Emily Cooper gave Archbishop Spalding's offense a boost on Friday, especially in overtime.
Cooper scored twice after regulation and finished with seven goals overall as No. 9 Spalding regained control after fading late in the second half and pulled out a 12-9 victory over host Bryn Mawr in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
The Cavaliers needed Cooper to step up when overtime began. They never trailed but slipped late in the second half when the No. 10 Mawrtians (0-3, 0-2) scored twice in the final five minutes, tying the game 9-9.
"At the end of regulation, we lost our momentum [a little]," Cooper said. "We were able to control our emotions. I think we did a good job of regaining momentum."
Cooper handled much of that herself. The overtime session is two three-minute periods — not sudden death — and Spalding (4-2, 1-1) won the draw to start, which proved crucial.
The Cavaliers set up on offense, and Alexis Phillips (three goals) got a free-position shot quickly. Bryn Mawr goalie Maggie Kane (13 saves) made the stop on it, but Spalding got the loose ball back. That led to Cooper scoring off a pass from Maggie Kaulius (two goals, three assists) with 1:28 left in the first extra period.
Cooper struck again 25 seconds into the second overtime period for an 11-9 lead. Phillips then locked up the win on her goal with 1:47 left in overtime.
Cooper scored three goals in the first seven minutes of the game as the Cavaliers went up, 4-1, and appeared in command, with the Mawrtians struggling to win draw controls.
"We have a lot of girls that can go to the cage quickly," Spalding assistant coach Tara Restly said. "Our team is extremely fast, and we like to push the tempo."
Bryn Mawr began to slow the pace and stopped Spalding from its run and gun style late in the first half and through the second.
The Mawrtians also got a number of clutch saves from Kane, whose stops kept them close. They did a good job of eating up clock time and taking momentum away from Spalding, which couldn't score because it didn't have the ball.
Spalding took a 7-5 halftime lead, but Bryn Mawr held the Cavaliers to just two second-half goals and rallied to force overtime. Spalding scored just once in the final 20:07 and often had to watch the Mawrtians settle and pass the ball.
Hadley Brown (three goals) and Julie Blaze (three goals) sparked the Bryn Mawr comeback, but it was Julia Feiss who scored the game-tying goal. That came on an extra-man chance with just 1:44 left, off a pass from Georgia Carroll.
That's when Cooper took over. Though she is battling through injuries, she has scored 21 goals in four games, including the crucial ones in overtime vs. the Mawrtians.
"We needed this one," Cooper said. "We lost to them last year. This [win] was needed."
Spalding 12, Bryn Mawr 9 (OT)
Goals: S- Cooper 7, Phillips 3, Kaulius 2. B- Blaze 3, H. Brown 3, Danko, Carroll, Feiss. Assists: S- Kaulius 3, Pazulski 2, Marcionette, Orozco; B- Carroll 3, Danko. Saves: S- LaVeck 3; B- Kane 13. Half: S, 7-5.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun