Baltimore all-stars coach Jessica Randisi felt her team deserved a break Saturday afternoon against the South all-stars after beating both New Jersey and Upstate New York by a goal in its first two games of the Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse tournament.
Baltimore got the relief it sought in the form of an 18-5 victory over the South at Towson University.
"It was a fun game," said Randisi, who also coaches at Maryvale. "It was nice to not have to wait to the last minute to score a goal. Our younger girls stepped up and our nerves were under control."
After University of Maryland recruit Megan Whittle, a McDonogh School rising senior, scored three goals in a 9-8 victory over Upstate New York Saturday morning, she came back to score five to lead Baltimore past the South Saturday afternoon.
Baltimore also received standout performances from Catonsville's Brooke Stevens (3 goals, 1 assist), Maryvale's Miranda Ibello (2 goals, 2 assists), Mount de Sales' Amanda Ignacio (2 goals) and McDonogh's Brindi Griffith (2 goals).
The winners jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first half and Whittle capped that stretch with her third straight goal.
After leading 8-2 at halftime, Baltimore scored eight of the first nine goals in the second half.
C. Milton Wright's Maggie Gallagher, John Carroll's Meredith Haggerty, Our Lady of Good Counsel's Alexis Rieu and Notre Dame Prep's Mae Tarr also had goals for Baltimore.
Baltimore finishes up pool play Saturday at 10:30 against New England.
Randisi said her team's three wins should get them a berth in the championship semifinals Sunday at Noon against either Long Island or Washington D.C.
"I think we have as good a chance as anybody," Randisi said of winning a championship. "We have 24 really strong players. We want to play six games and win six. We have said that from the very beginning."