As a forward on the Georgetown Visitation basketball team, Ana Hagerup is quick to utilize her spin move to create space in the post. The 6-foot sophomore has found the tactic works just as well on the lacrosse field.
With time winding down in overtime on Wednesday against top-ranked St. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, Hagerup did what came naturally and came up with a huge play.
The midfielder spun off a defender and fired a shot inside the right post with eight seconds remaining in the extra period to give the No. 2 Cubs a 12-11 victory in an Independent School League AA matchup in Alexandria. It was the first league loss for St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes since 1995.
“I wanted to win it so bad,” said Hagerup, who finished with three goals and three assists. “I ripped it as hard as I could and it went in.”
Hagerup’s goal finished off a game defined by momentum swings down the stretch. The Cubs appeared poised to celebrate the milestone victory in regulation after they scored seven unanswered goals midway through the second half to take a four-goal lead.
But St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (9-3, 1-1) surged back with four goals in a 1 minute 39 second span and tied it at 10 on senior Michele Phillips’s goal with 59 seconds left.
In overtime, the Saints scored in the first three-minute period and won the draw to start the second one, but junior Tess McEvoy forced a turnover and sophomore Kelly Myers tied it again with 59 seconds left. After winning the ensuing draw, Georgetown Visitation (11-1, 2-0) ran down the clock before Hagerup took charge and created the winning goal.
“All day we were really feeding off each other and reading what the defense was giving us,” Coach Aubrey Andre said. “That’s exactly what Ana’s goal was. That was our offense today.”
With eight players committed to play in college, Georgetown Visitation has had plenty of talent in recent seasons. But the Cubs fell to the Saints in each of the past two ISL AA tournament finals.
Andre joined the team this spring after spending the past four seasons as the junior varsity coach at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, and the results have been immediate.
The team landed its first signature victory when it knocked off perennial power Good Counsel last month. With a large student section on hand Wednesday to support the team on a dreary evening, the Cubs took an even bigger step forward.
“We didn’t let the name on their jersey scare us,” said senior Mary Grace Mooney, who had three goals and two assists. “We knew this was going to come down to the mental game, and we were more mentally prepared than we’ve ever been.”
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