The Mount de Sales field hockey team stayed on top of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference with a 2-1 victory over visiting Severn on senior day.
Sophomore Charlotte Lacey scored the game-winning goal with 2:05 left in regulation, off an assist by Morgan Yandow-Harding.
“We just felt it and we just went with it,” Lacey said. “It felt like it was in slo-mo kind of, just all of it happening in the moment, it was just great.”
The play started when junior Kate Ringstad inserted the penalty corner.
“Kate told me she would hit it to me on the right and then I saw Charlotte going to the corner and it made it past the goalie and she just tapped it in,” Yandow- Harding said.
They scored the goal without senior Gianna Antone, who was penalized for 10 minutes with 9:01 remaining in the game.
The senior standout had scored the Sailors first goal in the opening half with 9:45 left until intermission.That had evened the score after Severn’s Hailey Schendel had scored off an assist by Regan King giving the Admirals a 1-0 lead.
The Sailors pressure the visitors in the second half with strong midfield play from Antone, Logan Dean and Lindsay Kelly, setting up penalty corners by insert Madison Capps.
But two shots by Antone leaked wide and shots by Hope Keller and Lacey were saved by goalie Arielle Hillock.
But on the third penalty corner in the final four minutes, Lacey converted.
“One of the biggest things I’ve tried to instill this year is team cohesion and accountability,” first-year varsity coach XiaoYing Van Schaik said. “The one thing that amazes me is that all of our girls stepped up.”
The victory improved the Sailors to 8-1 in the conference and 8-5 overall.
It was the fourth straight win, including a 1-0 decision over St. Mary’s, who was previously unbeaten in the conference.
St. Mary’s is 7-1 and in second place and Severn is third at 5-3.
“We were major underdogs (before the season) and I think we are starting to make our mark and have a comeback,” coach Ying said.
Mount de Sales seniors, who were honored after the game, included Caroline Corbitt, Rileigh Byrd, Rachel Hornig, Libby Rehkemper, Antone, Capps, Kelly, goalie Heather Stofregen and managers Carly Carruba and Grace Laquarta.