follow us on...

No. 1 @McDonogh finishes 7th straight IAAM title, 6th consecutive undefeated season with comeback win

Sunday, 10th May 2015

Categories Girl's/Women's, High school  
 

By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/10/15

Andie Aldave scored with 4.9 seconds left to give McDonogh School an incredible 15-14 victory today over Roland Park Country School to extend one of high school sports’ most amazing streaks at Gerstell Academy.

McDonogh celebrates its 7th straight IAAM championship

McDonogh celebrates its 7th straight IAAM championship

The Eagles closed a 21-0 season and won their seventh straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) girls’ lacrosse championship and claimed their 133rd consecutive victory. They have finished six straight perfect seasons and will close as the No. 1 team in the STEPS Lacrosse North America Rankings, and every other national poll.

And as they have done in recent years, they had to come from behind. Roland Park (12-6) held a 12-8 lead with 14:39 to play when McDonogh went on one of its patented runs.

The Eagles ran off five straight tallies in six and a half minutes, the last by Julia Hoffman (three goals) to out McDonogh up 13-12 with 8:04 left. But the Reds tied it once and then again, 14-14, on a free position goal by Cameron McGee with 23 seconds left.

But McDonogh won the draw and Olivia Jenner (four goals) drew the defenders, and dished it to Kelsey Cummings (three goals, one assist) who fed Aldave, a sophomore, for the go-ahead goal – and another year for lacrosse fans to ask when the Eagles will lose again.

“It’s pretty surreal,” said Aldave. “We, as a team, went with every bit of our hearts. Down four, 12-8, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. The senior class has been leading us this whole season.”

How did she score the winning goal?

“I saw Kelsey with the ball and I was standing wide open in the middle,” she said. “I was just there. I honestly couldn’t tell you what went through my head when I got it. I just shot it and it went in.

“Obviously, the pressure was on, but this team especially does well under pressure. Today we showed how well we can handle the pressure.”

McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said the win was “the most emotional and biggest seesaw of emotions. So many kids made huge plays. It’s a huge team win. It’s awesome to come back from 12-8 is pretty awesome.”

Robinson said the Eagles did not panic after Roland Park tied the game, 14-14.

“We didn’t want to force something dumb,” said Robinson. “We wanted to get a good shot and we tried to drive and I guess two passes after that we got (Aldave) wide open on the crease.

“The kids came through under pressure we have been pressured so much. Everybody wants to beat us. It IS us against the world and the kids keep coming through. It is amazing.”

Robinson had nothing but praise for Roland Park, which also gave the Eagles a big scare in last year’s final before falling, 16-13.

“Roland Park is a very talented team and a veteran team. They have been on the cusp of it the past couple years and haven’t been able to beat us. I congratulate them on a great game. They certainly brought it today and they deserved to win the game just as much as we deserved to win. It’s a shame anybody had to lose i,t but I am glad to be on the winning side.”

Cummings, who is headed to Maryland to play with her sister, Taylor, had trouble controlling her emotions while explaining the winning goal.

“Andie was jumping up in the middle so I threw it in there and thank God she caught it,” Cummings said. “It was mind blowing.”

Francesca Whitehurst had three goals for the Reds and Jenna James had two goals and two assists.

Roland Park co-coach Kristin Nicolini said her team may not have a championship, but clearly deserves one.

“We just told them that there’s definitely not going to be a championship plaque, but that we won a championship in our hearts, no matter what the scoreboard said.

“To get here twice and give them a run two years in a row says a lot.”

Nicolini said McDonogh took back the momentum late by winning the draws. McDonogh won 19 of the 31 draws.

“In this game draws are everything and having possession is the key to maintaining a lead or giving up a lead,” she said.

“Our girls did not give up once. I think that speaks to them. They fought for 50 minutes, and it’s indicative of the type of program we have.”

