Maryvale Prep’s Miranda Ibello and Amanda Bochniak combined for eight goals and two assists to lead the Lions (11-4) to a 14-8 triumph over visiting Severn (9-7-1) in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference quarterfinals on Monday.
The pair, who had four goals each, did most of their damage when the game tightened up midway through the first half.
Early Maryvale goals by Sydney Hesselbein and Emma Tizard (2 goals, 1 assist) were answered by Severn tallies from Regan Levitt, off an Annie Igler assist, and Cami Whiteford (5 goals), off a Levitt feed.
Ibello, a sophomore who has verbally committed to Johns Hopkins University, scored an unassisted goal with 13:53 left in the first half to give the Lions a 3-2 lead, and they were never tied again.
“It’s just exciting when you are up, or tied even more, because it pumps you up during that time.” said Ibello, who thrives on scoring pressure goals.
“She has been pulling through for us,” Maryvale coach Jessica Randisi said.
So has goalie Caroline Federico, who kept the game from being tied with a point blank save of a free position shot from Whiteford with 12 minutes left until halftime.
“Caroline always comes up with big saves,” Randisi said. “You can always depend on Caroline.”
Bochniak, who will play at Marquette University next season, hit a free position goal that pushed the lead to 4-2, but Severn responded with a goal from Igler, assisted by Kelly Reese.
Maryvale made it 6-3 with 6:11 left until intermission, after Ibello and Bocniak’s scored on consecutive goals.
Levitt did score again for Severn, but it was the last goal of the half as Maryvale’s Tizard, Ibello and Elena McWright stretched the halftime lead to 9-4.
Tizzard’s tough left-handed shot came after a pass from Bochniak and Ibello’s came when McWright threaded the needle with a low underhanded pass in traffic.
Ibello wasn’t surprised by the daring pass.
“They tell us to make sure our teammates are going to catch it when we pass it in the middle, but I just feel like if someone’s stick is open, we should pass it because we should be able to catch and throw and we should be able to trust your teammates.”
Ibello did just that in the second half when Julie Doyle caught her pass through a sea of Admirals behind her body and turned it into an instant goal.
The lead swelled to 11-5 as the defense of Federico and defenders Lauren Hudson, Maggie Huey and Emma Boris kept the Admiral attack silent.
“I was just seeing the ball and our defense did a really good job of collapsing, so it made my job a little bit easier,” said Federico, who also praised the clearing help from Hudson. “Lauren is key for me and we work really well together. I always know she is going to be there when I need her.”
That defense also caught the eye of coach Randisi.
“I’m really thrilled with our defense this year,” she said “We’ve got some speed in the defense and they can handle the ball.”
That defense could really be tested in the semifinals when they will most likely face unbeaten top-seeded McDonogh.
Goals: Ibello 4, Bochniak 4, Tizard 2, Hesselbein 1, Crocetti 1, Doyle 1, McWright 1.
Assists: McWright 2, Ibello 1, Tizard 1, Bochniak 1.
Goals: Whiteford 5, Steele 1, Igler 1, Levitt 1.
Assists: Igler 1, Levitt 1.