Magic sea­son ends in­over­time

Mount St. Joseph falls to Man­heim Cen­tral in first round of states

The Review - - Sports - By EdMor­lock emor­lock@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @emor09 on Twit­ter

WORCES­TER » Mount St. Joseph’s Acad­emy’s sea­son came to an end Nov. 7 with a 2-1 over­time loss against Man­heim Cen­tral in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A state play­offs at Methac­ton High School.

“So proud of our girls,” Mount coach Mary Beth Ste­fanow­icz said. “We did a great job. We had a great sea­son. I wish it ended dif- fer­ently tonight, but it is prob­a­bly the worst con­di­tions we’ve played in by far in a long time, but it was a good game. (Man­heim is) a very tal­ented team.”

Those ter­ri­ble con­di­tions were tem­per­a­tures just above freez­ing and con­sis­tent rain through­out the game.

“No doubt it had an ef­fect on us, but it also had an ef­fect on the other team,” Ste­fanow­icz said. “We’re both out here. Can I say it would have ended up dif­fer­ently? Who knows. We won’t know. It’s just Mother Na­ture at its worst.”

Man­heim’s Codi Bollinger scored the game-win­ning goal with 4:20 left in the first over­time. Mad­die Hoster lofted a ball to­wards the net and Bollinger de­flected it out of mid-air and into the back of the cage.

Man­heim Cen­tral, the fifth seed out of Dis­trict 3, had some good chances ear­lier in the ex­tra ses­sion, but Mount goal­keeper Maeve McCarthy kept them off the board. She made four of her eight saves in the ex­tra ses­sion.

The Magic had some chances in over­time, too. Ju­lianna Kratz had some op­por­tu­ni­ties to score in tran­si­tion but couldn’t out-run Man­heim’s de­fend­ers. GraceWal­lis made a beau­ti­ful move to the

left of the cage and sent a pass in front of the goal, but no one was there to knock it home.

The Mount, the Dis­trict 1 run­ner-up, ap­peared to take a one-goal lead late in reg­u­la­tion. Kratz passed to Wal­lis andWal­lis shot wide of the cage, but it de­flected off a de­fender and into the goal. It was ruled a goal, but af­ter the refs hud­dled to dis­cuss, it was ruled il­le­gal be­cause Wal­lis hit it from out­side the cir­cle.

“Very proud of our girls,” Ste­fanow­icz said. “They did ev­ery­thing they could. It was tough hav­ing that goal called back, but I think the refs did a great job.”

Those two con­nected on MSJ’s only goal to tie the game at one. Wal­lis found Kratz for the equal­izer with 20:43 left in reg­u­la­tion.

Man­heim took a 1-0 lead with 10:01 left in the first half. Jenna Lutz scored on an as­sist from Lilly Sipel.

This Mount team will lose four starters to grad­u­a­tion be­fore com­ing back hun­gry next sea­son.

“We have a lot of young tal­ent com­ing up to the team,” Ste­fanow­icz said. “I think they’re go­ing to be just as good, maybe bet­ter. Who knows. Great group of girls.”

Man­heim Cen­tral will face Dis­trict 3 cham­pion Done­gal, who was a 2- 0 win­ner of Me­rion Mercy, in the quar­ter­fi­nals Satur­day.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mount Saint Joseph Acad­emy’s Meghan McGins­ley races past Man­heim Cen­tral’s Han­nah Bar­bush for a loose ball Tues­day night.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mount Saint Joseph Acad­emy’s Grace Wal­lis passes the ball against Man­heim Cen­tral Tues­day night.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mount Saint Joseph Acad­emy’s Mari Kniezewski works the ball to the side­line near Mannheim Cen­tral’s Jenna Lutz Tues­day night.

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