Western Tech girls lacrosse upends Lansdowne

The girls lacrosse game played between Lansdowne and Western Tech at Arbutus Middle School on Monday was more than just a showdown of two neighborhood rivals.

It was a family affair.

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Junior Tiara Allen played for Western Tech and her younger sister, Armoni, is a freshman on Lansdowne.

The older sister earned bragging rights as Tiara Allen scored four goals and had five draw controls to lead the Wolverines (4-4) to a 12-10 victory over the Vikings (6-3).

Western Tech coach Drew Daudelin also got a strong performance in goal from his daughter, sophomore Bea Daudelin, as she finished with 18 saves.

Lansdowne's head coach Chris Patterson, who also coaches his daughter, Alexis Patterson, watched her score a game-high eight goals.

Patterson, who has 38 goals, scored Lansdowne's first three goals and four of the first six when Lansdowne built a 6-2 lead with 4:34 left until halftime.

Armoni Allen and De'Ara Washington had the other Viking goals, while Tiara Allen and Bria Fassler (3 goals) scored for the Wolverines.

After Washington and Patterson scored nine seconds apart, Daudelin called a time out.

"I didn't say much except I told them they had to slide better and then I made a defensive switch," Daudelin said. "Their offense kind of runs through Alexis, so I put my best defender on Alexis to faceguard."

That defender was sophomore Niara Spence. He also switched from zone to man-to-man.

After Lansdowne got its sixth goal, the Wolverines held them scoreless for the next 22:50.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines rattled off eight straight goals and took a 10-6 lead.

"That is actually the longest stretch we have gone without scoring," Lansdowne coach Patterson said.

"That was a huge run," Daudelin said. "That's all the defense making an adjustment and we weren't even doubling very much, we were just tightening it up."

Fassler started the scoring surge when she did a reverse pivot and scored, making it 6-3 with 3:40 left until halftime.

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Fassler also set up Tiara Allen for a shot that was saved by Lansdowne goalie Nicole Campbell, but it caromed right back into Allen's stick and she deposited it in the back of the net, cutting the deficit to two, 6-4, with 1:29 left in the half.

A free position 8-meter goal by Rumbi Mangwende pulled the Wolverines within one, and Tiara Allen got the equalizer when she grabbed her own draw and went straight to goal and scored with 22:29 remaining in the second half.

"After the time out, it gave me a mindset that I needed to get all the draws and I needed to get possessions to win the game," Allen said. "When I get it [draw], I feel like I just have to go."

Allen won the next draw and, after her shot was saved. Fassler scored with 21:50 left and the Wolverines had a lead they would never relinquish.

During the next 8:20, after Fassler's tally, goalie Daudelin faced four straight shots, two from eight meters and she saved three and one sailed wide.

"She made a couple big saves," said her dad.

A motivated Tiara Allen scored to push the Wolverines ahead, 8-6, with 13:30 left.

"My main motivation was I was playing my little sister so I definitely wanted to beat her," said Allen, whose Wolverines lost a 4-3 decision to the Vikings early in the season.

This time, Western Tech kept pouring it on.

An interception by Ciera Williams and ground ball off a draw scooped by Kieran Ray, who was promoted from the JV, gave the Wolverines valuable possessions.

Jumana Oubaid's goal pushed the Wolverines ahead, 9-6, and Mallory Quinn's score gave them a 4-goal lead with 9:24 left in the game.

Patterson's free-position tally finally broke the scoring drought with 7:44 left, but 43 seconds later, Kaiya Fox scored a free-position goal and the lead was back to four, 11-7.

Oubaid scored the final goal for the Wolverines before Lansdowne's Patterson scored the last three goals of the game in the final 5:47.

Lansdowne did get solid play and an assist from senior defender and midfielder Courtney Austin, who had several ground balls and three interceptions.

"She is my utility player," Patterson said. She plays high defense and midfield because she also has the speed, so she is my utility player and she bounces back and forth."

Western Tech made it difficult for Lansdowne to rally because they were clearing successfully with long passes from goalie Daudelin.

"We were able to push it over the defense," Drew Daudelin said. "If Bea can push it 50 [yards], we only have 30 more to go."

In addition to Spence, Western Tech got solid defense from Rachael Foxworth and Pariya Ahmadi and strong transition play from Sara Mustafa.

"That's a good win," Daudelin said. "The girls wanted it partly because of the family connections and this is always a back and, forth series. It's always a three-goal game, a two-goal game or a one possession game."

Daudelin enjoys coaching against the Vikings.

"I love playing against Chris too, he's really positive and fun he does great things with his girls, he gets great things out of them," he said.

The first meeting was totally different with only seven total goals scored.

"It was a defensive battle," Patterson said. "The other game my defense was really clicking and my offense, it was the first game of the season, so we were trying to figure out our offense. Now we've got our offense clicking, so we've got to get our defense back on that rhythm."

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