McDonogh teammates Gabbe Cadoux and Brindi Griffin did everything possible to give the South a chance in Saturday night's 11th Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game. The North's offense just kept making timely plays.
Cadoux finished with seven saves in just under 30 minutes of action while Griffin finished with three goals and two assists, but the North held off a few South rallies and scored a 13-11 victory in the game at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The McDonogh goalie, whose seven saves matched the second most in this series, helped the South stay close in the first half as the North threatened to blow the game open a few times in the opening minutes. During that stretch, the North often maintained possession as the South needed 10 minutes to even come up with a shot on goal.
By that time, Cadoux already had made three saves, all on close shots as the North repeatedly set up scoring chances in the early minutes. The North scored the game's first two goals, but Cadoux made those three stops that kept the lead right there.
Cadoux made four saves later in the half as the North again created a number of scoring opportunities. The Duke-bound goalie did not know much about the other team's shooters but said she's fine with just relying on her instincts.
“No thinking at all is the easiest thing,” Cadoux said. “It was actually great. They're very good [on offense] also. It was such a privilege to play against great players like that.”
The South needed her stops or the game could have turned into a rout early.
“She [was] awesome,” Griffin said. “She did so well.”
Griffin helped the South pull closer after the North took a four-goal lead midway through the first half. She scored twice and added an assist, but the North held a 7-4 lead at the break.
Griffin, who is headed to Maryland, said the North's intense defense, which involved lots of double-teams, took some time to deal with.
“They played a high-pressure defense,” Griffin said. “It took a little bit to get used to. We had to really adjust to that during the game.”
They fared better after the slow start but never took the lead. Griffin helped make a run when she converted a free-position shot 3 minutes, 15 seconds into the second half and then assisted on a Kali Hartshorn goal 37 seconds later.
That cut the North's lead to 7-6, but the North scored the next two goals, four of the next six and never led by less than two — despite not scoring for the final 13 minutes.
The game's momentum kept shifting back and forth, but whenever the South made a run, the North stopped its momentum with a timely goal or a short run. In fact, the North never trailed. Katie Hoeg earned MVP honors thanks to her three-goal, two-assist effort for the victors.
For the South, Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley, Maryland) helped with one goal and two assists. Colston was named girls lacrosse Player of the Year by The Sun this spring.
Colson helped the South get started on offense after falling behind 2-0 early. and set up the South's first goal with a slick pass to Nikki Sliwak, who then split a double-team and scored at the 10-minute mark. Then, just 1:52 after that, the South tied it at 2 on a goal from Eva Klaus (Severna Park) off of a pass from Savannah Buchanan (McDonogh).
The North took command after that, scoring four straight goals over a period of 3:52. Griffin broke that run when she scored with 12:40 left in the half.
Cadoux came through again after that, making three more stops as the North kept finding scoring chances. The North finally beat her and took a 7-3 lead when Emily Hawryschuk whipped a behind-the-back shot past the goalie with 3:52 left.
Griffin scored her second goal with 44 seconds left in the half, and the North took that 7-4 lead into the break.
The North outshot the South, 19-12, in that first half. Still, the South had a number of good scoring chances, but North starting goalie Asa Goldstock often frustrated its offense.
She made four saves overall in one half of action, played aggressively and wasn't afraid to come out of the goal, even registering an assist thanks to a good clearing pass. The North also helped Goldstock in the first half with the tight defense, often effectively double-teaming the South and stopping scoring chances.
11th Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game
(at Towson University)
North 13, South 11
Goals: N-- Hoeg 3, Hawryschuk 2, Miller 2, Lynch, Bruno, Kinna, Lloyd, Barry, Duffy; S- Griffin 3, Hartshorn 2, Colson, Sliwak, Laus, Warther, Masinko, Carlson. Assists: N- Hoeg 2, Lynch 2, Bruno, Goldstock, Ohlmiller; S-Colson 2, Griffin 2, Buchanan, Cordrey, Harris, Sliwak. Shots: N- 30; S-30. Saves: N- Goldstock 4, Krupnick 4; S-Cadoux 7, Cunningham 3. Half: N, 7-4.