By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/22/12
McDonogh School went on a 9-0 run to break open a tight game as the No. 1 Eagles dominated No. 2 Garden City, 20-9, Saturday in the nightcap of the inaugural Maryland-New York Challenge at St. Paul’s School for Girls.
The game pitted the two top-rated teams in the country last year, according to LaxPower’s rankings. The teams also entered play as the same No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country this year.
McDonogh (10-0) led only 6-5 after the six-time Class B state champion Trojans used a 5-2 spurt to get back in the game.
But after a time out by McDonogh coach Chris Robinson, Meghan Whittle (seven goals) scored off a feed from Grace Muller and Taylor Cummings (five goals) scored minutes later. Whittle, Mallory Schonk and Cummings added goals before the half to make it 11-6.
The second half was all McDonogh as Sam Burgess, Corinne Etchison (three goals), Whittle and Anne Smith scored to make it 15-5.
“They were chipping away at the lead and were pressing too much to score early and we ended up turning the ball over,” said Robinson. “So that was the big thing, just to be patient. I said, ‘Lets run our offense, we don’t need to score in 10 seconds.’ That’s what we did. And we scored five straight goals to end the half.”
Alexandra Bruno led Garden City with three goals.
Garden City entered the game with a 55-game winning streak. McDonogh now has a 61-game win streak.
“Garden City was a great opponent, they were No. 2 in the nation and we knew we had to take them really tough,” Cummings said. “They played a great game today.
“We don’t think about the streaks much; we just take it one game at a time.”
Also Saturday, host St. Paul’s fell to Hauppauge, 15-9; Bryn Mawr whipped previously undefeated St. Anthony’s, 15-7; and West Genesee downed John Carroll, 14-6.
Sunday’s matchups are based on current LaxPower rankings: St. Paul’s-West Genesee (10 a.m.), Hauppauge-McDonogh (noon), Bryn Mawr-Garden City (2 p.m.) and John Carroll-St. Anthony’s (4 p.m.).
Today’s schedule for Maryland-New York Challenge
At St. Paul’s School for Girls
10 AM – SPSG vs West Geesee
12 PM – McDonogh vs Hauppauge
2 PM – Bryn Mawr vs Garden City
4 PM – John Carroll vs St. Anthony’s
Hauppauge 15, St. Paul’s SG 9
West Genesee 14, John Carroll 6
Bryn Mawr SG 15, St. Anthony’s 7
McDonogh School 20, Garden City 9