The lights above Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field only made the area high school All-Stars shine all the brighter at the 12th annual Lacrosse for Leukemia tournament last night.
In the boys game, the Maryland Scholastic Association team rallied sandwich from a two-goal deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Metro team, 15-9.
Earlier, in the girls game, the West team beat the East, 16-8.
The Metro team took an 8-6 lead with 3:48 left in the third quarter off a goal by Jason Miller (Franklin). But the MSA team answered with eight unanswered goals and took a 14-8 lead with 2:14 to play.
Goalie Sean Gaiser (Mount St. Joseph) was named the game's Most Valuable Player, recording nine saves and holding the Metro team to only one goal in the final quarter.
"It's a good way to end my senior year," said Gaiser, who will attend Loyola in the fall.
Towson's Mike Ford paced the Metro team, scoring three of its five goals in the first half. Ford scored his game-high fourth goal with 52 seconds left.
Spencer Deering (Friends) led the MSA with three goals and two assists. Ben Strutt (St. Paul's), Jon Cusson (Loyola) and Trent Green (City) scored two each for the MSA.
Lori Pasquantonio (Mount Hebron) led all scorers with four goals and two assists and was selected the game's Most Valuable Player. She helped the West jump out to a 10-5 halftime lead, scoring twice in the first half.
"It was really a surprise," Pasquantonio said. "I guess I always try to get the MVP, but I never thought I would get it."
For the award, Pasquantonio received a lacrosse stick from Brine and a plaque, which was presented on behalf of the Leukemia Society of America.
Pasquantonio was one of three Howard County players to score for the West. Mount Hebron teammate Tierney Clark added a goal, as did Atholton's Allison Valentino.
Lauren Feinstein (Annapolis) added two goals for the West. C. Milton Wright's Sara Pokrywka led the East team's scoring with two goals.
Six goalies saw action last night. C. Milton Wright's Carmen Kinard had six saves in the second half for the East team, and Tricia Burdt (St. Paul's) made seven for the West.
"Through my three years [in the goal], I felt myself getting better and it was great to end the year this way since I won't be playing goalie in college," said Burdt, who will attend Maryland in the fall to play both lacrosse and field hockey.
The all-star games, attended by approximately 1,000 people, raised $8,000 for the Leukemia Society of America.