Goal in dou­ble-over­time gives the Lions fifth con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in last seven years

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SAL­IS­BURY — Of­ten in big games, it comes down to one shot. And McKenna Blick, in her fi­nal chance to win the Bay­side Con­fer­ence crown, didn’t let her shot go to waste.

Blick’s goal off Kylie Tu­low­itzky’s feed with 2 min­utes, 3 sec­onds re­main­ing in the sec­ond over­time pe­riod Mon­day lifted Queen Anne’s County High’s girls’ lacrosse team to a 9-8 vic­tory over Stephen De­catur at Wi­comico County Sta­dium for its fifth con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in seven years.

The Lions (13-2) get the first round of the up­com­ing Class 2A1A East, Sec­tion II play­offs off, and will host ei­ther Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester or Wi­comico on Fri­day at Lions Sta­dium. De­catur is now 9-4.

A se­nior, Blick gave credit first to the en­tire team, then to the team­mate who set up the his­toric shot.

“First off, I’d like to thank this team,” Blick said. “And Kylie Tu­low­itzky, a fresh­man, she re­ally stepped it up this game and... re­ally made it pos­si­ble for me to get that shot off.”

Early though, the Seahawks, who lost to the Lions 14-5 on March 29, con­trolled the tempo. And that con­trol be­gan at the draw, Lions head coach Pene­lope Santos-Bates said.

“They were win­ning the draw con­trols early on; a lot of it came down to that, to who won the draw,” Santos-Bates said. “And we made a change af­ter it was 3-0, at that spot, and it helped us win them more.

Claire Porter’s score three min­utes in made it 1-0, De­catur. Lexie Van Kirk added a goal shortly there­after, and Vic­to­ria Kerkovich, who’d fin­ish with a hat trick, made it 3-0

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

The Queen Anne’s County High girls’ lacrosse team cel­e­brates Mon­day night af­ter de­feat­ing Stephen De­catur in dou­ble over­time for the Bay­side Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

De­fended by James M. Ben­nett’s Alex Sewell, Kent Is­land High’s Bran­don Gal­loway looks for a open team­mate dur­ing the Buc­ca­neers’ 8-5 vic­tory in the Bay­side Cham­pi­onship game Mon­day evening.

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