Even with her team down one, Good Counsel senior Caroline Peters was calm during halftime of Monday’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls’ lacrosse championship game.

The Falcons had trailed Bishop Ireton for much of a back-and-forth first half, but Peters knew her team had an extra gear for the second. Once play got back underway, the Falcons didn’t take long to shift into overdrive on their way to a 16-9 victory over the Cardinals and a ninth WCAC title in 10 years.

After scoring just four goals in the first half, Good Counsel outscored Bishop Ireton 12-3 in the second at the University of Maryland’s Ludwig Field. The Falcons were quick to step on the gas coming out of the halftime break, scoring four straight goals in the first 41 / 2 minutes.

“We went into halftime really wanting to come out and come strong like we do at Good Counsel. We just needed to separate ourselves,” Peters said. “We came together as a team this year and finished like we needed to.”

Good Counsel (17-3-1) got a jump start to its second-half run late in the first when junior midfielder Camaryn Kerns broke a three-goal Bishop Ireton run with a free position tally with a tenth of a second remaining.

“I thought I had to make it so going into halftime we had an extra push,” Kerns said. “We needed to get an extra goal before halftime so we didn’t have to catch up as much.”

Good Counsel junior Paige Graham was the top offensive contributor for the Falcons, scoring three goals and adding a pair of assists. Peters, the WCAC player of the year, chipped in with a hat trick of her own, as did junior Haley Giraldi.

Sophomore Kelly Mathews was the top scorer for Bishop Ireton (16-5) with three goals. The Cardinals will return all of their scorers from Monday night’s loss next season.

The win completed a dominant tournament run for the Falcons, who beat their quarterfinal and semifinal opponents by a combined 38 goals. The championship also put Good Counsel back atop the WCAC after a loss in the title game a year ago that snapped a 90-game conference winning streak.

“Last year was so devastating,” Kerns said. “We looked up to the girls in the past winning all those championships, and we need to make our own legacy. It’s really nice getting a championship of our own.”