With about 10 minutes left in the first half of Wednesday’s game against No. 2 Georgetown Visitation, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes senior Carly Reed jogged to the sideline, her chagrin evident even before she peeled off her protective goggles.
The senior attacker had spent the game’s first 15 minutes relentlessly attacking the Cubs defense with limited success. Her bold moves on cage often had resulted in a turnover or a shot into the webbing of the goalkeeper’s stick.
Coach Kathy Jenkins opted to keep Reed out for the rest of the half, and the impromptu break turned out to be the motivation the 2012 All-Met Player of the Year needed to turn her performance around. She scored four of her game-high five goals and assisted on another after halftime as the top-ranked Saints pushed past rival Georgetown Visitation, 14-9, in an Independent School League AA contest in Northwest.
“I have trouble when I get frustrated,” said Reed, who leads the area with 63 goals in 13 games. “I just had to come out and take a breather and learn to fix my mistakes.”
St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes and Georgetown Visitation both entered the game with perfect records and ranked second and third, respectively, in U.S. Lacrosse’s national poll behind only McDonogh (Baltimore), which holds an 81-game winning streak.
Reed helped provide the separation in an evenly played game. The North Carolina recruit pushed her way to the front of the net and made it 7-6 with her goal 2 minutes 19 seconds into the second half, and St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (13-0) led the rest of the way.
The Saints scored four straight goals in the first five minutes after halftime, taking a 10-6 advantage when seniors Besser Dyson (goal, three asists) and Margaret Tucker Fogarty found the net 13 seconds apart.
As Georgetown Visitation (12-1) tired on a steamy afternoon, Reed took advantage with three more goals. She also set up the score that clinched the victory with 3:08 left, drawing two defenders to feed sophomore Ellie Majure for a wide-open shot.
“She gets so excited at the beginning of the game because she’s so competitive,” Jenkins said. “She just wants to get out there and play so hard, but we needed to settle it down. We were, I thought, playing frantic.”
A year ago, Georgetown Visitation stunned St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes in overtime during the regular season, but the Saints bounced back from their first conference loss since 1995 to beat the Cubs in the ISL-AA tournament final.
Georgetown Visitation, which got two goals and two assists from junior Kelly Myers, will try to return the favor this time around.
“We hit this game last year, and we peaked and then we went down,” said Georgetown Visitation Coach Aubrey Andre, formerly the junior varsity coach at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes. “Today was a stepping stone and a learning experience for us.”