Buoyed by 4 straight wins, including a 14-12 road victory over 1st place AACS, the Girls Varsity Lacrosse
team was flying high until back to back losses to Catholic (6-11) and Park (14-15 in OT) landed them with a thud in 3rd place and looking for answers. Happily, they found those answers at home on Tuesday, April 9, when they defeated two-time defending champs Mercy, 11-10, in a highly anticipated contest.
The game started quickly as Charessa Crosse ’19 won the first draw and scored just 25 seconds in. The Quakers faced a tough and strong offense from the Magic and held them defensively for several minutes until Mercy scored on a great feed to tie the game at 1. The two teams traded goals the entire first half until Mercy closed it out at 6-5.
Mercy came out flying in the second half to take a four goal lead at 10- 6. Both teams missed excellent chances but neither could find the back of the net as the score remained 10- 6 Magic with 5 minutes left in the game. The Quakes would score the next goal with a retained possession and patient offensive play, closing the gap to 10-7. With 3 minutes left the Quakes dug deep, forcing turnovers and interceptions on the defensive end. With 1:57 remaining in the game, Sarah Lynch ‘20 found the back of the net and the momentum continued to shift. After winning the next draw, Paige Saudek '22 was free inside the 8m. to sink her 4th goal of the game, bringing the score to 10-9.
With 1:05 remaining in the game, Friends gained possession and 40 seconds later, Charessa Crosse found Paige Saudek cutting through the 8m, and Paige, again, found the back of the net to tie the score with 35 seconds remaining.
The Quakers won the final draw of regulation with Sarah Lynch getting the job done around the center circle as MC Mortimer ‘20 and Charessa Crosse worked the ball down the field and patiently retained possession until time expired. The game was knotted at 10 as the teams headed into overtime.
The Quakes once again rocked the center-draw with MC Mortimer, as Crosse grabbed a ground ball and headed into the offensive end, sending it to Paige Saudek who, after taking a pass in front of the goal, shot low and scored the winning goal, her sixth of the game. Tuesday’s victory pushed the Quakes’ record to 4-2 (conference), 5-2 (overall). They remain in 3rd place, a half-game behind Catholic.
The team will host top-ranked AACS on Tuesday, April 16, at 4 pm. Come out and show your support. GO QUAKES!