By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/1/12
Two undefeated teams with visions of big post-seasons met Monday night when top-ranked McDonogh hosted Century in a key girls’ lacrosse matchup.
The host Eagles improved to 15-0 with a 15-8 victory. Both teams were satisfied as they look toward the playoffs as at least co-favorites in their respective classes.
Taylor Cummings had three goals and two assist for the Eagles, who completed their third straight undefeated regular season and search for their fourth straight IAAM championship. Samantha Burgess and Megan Whittle each added three goals.
Century entered the game as one of the top teams in the Maryland Public schools. They are 12-1 and close their regular season Thursday at Westminster and then gear for the 3A-2A tournament.
McDonogh, despite being ranked No. 1 all year long, has maintained its mental focus.
“We have to take it one step at a time, one game at a time and one practice at a time,” said Cummings. “We can’t look to far ahead and look to the championship so we are going to take this week and focus on our first opponent (in the playoffs). But we need to cherish the memories because they are going to be over soon.”
Century was led by Alice Mercer (four goals) and Angela Flister (two goals). Century coach Becky Groves felt that playing McDonogh showed the Knights some of the things they need to work on before the state playoffs.
“It’s better to have these games prior to playoffs,” she said. “You know what you are doing wrong, and you can learn from them the next couple weeks.
“No one has done this to us yet (referring to the loss) and it’s good to give us a gut check to say this is what we need to do and this is where we want to go.”
As usualy, McDonogh pressure defense was the key.
“We have focused on pressure this year,” said Mcdonogh defender Liz Bannantine, who is ranked in the ESPNHS Top 20 at her position. “You keep doubling the ball over the field, keep the pressure up and you keep their offense on their toes.”
Cummings 3g, 2a