Just as there are two sides to every coin, there are two halves to a lacrosse game, and Chapelgate knows which half it prefers.
“We’re a second half team,” said Chapelgate coach Colleen Norton after her team rallied to defeat Oldfields, 17-13, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference quarterfinal on Monday.
Oldfields led, 10-9, at the half.
“Our transition was awesome in the first half, but we were shooting at the goalie’s stick,” Norton said.
Trailing was a wake-up call for the Yellowjackets, the defending conference champion.
“We realized that this could be our last game and we had to work harder (to win) it,” said Chapelgate senior Jen Yahiro. “We didn’t have a very good warm-up and we needed to get into the game more and focus more.”
Chapelgate, playing at home, trailed 12-9 early n the second half, but reeled off eight unanswered goals to take command of the game.
Coming up with draw control in the second half was an important factor in getting offensive opportunities.
“Emma (Rufolo) is pretty good at controlling the direction the draw goes,” said Chapelgate’s Christina VanWingerden.
Rufolo is also good at finding the net. She scored a game-high seven goals. VanWingerden had four and Yahiro, Katelynn Kerr and Julia del Carmen each added two.
“The draws didn’t go our way,” explained Oldfields’ Grace Pollack. “We could have pulled it out, but we did the best that we could.”
Pollack scored six goals in the game.
Oldfields only has two seniors – Louise Chapman and Aubrey Banez. “
We’re a young team with a lot of new players so sometimes when it comes down to tough games they are not ready for the pressure,” said coach Emily Waugh.
Chapelgate will host St. Timothy’s on Wednesday. The two teams split regular season meetings, each winning by a single goal.
St. Tim’s defeated Pallotti, 15-9, to advance to the semifinals.
Chapelgate 17, Oldfields 13
Goals: CCA – Emma Rufolo 7, Christina VanWingerden 4, Jen Yahiro 2, Julia del Carmen 2, Katelynn Kerr. O – Grace Pollack 6, Louise Chapman 2, Lilly Carroll 2, Anastasia Araviakis, Megan Machek, Emily Brownawell.
Assists: CCA – Christina VanWingerden, Emma Rufolo. O – none
Saves: CCA – Emily Roberts 6, Kaitlyn Wentzel 3. O – Tiffany Peart 5.