By Carl Little and Dave Yanovitz
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The girls from St. Stephen's/St. Agnes smiled, hugged and posed for pictures around the small silver cup that marked their 15th straight Independent School League lacrosse championship yesterday, but none of them overflowed with emotion. The liveliness the top-ranked Saints showed during their 13-2 victory over No. 6 Bullis at Episcopal High School in Alexandria easily eclipsed any emotions shown during the postgame celebration.
The Saints (23-2) have been in a more sober state of mind since having their 60-game winning streak snapped last month. They suffered a one-goal loss to McDonogh of Baltimore, then lost at Notre Dame Prep, 13-11, on May 1.
"The coaches said we have this huge target on our backs since people figured, 'Oh, the Saints already lost two. We can beat them, too,' " said St. Stephen's/St. Agnes senior co-captain Charlotte Davis, who will play at Princeton. "We had to come out strong today."
The Saints, winners of 147 straight against ISL opponents, jumped all over Bullis from the opening draw. They used excellent spacing and crisp passes to score three goals in the game's first four minutes. They led 4-0 before Bullis's offense managed to cross midfield.
The Bulldogs (19-5), playing in their first ISL final, made good things happen when they finally got the ball. Senior Amanda Hechinger (Stanford) scored on Bullis's first shot attempt of the game -- it came with 1 minute 51 seconds remaining in the first half -- but didn't control it nearly often enough because of the Saints' patient offense and stifling defense.
Bullis trailed 8-1 at halftime.
"It was a rough day," said Bullis senior Dina Jackson (Georgetown), who scored her team's only other goal.
St. Stephen's/St. Agnes senior Kelly Austin had a game-high six goals, including five in the first half, and Davis added three more.
"It's sad and relieving," said Austin, who will play for Georgetown after spending kindergarten through 12th grade at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes. "Today was my last day of high school. I'm not ready to leave yet. I'm a lifer."Mount Hebron Cruises
Senior Ashley Bruns broke a 15-year-old school record, and No. 8 Mount Hebron made a triumphant return to the state tournament with a 22-4 victory over Reservoir in the 3A/2A South region final.
Bruns finished with six goals and five assists to break the single-season scoring mark of 94 goals set by Cathy Nelson Reese in 1994. Kerianne Allen added four goals.
"It was a lot of work," Bruns said. "You come out here not to break records. It just happens. You've got to first win the game before you do anything else."
Mount Hebron (15-3), Maryland's most decorated girls' lacrosse team (15 titles), is back in the state tournament after a one-year hiatus. The Vikings won 11 straight titles from 1997 to 2007. . . .
Jodi Cumberpatch scored three goals, and Chelsea Lanzoni added two as Annapolis advanced to the state tournament for the second consecutive season, beating Stephen Decatur, 7-5, in the 3A/2A East final. . . .
Senior Kathleen Barranco scored six goals, and senior Sam Farrell added four as two-time defending state champion Severna Park defeated South River, 12-7 in the 4A/3A East final. . . .
Tessa Petesh scored five goals, and Abby Biebes added three as Walter Johnson made an improbable run to the state tournament, handing top-seeded Churchill its first loss with a 12-10 triumph in the 4A/3A West final. . . .
Defending state champion Winters Mill denied Damascus its first state tournament berth with a 19-8 victory in the 3A/2A West final.