Late 3-goal run lifts McDonogh

The Baltimore Sun

McDonogh's Kitty Cullen said her team was "really, really bummed" after losing to No. 3 John Carroll on Wednesday, so the Eagles wanted to make sure the same thing didn't happen when yesterday's game at Bryn Mawr took a similar turn.

The No. 10 Mawrtians grabbed the momentum after halftime, but unlike Wednesday, the No. 4 Eagles stole it back with three quick goals that sparked a 10-9 victory in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

"I think this is going to be really good especially for the spirit on our team," said Cullen, who scored the game-winner with 2:13 to go.

Wednesday, John Carroll used a five-goal second-half run to seal a 14-9 victory.

"At practice [Thursday] we were talking about what we could do," Cullen said. "When we came out here, we knew it was going to be a hard game, but we needed to bounce back."

Yesterday, after the Mawrtians scored four straight to take an 8-7 lead on Sam McGee's goal with 11:07 left, the Eagles (4-1, overall and conference) did bounce back.

McDonogh goalie Meg Fiorito saved the next three Bryn Mawr shots before the host Mawrtians made a key turnover when goalie Abby Bisbee held the ball in the crease past the 10-second limit.

Hannah Franklin quickly passed to Molly Fernandez for the tying goal. Kira Paterakis and Cullen then found openings down the middle, completing a three-goal Eagles run in less than three minutes.

The Mawrtians (3-3, 2-3) tried to rally, as Annie Thomas scored her fourth goal of the game with 1:13 left, but they could not get another shot.

For most of the game, the Mawrtians defense did a great job on the Eagles, who won 10 of 14 second-half draws, but they could not stop those two late drives.

"At the end, I think some of our girls got caught below the ball," Mawrtians midfielder Kelsey MacDonald said. "I know everyone was busting really hard to get back. They just slipped through the holes, but we played really gritty today and, hopefully, next time we'll get there."

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