Af­ter late let­down, Cavs re­group, per­se­vere

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Glenn Gra­ham glenn.gra­ham@balt­ twit­­nGra­hamSun

A lesser team would have crum­bled un­der the cir­cum­stances, sur­ren­der­ing a ty­ing goal to its fiercest ri­val off a penalty cor­ner with no time left on the clock.

But the de­fend­ing In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land A Con­fer­ence cham­pion and No. 1 Arch­bishop Spald­ing field hockey team went about the busi­ness of con­trol­ling the over­time in Thurs­day’s show­down against No. 2 McDonogh in a re­match of last year’s ti­tle game. The host Cavaliers’ per­sis­tence paid off when sopho­more for­ward Mar­got Lawn scored her sec­ond goal of the game with 3:05 left to play in the first 7-on-7, 10-minute over­time pe­riod for a 3-2 vic­tory.

Af­ter go­ing 17-0-1 and winning the league crown with a win over McDonogh last sea­son, Spald­ing (3-1, 1-0 in the IAAM) was com­ing off an up­set loss against South River on Tues­day that was de­cided on penalty strokes af­ter over­time. The Cavaliers put the ex­pe­ri­ence to good use against the Ea­gles (0-1), who got the ty­ing goal from Kate­lyn Whit­tle to force the over­time.

“It was rough. But we went into over­time ear­lier this week against South River, and all of us knew in our hearts we didn’t want to lose an­other game that way,” Lawn said.

Hard work and skill came be­fore Lawn’s goal in swel­ter­ing heat dur­ing the over­time. McDonogh’s Ryan Gillin, left, and Arch­bishop Spald­ing’s Pay­ton Ken­ney fight for con­trol of the ball. The Cavaliers im­proved to 3-1 with the win. The Ea­gles are 0-1. Spald­ing se­nior Mary-Mac Poul­ton came into the game with fresh legs to chal­lenge and beat a de­fender to get the ball in the cir­cle. She con­nected a pass across to Gar­den, who found Lawn open in front.

“I think the over­time we played Tues­day against South River pre­pared us for this,” Spald­ing coach Leslee Brady said.

While the Cavaliers were play­ing their fourth game of the sea­son — they outscored Good Coun­sel and Ch­e­sa­peake-AA by a com­bined 9-0 to open with two wins be­fore Tues­day’s set­back — the Ea­gles had the chore of open­ing their sea­son on the road against the de­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons.

They didn’t fal­ter ei­ther, de­spite fall­ing be­hind 2-0 when the Cavaliers, clearly out­played in the first half, dom­i­nated the early part of the sec­ond half with goals from Gar­den and Lawn.


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