BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/12/15
Good Counsel coach Michael Haight said it was easy to appreciate winning the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship on Monday.
“We are super excited to bring the WCAC trophy back home,” said Haight after his 19-2 Falcons edged Academy of Holy Cross, 9-8, for the title Monday at College Park. “Holy Cross was an opponent that just wouldn’t quit.
“Our league has made so many great strides; between us, Holy Cross, and Bishop Ireton, it is great that all of those games are so highly competitive and we have all done well outside of the conference as well.”
Good Counsel’s title was no easy task. The Tartans (16-4) had emerged as one of the hottest teams in the country and reached the finals by defeating defending champion Bishop Ireton, 10-9.
Taylor McDaniels scored four goals and Alexis Rieu had three goals as the Falcons built a 9-6 lead late in the game. Holy Cross rallied with two goals by Logan Smet and Kerrina Fitzpatrick cut the deficit to 9-8 with 1:32 to play, but the Good Counsel defense held.
Good Counsel is ranked No. 5 in the STEPS Lacrosse North America Rankings. Holy Cross is No. 14 and Bishop Ireton is No. 16.
“Our team rallied so many times this year,” said Haight. “Although we weren’t trailing in the game besides 1-0, we battled the entire time with a pesky Holy Cross team.”
Good Counsel also posted wins this year of national powers St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and Summit (N.J.) and took on No. 1 McDonogh and No. 2 Manhasset (N.Y.)- causing Haight to compare this squad with any of his past powers.
“Finishing at 19-2 with the schedule we put together this year is a great accomplishment,” he said. “This mark matches the 2011 season record at 19-2 and is one win shy of our 20-3-1 record in 2006 but our schedule was a little more daunting in 2015 than 2006.
“The girls worked hard from August (in offseason workouts and training) all the way till Saturday (our last practice).”
Senior Fitzpatrick had two goals and one assist for Holy Cross and Smet and Kate Taylor each netted two goals. Delaney Muldoon and Michaela Lucas each scored once.
Gonzaga boys defeat St. Paul VI, 12-5 for 6th straight WCAC crown
Gonzaga, ranked No. 8 in the Epoch Lacrosse North America Rankings, defeated Paul VI, 12-5, for its sixth straight WCAC crown.
Timmy Monahan had five goals, and Luke Vassos added four assists while Avery Myers and Sam Offutt each scored twice while the defense led by Michael Borda and Ryan Finley was air-tight.
Paul VI finished 15-6.