Mid-Atlantic High School Girls' Regional Report (June 13)
by Chris Goldberg | LaxMagazine.com
Halley Barnes, Garnet Valley (Pa.)
Jackie Rupp, Oakton (Va.)
Megan Kelly, Moorestown (N.J.)
1. McDonogh (Md.), 18-0
The Eagles capped another perfect season — their third in a row — and won their 69th straight game by downing Maryvale Prep (MD.), 12-11, to claim their fourth straight IAAM Division A championship.
2. Moorestown (N.J.), 26-0
Moorestown staved off a furious rally by Chatham (N.J.) in the final 13 minutes and claimed a 12-11 victory to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions and complete a perfect season. Moorestown led 12-4 with 13 minutes to play, but Chatham went on a 7-0 run and drew within one with 2:52 left. Moorestown was led by Carly Taglienti (2g, 3a), Stephanie Toy (2g, 3a), Nikki McMonagle (2g, 1a) and Lindsay Goldblatt (2g).
3. Bryn Mawr (Md.), 16-2
The Mawrtians were eliminated by Maryvale Prep (Md.) in the semifinals of the IAAM tournament. They finished second in the regular season and boasted impressive wins over St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and Garden City (N.Y.,) in the Maryland-New York Challenge.
4. Century (Md.), 17-1
The Knights won their sixth state championship with a 12-9 victory over Queen Anne's (Md.) in the Class 3A/2A title game. Century has reached the state championship game nine times in the school's 10-year history. The Knights' lone loss was to No. 1 McDonogh (Md.).
5. Maryvale Prep (Md.), 13-4
The Lions reached the finals of the IAAM A Conference Tournament where they gave McDonogh (Md.) all it could handle in a 12-11 loss. Maryvale Prep also scored a memorable 9-7 victory over No. 2 seed Bryn Mawr (Md.) in the semifinals. The Lions won eight straight games until bowing to McDonogh.
6. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.),
The Saints capped the year with two championships. First, they won the Independent School League crown with an 18-6 rout of Georgetown Visitation (D.C.). Then, they swept three games to claim the Virginia State Independent Tournament, topped off by a 16-5 win over Bishop Ireton (Va.).
7. Chatham (N.J.), 23-3
The Cougars fell to Moorestown (N.J.), 12-11, in the Tournament of Champions title game. The State Group II champs nearly pulled off a miraculous rally, scoring the game's final seven goals to draw within one. Jaclyn Leto and Mary Kate O'Neill each had three goals and an assist for Chatham, while Kallan Murray and Kelsey Perselay each scored twice.
8. Severna Park (Md.), 17-2
The Falcons won their second straight Maryland State 4A/3A championship with a 13-6 victory over Westminster (Md.).
9. Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.), 20-2
The Tigers fell to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 18-6, in the finals of the Independent School League championship.
10. Garnet Valley (Pa.), 24-3
Hallie Barnes (2g) scored 23 seconds into sudden-death overtime as the Jaguars completed a stunning comeback to down Strath Haven (Pa.), 10-9, for their second consecutive PIAA championship. Allyson Heavens (3g, 1a) scored with 46 seconds to play in regulation and Haley Warden (3g) tied it at 9 with 27 seconds left. Garnet Valley trailed 8-3 with 9:43 to play before scoring four goals to get back into the game. The Jags had been held scoreless for nearly 27 minutes before launching their comeback.
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Senior All-American Hallie Barnes overtime goal gave Garnet Valley (Pa.) a 10-9, come-from-behind victory over Strath Haven (Pa.) for its second straight (PIAA) championship. The Jaguars (24-3) came back from an 8-3 second-half deficit, and a 9-7 hole with 1:01 to play. Garnet Valley won the draw to open the overtime and Barnes (2g) got the ball in front of the cage. She rolled left to right and beat Hallie Yancey (10 saves) for the game-winner. "The heart and passion that we have — the experience — it all got bottled into the last few minutes," Barnes said. "It was a gut check. We had to decide if we wanted to win or lose." Garnet Valley had finished only fourth in the District 1 tournament after winning the Central League with an undefeated record. It closed the year with four wins by one or two goals in the state playoffs. "We gave everything we had and there was no turning back," Barnes said. "It just feels awesome." Strath Haven (17-10), the Cinderella story that came out of the District 1 tourney as the No. 6 seed, had taken an 8-3 lead with six unanswered goals during a stunning period of 27 minutes. In that time, the Panthers —defeated by Garnet Valley 12-6 and 16-6 earlier this year — completely dominated the game and controlled the pace with a precise ball movement and steady defense as well as outstanding goaltending by Yancey. Kirsten Wilhelmsen (2g) gave Strath Haven an 8-3 edge with 18:07 left to play and shortly after that Garnet Valley coach Kate Henwood was given a red card for arguing calls. The incident seemed to give her team a spark, though, and Heavens broke a slump of 26:43 scoreless minutes to make it 8-4 at 9:43. Heavens scored again and then Warden made it 8-6 before Barnes took a feed from senior All-American AnnaElise Morello to draw her team within 8-7 with 4:41 left. Strath Haven responded as Kristen Hansen (two goals) made it 9-7 just 13 seconds later. The Panthers won a draw control and began to hold the ball before finally giving it up with 1:01 to play.
Moorestown (N.J.) survived Chatham (N.J.)'s blitz and claimed a 12-11 victory to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title, wrapping up a 26-0 season. The Quakers captured their 18th Tournament of Champions crown and first since 2009. Moorestown led 12-4 with 13 minutes remaining, but Chatham (23-3) went on a 7-0 run and drew within 12-11 with 2:52 left on a goal by Jaclyn Leto (3g; 111 for season). But the Quakers were able to run out the clock. Last year the Quakers fell to Ridgewood by a goal in the TOC finals; the year before they were upset by Shawnee (N.J.) in the South Jersey Group III title game. Moorestown scored five straight goals to take a 7-2 lead in the first half. Amanda Currell made seven saves for the win. "Our team has been working so hard for this all year," Dalmass said. "It was the perfect ending to our perfect season. I love this team so much and I'm so sad it's over. Chatham's a great team and it was a really exciting game, especially at the end. I couldn't be happier than to end my time as an (Moorestown) laxer with my best friends and the TOC trophy!"
Jackie Rupp scored four goals to spark Oakton (Va.) to a 12-7 win over Langley (Va.) in Virginia state final, giving the Cougars their fourth state title and first since 2008. The Cougars (18-2) were up 6-3 at the half and led 9-4 before the Saxons (9-4) made a comeback, led by Hayley Soutter (2g) to make it 9-6. But Oakton goalie Emily George made a key save and Carly Palmucci scored both of her goals to key a 3-0 run and clinch the outcome.
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