John Carroll shocks top-ranked Mount Hebron

The Baltimore Sun

John Carroll's girls lacrosse players couldn't quite come up with the words to describe yesterday's victory over No. 1 Mount Hebron.

After dominating the draws and scoring on 72 percent of their shots, the No. 3 Patriots became the first local team in 10 years to beat the Vikings, with an 18-9 win at the 12th annual Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

"We were trying to describe it afterward, and one of our coaches actually started crying," Patriots senior Casey Ancarrow said. "We just sat there speechless absorbing it all. There's really no words you can put it into. It's just awesome."

Ancarrow and Grace Gaeng had seven points each, and Ally Carey helped win 19 of 29 draws to give the Vikings their first loss to a Baltimore-area team since St. Mary's beat them April 19, 1998.

The 11-time defending state champion Vikings (3-1) got off to a quick 4-0 start yesterday, but John Carroll, the defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion, turned it around quickly. By the end of the half, the Patriots (7-0) were breaking away as Gaeng, Katie Kiriazoglou and Ancarrow strung three goals together in the final 2:22 for a 7-5 edge.

The Vikings pulled within four, 11-7, on back-to-back goals from Ashley Bruns and Marta Chell, but the Patriots answered with four in a row to run the lead to 15-7 when Gaeng scored with 11:37 left.

Through much of the second half, the Patriots had long stretches of possession thanks to winning nine of the first 11 draws and forcing most of the Vikings' five turnovers.

"Draw control absolutely killed us," said the Vikings only senior, Monica Zabel. "They got pretty much all the draws, and that's what built their momentum up. We were getting the ball to the outside [on the draw], but no one was really fighting for the ball on our side. They just worked harder than us."

This is the second streak in two years to end for the Vikings, who saw their 103-game winning streak broken last spring against West Genesee (N.Y.).

For John Carroll, the victory completes a two-week stretch in which they beat three top-5 teams including No. 4 McDonogh, 14-9, and No. 5 Severn, 10-9.

Patriots coach Krystin Porcella gave all the credit to her players, saying the combination of game smarts, leadership and work ethic has been the foundation for their success.

"Everybody's coming together and being on the same page, which is hard to do when you have 12 people out there," Porcella said. "Everybody's got a little bit different agenda of what's going on, but they just believe in the team. They believe in each other."

No. 11 South River 10, No. 7 Century 7 -- Goalkeeper Kim Kolarik made 13 saves for South River (6-0) - nine of them in the second half - to make the difference against the defending state Class 2A-1A champ at the Showdown. Century (4-2) took a 5-4 lead early in the second half, but Kolarik stopped nine of the next 10 shots on goal as Brooke Griffin and Alana Glanell combined for all the Seahawks' goals in a 5-1 run for a 9-6 lead with 4:52 left. "One thing that's really great about Kim is that she can read the attack in front of her," South River coach Julie Norton said. "Rather than her thinking about just saving the ball, she's watching that cutter that's going to possibly come off, and she's ready for it."

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