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Girls Lacrosse: Macera, Westminster answer county call against Century

Westminster junior Madi Macera talks about the Owls' win over Century.

ELDERSBURG — Westminster girls lacrosse coach Jackie Stevens got the answers she was looking for against Century on Friday night.

With her Owls' only losses coming by one goal each, against Hereford and Manchester Valley, Stevens wondered if her team could bounce back. Junior attacker Madi Macera helped provide the answer.

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Macera led five Westminster scorers with four goals, as the visiting Owls defeated the Knights 12-7 on Century's senior night.

"We just played smart and as a team," Stevens said. "We didn't make a lot of mistakes and possessed the ball. This is a huge win and a confidence booster. We haven't beaten Century in four or five years."

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Westminster (8-2, 3-1 in the county) led 8-2 at halftime, but Century freshman Grace Bruce brought her team back into the game with two goals and an assist during the Knights' four-goal run in the first 11 minutes of the second half.

Bruce hit the goal post about two minutes into play, but it didn't take for the Knights to start to cut into Westminster's lead.

Century (9-2, 3-1) ran off three goals in a span of 2:34 to trim the margin to 8-5 and all three came on free position shots. Bruce had two of them.

Then Bruce had a nice feed that set up a Michaela Connolly goal with 14 minutes remaining.

"I think we finally woke up," Century coach Becky Groves said. "I told the team at halftime, 'You have to play. It doesn't matter what the score is.' That's how we should have started the game."

It took Westminster nearly 12 minutes into the second half before the Owls scored, and the goal came from Paige Sedlar. Century cut the advantage 9-7 with 13:01 left as freshman attacker Christina Haspert scored on a free position shot as she fell to the ground.

That's as close as the Knights would get.

Westminster started to take control and scored the last three goals. Macera, who has committed to play lacrosse at Virginia Tech, had two of them.

The Owls' Hannah Dintino finished with three goals and Erin Anderson and Caroline Frock each scored two.

"She made smart decisions and didn't force the ball on shots," Stevens said of Macera. "She used her teammates."

Stevens said team had its best start to a game this season.

After Connolly, the county's leading scorer this spring by a wide margin, scored less than 30 seconds into the game, but finished with only two goals.

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Westminster responded with three unanswered goals over the next 3:13. Dintino, a sophomore midfielder, had the first and last one during that stretch. Dintino scored again with 15:29 remaining to boost the Owls' lead to 4-1 and 21 seconds later, Allison Zimmerman found the back of the net.

Westminster almost had another goal with 12:13 remaining, but Macera hit the pipe. Century cut the deficit to 5-2 when Haspert beat goalie Sara Tyssowski on a free-position shot.

The Owls closed the half on a 3-0 run, however.

"Coming off two tough losses, we set a goal that we were going to come out hard and fast," Macera said. "I was so impressed with how we played."

Goals: C-Michaela Connolly 2, Christina Haspert 2, Grace Bruce 2 Kelsey Morrison; W-Madi Macera 4, Hannah Dintino 3, Caroline Frock 2, Erin Anderson 2 Amy Jarvis.

Assists: C-Julia Hatmaker; W-Frock 2, Anna Ruby 2, Anderson.

Saves: C-7 (Hannah Basso); W-10 (Sara Tyssowski).

Halftime: Westminster, 8-2.

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