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No. 12 Maryvale breaks the pattern with 16-10 win over No. 5 St. Paul's

After losing to No. 14 John Carroll by one goal in overtime of Wednesday's season opener, Maryvale's girls lacrosse players must have felt stuck in a Groundhog Day funk.

The No. 12 Lions had suffered three of their past four losses by one goal — two in overtime — and they realized they needed to wake up and stop repeating that outcome or they could pretty quickly fall out of contention in the highly competitive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

Friday afternoon, the Lions broke the pattern, turning a tie game with 16 minutes left into a 16-10 win at No. 5 St. Paul's.

Goalie Caroline Federico had a terrific 12-save performance and the Lions' attack won most of the draws, played with patience and moved the ball well in scoring eight of the final 10 goals.

"We just wanted to try really hard and make up for everything we did wrong [against John Carroll]," said Lions midfielder Sam Darcangelo, who scored six goals. "We have to realize they can always come back. Last year, when we played them, we were down by four, came back and tied it, then went into double overtime and won."

The Gators (0-1) did come back early in the second half. After Kaitlan Moynihan scored one of her four goals to give the Lions (1-1) an 8-5 led three minutes after the break, the Gators scored three straight times to tie at 8 when Shelby Wells took a pass from Amanda Sutor and placed it just off Federico's left hip with 17:07 left.

But St. Paul's could not maintain the momentum and, after Maryvale coach Jessica Randisi called time out, the Lions put the game away with an 8-1 run.

"We needed to settle the ball down," the first-year coach said. "We started to do what we did against John Carroll, to panic pass. But we needed to slow it down, work through our plays, don't panic, so they finally got that motion after we had the timeout and yelled a little bit."

Carly Ross, Darcangelo and Samantha Aiello strung together three Maryvale goals in little more than three minutes, and Moynihan capped the four-goal run for a 12-8 lead with 8:10 to go. The Gators got one back when Sutor fed Haley McDonnell, but they couldn't maintain the momentum and the Lions reeled off four more goals for a 16-9 lead with 1:19 remaining.

Lauren Hudson, Kaylin Ziemba and Madison Oliver led a strong defensive effort in holding the Gators to only two goals in the final 17 minutes. Federico made two saves during that stretch, and she set the tone in the first few minutes of the half with two of her five saves against free position shots.

Gators coach Brook Kuhl-McClelland said she felt the momentum shift after Randisi's timeout.

"I don't know if it's that our team, after they get a lead or they come back and tie the game, they sit back on their heels and think that that's the end all," said Kuhl-McClelland, who is in her second season with St. Paul's. "No. You still have to persevere and go the rest of the 25 minutes [in the half]. We noticed that last year, and that's something we're still teaching them,"

No. 12 Maryvale 16, No. 5 St. Paul's 10

Goals: M—Darcangelo 6, Moynihan 4, Ross 3, T.Oliver, Aiello, McWright; SP—Wells 3, McDonnell 2, Braig, Gibbons, Sutor, Fine, Aldave. Assists: M—Bochniak 3, Aiello 2, Moynihan; SP—Sutor 3, McDonnell. Half: M, 7-5.

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