After defeating Indian Creek 16-6
two days earlier in the quarterfinals, Friends defeated Park School, 11-9, in the second round of the playoffs on Thursday, May 11. The team will take on Mercy in the IAAM B Conference Championship game on Saturday, May 13, 5 pm, at Archbishop Spalding High School. Tickets are $8. Head coach Mandy Hudson is calling for a huge turnout. “We need fans!” she implored.
Tuesday’s semifinal game found the Quakers in a heroic come from behind charge against the Bruins late in the second half. The Quakers-Bruins rivalry is always a good one and our team knew they had their hands full after losing to Park twice, the second game in overtime, during the regular season.
Park put the first goal on the board just 52 seconds into the game. The Quakers answered less than 2 minutes later with a critical Carli Freeman ’18 (1,2) goal. Over the next ten minutes of play, the Quakers defense, lead by goalkeeper Sydney Wilson '18 (12 saves) and Zoe Guill ‘18, came up big and sparked tremendous midfield transition and 2 more goals, both by Irene Lunt ’17 (6,1), putting the Quakers up by 2. Park answered with the next 4 goals. The back and forth action continued until halftime when the board read Park - 7, Friends - 4.
The Quakers opened the second half on fire with a beautiful feed from Baiz Hoen ’18 to Irene Lunt ’17 to bring the game within 2, followed seconds later by another Lunt goal to overtake Park, 7-6. The stands at the Park School campus became loud and the Quakers got fired up. “The next four minutes of play were incredible, with lots of competitive play by both teams,” says Hudson. With 16:54 remaining on the clock Park scored the next two goals, to increase the Bruin lead by 3.
Intensity and Perseverance
Following a time out the Quakers won the next draw and moved the ball quickly down to the offensive end with Alex Miceli ’18 netting a goal just 14 seconds later to bring the Quakes within 2. The Quakers and Bruins were playing tough lacrosse all over the field forcing turnovers and moving the ball. The Quakers’ net minder Sydney Wilson ’18 came up with another big save and, working their beautiful transition game, Friends moved the ball down field where Irene Lunt found the back of the net with 4:45 remaining to put the Quakers down by 1. Park called a time out to try to stifle Friends’ intensity level but to no avail as the Quakers won the next draw and Alex Miceli scored in 12 seconds to tie the game. The Quakes dominated the draw once again and Charessa Crosse ’19, after her initial shot deflected off the Park goalie, found the back of the net to give the Quakers a 10-9 lead with 3:47 remaining. Mary Charlotte Mortimer ’20 scored the final goal shortly after the Quakes won the next draw, bringing the team up by 2 goals with less than 3 minutes remaining. Using their ball possession to run time off the clock, the Quakers held off against Park’s desperate attempts to intercept until Park forced a turnover with just under a minute to play. Ultimately the Quakers relentless defense was too much for Park, who could not fire another shot in the final moments. Come out and cheer the team to victory on Saturday, May 13, 5 pm, at Archbishop Spalding when they play Mercy for the championship title. LET'S GO QUAKES!
Irene Lunt ‘17: 6,1
Alex Miceli ‘18: 2,0
Carli Freeman ‘18: 1,2
Mary Charlotte Mortimer ‘20: 1,0
Charessa Crosse ‘19: 1,0
Goalie - Sydney Wilson '18: 12 saves