Girls’ lacrosse: Georgetown Visitation cruises past top-ranked Good Counsel

March 29, 2012

First-year Georgetown Visitation girls’ lacrosse Coach Aubrey Andre has spent much of the first month of the season teaching and preaching incremental progress. After four seasons as the junior varsity coach at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, Andre brought fresh offensive and defensive schemes — and a new set of assistant coaches — when she arrived at Visitation.

The No. 4 Cubs showed how much they have learned in a short time on Thursday afternoon in a surprisingly comfortable 16-7 win over top-ranked Good Counsel. Behind five goals and two assists from junior Tess McEvoy, Andre’s squad seized control from the start to make an emphatic early-season statement in its home opener.

“It was such a fun game,” McEvoy said. “At the end, we said, ‘This is the most fun we’ve ever had playing together,’ because it’s so great when you get going like that.”

McEvoy set the tone with two goals before the Falcons ever gained possession. Georgetown Visitation (5-0) won the game’s first two draws and the Yale recruit finished both chances — the second coming on a perfect feed from senior Mary Grace Mooney (two goals, three assists).

The Cubs were just getting started. They scored eight of the game’s first nine goals and ended up with more first-half goals (10) than Good Counsel managed shots (six).

Good Counsel (3-1) cut the lead to five early in the second half but never mustered much of a comeback threat in its first loss to a Washington-area team since falling to Severn, 14-11, on April 16, 2008.

The Falcons, who are breaking in seven new starters this season, had breezed through their first three games this season but struggled Thursday to match Georgetown Visitation’s pace. Senior Tori Cerny led Good Counsel with two goals.

“Hopefully, it toughens up our shell a little bit,” Coach Michael Haight said. “You learn what your weaknesses are and hopefully get stronger from there.”

Georgetown Visitation had road wins already this season over a pair of top Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams in Bishop Ireton and Holy Cross, but they saved their best effort of the season for the eight-time defending WCAC champions. Andre, who replaced Emma Wallace — now an assistant at University of California-Berkeley — was not surprised that her team rose to its biggest test of the season.

“It’s taken a lot of trial and error to see what works,” Andre said, “There’s been a big learning curve, and I think they finally completed it by the time they showed up today.”

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