pace and move it with more intensity,” said Feiss, who had two of the tallies.
Bridget Danko (2 goals) and Julie Blaze (2 goals, 1 assist) had free position goals during the four-goal outburst.
Bryn Mawr won four of five draws in the stretch, with junior Alex Argo (Princeton) doing excellent work outside the circle.
“The draw is critical,” Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel said. “We talk about that all the time and there were a lot of 50/50 balls early in the game that we weren’t coming up with and we got them clean at the start of the second half. Then, they got a few clean ones when we were up and that gave them a little bit of momentum.
Lukowski took advantage of the momentum swing with a pair of goals that made it 7-6 with 15:49 left.
Georgia Carroll (2 goals) made it 8-6 just 27 seconds later.
The Sailors rallied to tie on a goal from Hannah Ignacio (3 goals), off a Boyle assist, and one by Amanda Ignacio, who deposited a rebound of a Lukowski shot that caromed off keeper Maggie Kane (Richmond).
Blaze gave Bryn Mawr the lead for good on an unassisted goal and Carroll assisted Groenke for a 10-8 lead and the Mawrtians held on.
Although the mounting close losses are frustrating, senior midfielder Hynson, who suffered torn anterior cruciate ligaments in the same knee two seasons in a row, knows her team can turn it around.
“It’s not about effort, definitely,” Hynson said. “We’ve just got to go that extra mile.”
Her coach agreed.
“These girls never quit,” Gagnon said. “You never think we are out of the game.”