By Chris Goldberg
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 7/5/12
Maggie Gallagher (C. Milton Wright rising junior) scored three goals to lead a balanced attack as Maryland toppled Pennsylvania and claimed the girls’ high school championship Tuesday at the Brine National Lacrosse classic at Boyds.
Maryland went 6-0 in the tourney to repeat as the champion. The team was coached by Severna Park’s Carin Peterson.
Also for Maryland, Maggie Kaulius (Archbishop Spalding rising junior), Cami Whiteford (Severn rising senior), Corinne Wood (lulaney rising senior), Caroline English (Fallston rising junior) and Aislinn Probst (Broadneck rising senior) each had two goals.
Maryland had reached the finals by edging Syracuse, 9-8, in the semis on an overtime goal by Severna Park rising senior Ryan Bethras.
“We played really well as a team,” said Gallagher. “We always pass and we were never selfish.”
The tourney featured eight elite regional teams, also from Long Island, New England, Washington D.C., Syracuse and the West. Pool play games were held Sunday and Monday. Regional tryouts were held to select the teams.
“At first weren’t sure of each other because we had never played together,” said Gallagher. “At the end we really came together, with communication.”
Also scoring once each Kathryn Cleland (Perryville rising senior) and Emily Castle (Annapolis rising senior).
“I heard about it (the tourney) from a friend who had a good time playing last year,” Gallagher said. “So I decided to give it a shot.”
The Maryland team also had to deal with blazing temperatures. It was close to 100 degrees Monday morning in the semifinal game and the squad had just 30 minutes to prepare for the title game.
“We rushed into the shade between games and the coaches subbed a lot at midfield,” Gallagher said. “It was a real team effort.”