Top-ranked John Carroll rallied from four goals down and held off a determined No. 7 Notre Dame Prep squad to take a 14-12 overtime victory in yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament semifinal in Bel Air.
The defending champion Patriots (17-0) will face No. 3 McDonogh, a 10-8 winner over No. 4 Severn yesterday, in tomorrow's championship game at St. Paul's at 3 p.m.
Yesterday, the Patriots won their second straight overtime game as Katie Kiriazoglou scored the game-winner with 1:32 left for a 13-11 cushion. They needed it, because NDP's Kelsie Bozel, who scored two goals in the final three minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime, scored with 1:01 to go.
John Carroll's Brittany Dashiell won the final draw and the Patriots were able to stall away a minute before Kiriazoglou scored again at the buzzer.
"We like to keep it interesting, don't we?" said Patriots senior Ally Carey, who had two goals and two assists. "But really, it seems like each year, playoff teams are different than the regular-season teams, and NDP came out here so strong and so ready to play us that we lost a little composure. Thank God, we pulled it out in the end."
The Blazers (14-6) ran up a 6-2 lead on Covie Stanwick's goal with 8:03 left. Jordie Lopez had three goals in the run, but the Patriots started chipping away and took their first lead, 9-8, when Grace Gaeng scored with 7:19 to go.
At McDonogh, the Eagles (18-2) avenged last year's semifinal loss to Severn (12-6) as they ran off four straight goals midway through the second half to take a 9-5 lead and hold on. Melanie Weingart scored the game winner with 10:40 left on an assist from Hannah Franklin. Colby Rhea, Molly Fernandez and Kira Paterakis also scored in the run.
Alex Priddy scored twice to pull the Admirals to 9-7, but Kitty Cullen interrupted the momentum with a goal with three minutes left to boost the Eagles' lead to 10-7.
Eagles goalie Meg Fiorito finished with 12 saves, including several key stops late in the game.
The Eagles won the 1A Conference title in 2005, but after the 1A teams merged back into the stronger A Conference in 2006, they reached the championship game but fell to St. Paul's.