Semifinals Set in USL U-15 Girls Championship
by Paul Krome, Brian Logue and Eboni Presto, Lacrosse Magazine Online staff writers
Carly Reed had 10 points (7g, 3a) to help Stars Gold knock off Top of the Bay 15-13 in the quarterfinals.
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BEL AIR, Md. – Top-seeded CheckHers 2012 (Md.) survived a scare, beating Top of the Bay (Md.) 21-19, in overtime, in the quarterfinal round of the US Lacrosse Girls U-15 National Championship. Also advancing to the semifinal round were Relentless Hustle (N.Y.), Stars Gold (Va.) and Wissahickon Lacrosse Club (Pa.).
The event, presented by Modell’s Sporting Goods, continues on Wednesday with the girls’ semifinals set to begin at 9 a.m. and the championship game slated for 2 p.m. The 32-team boys’ field also begins on Wednesday with pool play.
Relentless Hustle beat Phantastix Purple 18-14 in its quarterfinal matchup, Stars Gold beat Towson Lacrosse Club 15-13 and Wissahickon beat Western Mass 12-10.
CheckHers 2012 21, Top of the Bay 19 (OT)
Check-Hers got great goaltending from Hannah Clinton (16 saves) in the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime and then Madison Cyr and Kirstie Connor each scored in the first overtime period to give Check-Hers the 21-19 win over Top of the Bay in a game that featured eight lead changes, ten ties, and six minutes of extra play.
The first half was a game of draw control and ball possession. Both teams had the ability to score quickly and in bunches. Top of the Bay started the game hot as they got up early 3-0, however CheckHers would counterattack to score four straight goals and take the lead. The battle for the advantage went on most of the first half as CheckHers went up by four with three minutes left, only to see Top of the Bay score twice to cut their lead to two by halftime.
The second half was much of the same. Neither team was able to establish a big lead, as the score changed early and often. The ball would change sticks constantly as no team could keep possession. Top of the Bay’s Kaitlyn Moynihan scored with 42 seconds left to take the lead and it looked like they would pull out the victory. However, down by one, Taylor Gress with 24 seconds left to keep Check-Hers alive and force overtime.
Cyr finished the game with seven goals and an assist and Abigail Smucker led Top of the Bay with eight goals and an assist.
Relentless Hustle 18, Phantastix Purple 14
Emily Eichner and Claire Costanza scored four goals each to lead Relentless Hustle to an 18-14 win over Phantastix Purple in a quarterfinal game this afternoon. Each player scored twice in each half, as Relentless Hustle assumed an 11-4 advantage at the break and never led by fewer than four goals during the rest of the game.
Relentless Hustle goalies Alyssa Saxon and Claudia Coleates split time and combined to make 10 saves, limiting a Phantastix Purple offense that had exploded for a 22 goals in its round of 16 win earlier today.
“These tournaments have so many talented girls, and a lot of them play offense on their regular teams. We try to stress playing defense and identify those who take it seriously,” said Relentless Hustle coach Jeff McGuigan. “We had a few midfielders come back and help us out. I thought they did a good job of stepping up. They took it to heart, and our goalies were excellent.”
Danielle O’Donnel helped key the defensive effort, and both goalies started transition goals with good outlet passes on clears.
It looked like Phantastix Purple would pick up where it left off earlier, when Natalie Schmitt opened the scoring just 15 seconds into the game. But Phantastix fell behind 5-1 and never fully solved Relentless Hustle’s defense. Schmitt, Kelly Cross and Brooke Callahan scored two goals each to lead Purple.
Wissahickon Lacrosse Club 12, Western Mass
Lizzie Tillger scored four goals and birthday girl Haley Schweizer added three more to lift second-seeded Wissahickon (Pa.) to a 12-10 win over Western Massachusetts in a quarterfinal game. Karly Simpson scored four goals in a losing effort for seventh-seeded Western Mass.
Tillger scored three of her team’s first five goals in the game’s first 11 minutes as Wissahickon raced to a 5-2 lead. The team from the Philadelphia area appeared on the verge of blowing out the New Englanders by surging ahead 7-2 with 12:03 remaining in the half. But Simpson started and ended a furious run to close the half, pulling her team within 7-6 with five seconds left when she converted an Erin O’Connor assist. Bridget Instrum also scored twice to help Western Mass.
The game remained close throughout the second half, and Western Mass finally evened it at 9 when Erin O’Connor scored her second goal of the game at the 19:05 mark. But 62 seconds later Olivia Gannon put Wissahickon ahead to stay with an unassisted goal. The Philadelphians eventually went up 12-9 and held on to advance to the semifinals.
Stars Gold 15, TLC 2013 13
A dominant performance by Carly Reed helped Stars Gold (Va.) beat Towson Lacrosse Club (Md.) 15-13 in the final quarterfinal of the day. Reed had seven goals and three assists in the contest and had a hand in Stars Gold final seven goals of the game.
TLC opened up a 7-4 lead with 6:37 remaining in the first half, only to see Stars Gold score the final five goals of the half to take a 9-7 lead at the break. TLC then blanked Stars Gold for the first 14 minutes of the second half before Elizabeth Dyson’s goal with 11 minutes to play tied the game 10-10. From there the stars of the game took over.
Reed scored back-to-back goals to put Stars Gold up 12-10 with 7:45 to play. TLC’s Sydney Holman answered 42 seconds later and then tied the game 12-12 with 2:49 to play. Just 26 seconds after that, Reed fed Margaret Tucker Fogarty for a goal, then scored her seventh of the game with 58 seconds to play and fully iced it by feeding Fogarty for another goal with 40 seconds left. Holman’s fourth goal of the game with 17 seconds left was the final score of the game.
Semifinal match-ups for Wednesday morning at 9
CheckHers 2012 vs. Relentless Hustle
Stars Gold vs. Wissahickon
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