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The Baltimore Sun

Girls Lacrosse McDonogh girls lacrosse goalie Meg Fiorito appears ready to grab a little bit of the spotlight away from her big brother Tyler Fiorito, the Eagles' heralded boys lacrosse goalie.

While the No. 4 Eagles struggled on attack yesterday, their junior keeper played the best game of her career, making 10 of her 13 saves in the second half to preserve a 9-6 victory over No. 5 Severn in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

It's not surprising to Eagles coach Chris Robinson that Fiorito is emerging as a force in the goal. After all, Tyler, a senior headed for Princeton, is one of the best in the nation, a member of the U.S. under-19 team.

"She's really starting to come into her own," Robinson said. "It sounds kind of crazy, but she's kind of played in her brother's shadow ... so she's now developing her own identity. She's just getting better and better each game and, I think by the end of the year, she's going to be one of the best goalies around. She's very talented."

In the first 14 minutes of the second half yesterday, the visiting Eagles (3-0 overall and conference) went scoreless as Severn (3-3, 1-2) cut the lead to 6-5 on MacKenzie Carroll's goal with 18:18 to go. Then the Eagles capitalized on a few Admirals mistakes as Taylor Virden, Kitty Cullen and Kira Paterakis scored consecutive goals for a 9-5 lead with 2:46 to go.

The Admirals had a 15-9 advantage in shots in the second half, but Fiorito kept them off the board after Carroll's goal until just 11 seconds remained.

"It was more of an issue that we couldn't finish our shots," Severn goalie Hannah Hook said. "We were working so hard in the midfield and I think our defense was superb. Second half, we worked really, really hard overall, but we just didn't finish."

Fiorito said she got used to the Admirals shooters.

"In the second half, they shot low a lot, so I was ready for that," Fiorito said.

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