When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Stevenson University
Coaches: Chris Robinson, McDonogh; Jessica Randisi, Maryvale
Last meeting: McDonogh won, 22-13, on April 4
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH
McDonogh: Taylor Cummings, Sr., M; Corinne Etchison, Sr., A; Mallory Schonk, Sr., A; Liz Bannantine, Sr., M; Sofia Robins, Sr., D; Sam Burgess, Jr., A.
Maryvale: Sam Darcangelo, Sr., M; Carly Ross, Sr., M; Caroline Federico, Jr., G; Flannery Carney, Sr., D; Miranda Ibello, Fresh., M; Amanda Bochniak, Jr., A.
KEYS TO VICTORY
McDonogh rolls into the title game on a 68-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the nation. The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the country in ESPN High School’s Fab 50, aim to polish of their third straight undefeated season with their fourth consecutive title and send their seniors out with a 76-1 career record.
Maryvale, however, has already dispensed with the team ranked No. 2 locally and nationally. The Lions, 16th in the Fab 50, upset Bryn Mawr, 9-7, in Thursday’s semifinal behind a spectacular 14-save performance from Federico, who missed the last three games of the regular season with a knee injury but came back as strong as ever.
When the teams met last month, the Lions were within 10-9 of the Eagles in the final two minutes of the first half, but McDonogh scored two goals before the half to spark a 9-1 run that put the game away despite Federico’s 19 saves. The Eagles won 29 of 37 draws and 21 of the first 25. They also had a 45-20 shot advantage.
“We’ve got to be able to play a full 50 minutes,” Randisi said. “I feel like we played a really solid 23 minutes — not even a full half — last time. We’ve got to win the draw. They just killed us on that last time. And we’ve got to stop their fast break.”
That’s a tall order that no team has been able to fill since Canandaigua (N.Y.) beat the Eagles, 12-10, on April 11, 2009. The last time McDonogh lost to a local team was May 10, 2008 when they fell to John Carroll in the A Conference final, 11-6.
Both teams have exceptional midfields. Cummings, the 2011 All-Metro Player of the Year headed for Maryland, leads the Eagles, who beat No. 6 Notre Dame Prep, 13-2, in Thursday’s semifinal. Darcangelo, a second-team All-Metro pick last season headed for Florida, leads the Lions. Cummings, however, has a little more help with the Eagles running two midfield units. With that depth and similar depth on attack, the Eagles average 16.7 goals per game and can wear down most opponents in the second half. That’s what happened to Maryvale last time.
The Lions scored more goals than any other team this season against a McDonogh defense that has a 7.1 goals-against average and has allowed only five opponents to hit double figures. Maryvale averages 14.3 goals per game and allows 11.
Even if the Eagles win, they still won’t equal the area’s longest private-school girls lacrosse title streak. Roland Park won five in a row from 1991 to 1995 in the Association of Independent Schools league, the predecessor to the IAAM. Maryvale, which won its last title in 2002, had a streak of its own, winning three straight AIS titles between 1986 and 1988.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun