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.
Halftime: Oldfields, 10-9.
Friends 14, Glenelg Country School 5 (IAAM B Conference quarterfinal)
Wilde Lake 20, Hammond 8
Grayson Corbett tied Wilde Lake’s single-game scoring record with 12 goals as the Wildecats defeated Hammond. Beth Glaros, now playing for the University of Maryland, set the old mark in 2010 in a game against Oakland Mills.
Corbett also had an assist and 12 draw controls as the Wilde Lake seniors played their last regular season game on their home field.
Of the five senior players, only one was on the team last year – goalkeeper Eolandae Brown. She had three saves against Hammond.
Two of the other seniors did not play their junior year. The other two are first-year players recruited from the girls soccer team. “They are so athletic that they can pick up lacrosse and they are eager to figure it out,” Corbett said.
Although she did the bulk of her team’s scoring, Corbett said she likes it best when everyone is involved.
“It’s definitely more exciting when everyone is a part of the win,” she said.
Corbett pointed out that senior Jordyn Carter had a pair of goals.
“She stepped up and scored,” Corbett said.
Freshmen Kate Glaros (four goals) and Rachel Lazris (two) also had notable showings.
Brigid Mangan led Hammond with three goals.
The victory was Wilde Lake’s sixth of the year. The Wildecats haven’t won that many games in a season since 2004.
“I love this team,” said coach Davia Procida. “I’m a really happy, proud coach.”
The Class 3A/2A post-season playoffs begin Wednesday. Wilde Lake plays at Reservoir and Hammond hosts Atholton.
Goals: WL – Grayson Corbett 12, Kate Glaros 4, Rachel Lazris 2, Jordyn Carter 2. Ha – Brigid Mangan 3, Hannah Wascavage, Shannon McCarthy, Michelle Sparling, Zoe Pekins, Keara Miller.
Assists: WL – Grayson Corbett. Ha – none.
Saves: WL – Eolandae Brown 3, Lauren Hutchinson 5. Ha – Tina Asare 6, Ewurafua Asiedu 6.
Long Reach 16, City College 5
Mt. Hebron 17, Centennial 4 (May 4)
Goals: MH – Sam Brookhart 5, Jordan Stevens 4, Jen Giles 3, Ally Unkenholz, Amanda Steinmuller, Chachi Kelehan, Soran Larson, Haley Sutton. C – Alicia Hsieh 2, Martha Hutzell 2.
Assists: MH – Sam Brookhart 3, Jordan Stevens 2, Ally Unkenholz, Chachi Kelehan, Jen Giles. C – not available.
Saves: MH – Maddy Fisher 10. C – Anna Cosentino 8.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 7-3.
Class 4A/3A North: Howard is the No. 1 seed and has a first-round bye on Wednesday. On Friday, May 10, the Lions then host the winner of the Richard Montgomery/Urbana game.
Class 3A/2A South: Marriotts Ridge (1), Mt. Hebron (2), River Hill (3), Glenelg (4), Centennial and Long Reach all have first-round byes on Wednesday.
In first-round games: Wilde Lake plays at Reservoir and Atholton plays at Hammond.
Quarterfinal games are Friday, May 10: with Marriotts Ridge hosting the Wilde Lake/Reservoir winner, Mt. Hebron hosting the Hammond/Atholton winner, Long Reach plays at Glenelg and Centennial plays at River Hill.
Class 1A/2A East (West section): Oakland Mills has a first round bye and plays at Calvert at 4:30 on Friday.
League standings (as of May 6)
Marriotts Ridge, 11-0
Mt. Hebron 10-1
River Hill, 9-2
Wilde Lake, 4-7
Long Reach, 2-8*
Oakland Mills, 0-11
Glenelg Country, 4-10 (IAAM B)
Chapelgate, 9-4 (IAAM C)
(* The Long Reach vs. Hammond game was suspended at the half with Long Reach winning, 8-3. It has not been determined if the game will be considered complete.)Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun