Girls Lacrosse: South Carroll back in state final for first time since 1993 after quelling Queen Anne's
By Rich Scherr
For the Carroll County Times|
May 17, 2019 | 10:20 PM
The South Carroll girls lacrosse team made the 90-minute trek to Pasadena Friday for its first appearance in the state semifinals in 26 years.
The Cavaliers weren’t about to let a bit of a slow start derail their dream.
After surrendering the game's first two goals and going the first 10:15 without so much as a shot, South Carroll caught fire, dominating the draw behind the effort of midfielder Riley Evans and scoring 12 of the next 13 goals on its way to a 13-5 win over Queen Anne's in the Class 2A semifinal at Northeast High School.
“We came into a timeout and just said, ‘We have to work harder,’” South Carroll coach Brigid Scanlon said. "‘We can't just stand back and let another team run all over us.’”
“We definitely were [concerned], but we picked it up a lot and realized that this was kind of our last shot," Evans said. "After losing in the first round of the playoffs last year, we really wanted to push ourselves this year. Now we've made it, and it's an awesome feeling.”
Evans finished with a game-high five goals to go along with four from midfielder Paige Abbott, two from attack Syd Hill and three assists from attack Abbey Behn.
South Carroll (15-1) advances to the Class 2A state final, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday night at 8 at Paint Branch High School. There, the Cavs will face the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal between Hereford and Glenelg, the three-time defending state champion.
South Carroll, which now has won seven straight games, is in search of its first state title.
After holding Winters Mill and Middletown to a combined seven goals in their previous two regional games, the Cavaliers fell behind quickly in this one. Looking tentative at the outset, they committed four turnovers in the first 8 minutes, surrendering the game's first five shots and falling behind 2-0 on goals by Lions attack Kylie Tulowitzky.
It took more than 10 minutes, in fact, for South Carroll to get off its first shot, but Jenna McDermott's goal off a feed from Behn put the Cavaliers on the board.
Trailing, 3-2, they reeled off eight straight goals over the next 7:50. The formula was simple — time and again, Evans won the draw, beat the defense downfield and either took the shot, dished or drew the foul, often scoring on free positions.
“We’re a fast team; we’re quick,” Evans said. “I think we really showed up today and pushed it. We’ve been practicing how to push it through midfielder and practicing our clears, and I think it really showed today.”
Abbott went coast-to-coast to begin the run, then scoring on a free position and a pick-and-roll to give South Carroll a 5-3 lead with 10:11 left in the half. Evans’ free-position goal extended the lead to 11-3 before her goal to open the second half off a feed from Behn gave South Carroll its largest lead of the night.
All told, South Carroll held Queen Anne's (14-4) scoreless for 17:19 as it built its lead to nine early in the second half.
“Our defense really stepped up," Scanlon said. "We sent some high-pressure doubles and we knew which girls they were really looking for. We talked a lot about trusting each other and just going hard on their cutters.”