Roland Park Country (12-6, 8-3 IAAM “A”) 9 5 -14
McDonogh (21-0, 11-0 IAAM “A”) 7 8 -15

SCORING SUMMARY
— 1st —
McDonogh 23:55 Olivia Jenner (unassisted) 0 1
Roland Park Country 20:10 Francesca Whitehurst (Free position shot) 1 1
Roland Park Country 18:16 Jenna Baverman (Free position shot) 2 1
McDonogh 17:31 Blair Kessler (Brindi Griffin ) 2 2
Roland Park Country 16:44 Chelsea Kovinsky (Free position shot) 3 2
McDonogh 15:38 Savannah Buchanan (unassisted) 3 3
McDonogh 14:11 Julia Hoffman (unassisted) 3 4
McDonogh 12:11 Brindi Griffin (unassisted) 3 5
McDonogh 11:39 Olivia Jenner (Elizabeth George ) 3 6
Roland Park Country 09:21 Francesca Whitehurst (Free position shot) 4 6
Roland Park Country 07:48 UP – Anna Hauser (Cameron McGee ) 5 6
Roland Park Country 07:21 Anna Hauser (Jenna Janes ) 6 6
Roland Park Country 05:01 Jenna Janes (Sophie Furlong ) 7 6
Roland Park Country 03:48 Marsie Salvatori (Free position shot) 8 6
McDonogh 03:14 Olivia Jenner (Savannah Buchanan ) 8 7
Roland Park Country 01:42 Allison Kuhn (Free position shot) 9 7

— 2nd —
McDonogh 21:04 Olivia Jenner (Free position shot) 9 8
Roland Park Country 17:17 Chelsea Kovinsky (Jenna Janes ) 10 8
Roland Park Country 16:04 Francesca Whitehurst (Free position shot) 11 8
Roland Park Country 14:39 Katie Clements (Free position shot) 12 8
McDonogh 13:06 Julia Hoffman (unassisted) 12 9
McDonogh 10:13 Kelsey Cummings (Free position shot) 12 10
McDonogh 09:21 Kelsey Cummings (Free position shot) 12 11
McDonogh 09:12 Kelsey Cummings (unassisted) 12 12
McDonogh 08:04 Julia Hoffman (unassisted) 12 13
Roland Park Country 06:36 Jenna Janes (Free position shot) 13 13
McDonogh 05:12 Brindi Griffin (unassisted) 13 14
Roland Park Country 00:23 Cameron McGee (Free position shot) 14 14
McDonogh 00:05 Andi Aldave’ (Kelsey Cummings ) 14 15

Roland Park

# PLAYER POS G A SH SOG GB DC T/O CT
12 Allison Kuhn N/A 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
13 Jenna Janes * N/A 2 2 3 3 0 0 2 0
14 Hailey Kovinsky N/A 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
15 Marsie Salvatori * N/A 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 0
22 Chelsea Kovinsky * N/A 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0
24 Cameron McGee * N/A 1 1 2 1 0 0 3 0
25 Mary Diffenderfer * N/A 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
26 Jenna Baverman * N/A 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 2
31 Sophie Furlong * N/A 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
32 Katie Clements N/A 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
34 Megan Lynch * N/A 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
35 Liz Schlerf * N/A 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
36 Anna Hauser * N/A 2 0 2 2 0 7 1 0
42 Francesca Whitehurst * N/A 3 0 4 4 2 4 0 0
45 Riley Brager * N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 14 4 20 19 9 12 7 5
# GOALIES GA Min SV SH
45 Riley Brager (L, L) 15 50:00 5 20

McDonogh

# PLAYER POS G A SH SOG GB DC T/O CT
4 Blair Kessler * N/A 1 0 3 2 0 1 1 0
6 Avery Hoelting N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Sophie Alecce * N/A 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
9 Savannah Buchanan * N/A 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 0
10 Kelsey Cummings * N/A 3 1 4 4 0 0 0 0
11 Brindi Griffin * N/A 2 1 3 2 1 0 0 0
12 Julia Hoffman N/A 3 0 4 3 0 0 0 0
14 Olivia Jenner * N/A 4 0 6 5 1 10 3 0
15 Sarah Dohler * N/A 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
16 Nicole Alecce * N/A 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
17 Maddie Jenner N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Elizabeth George * N/A 0 1 1 1 2 4 3 1
21 Andi Aldave’ * N/A 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
22 Caroline Lewis * N/A 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
24 Anie Cohen N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 Gabbe Cadoux * N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TM TEAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 15 4 24 20 8 19 8 2
# GOALIES GA Min SV SH
36 Gabbe Cadoux (W, W) 14 50:00 5 19

Tags: ,


READERS COMMENTS (0)




Latest Headlines