True to its legacy as a border state, Maryland provided players for both sides in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic All-Star game at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday evening won by the South All-Stars,16-15.
While Kayla Wood (Catonsville) and Margaret Donovan (McDonogh) switched sides to play for the North All-Stars, a baker’s dozen of their fellow Maryland girls dotted the South All-Stars roster, including attackers Catie May (McDonogh) and Taylor McDaniels (Good Counsel), midfielders Grace Haus (Notre Dame Prep), Courtney Renehan (Glenelg), Keegan Barger (NDP), Andie Aldave (McDonogh), Grace Griffin (Liberty), Kylie Davis (Century), Shelby Harrison (St. Mary’s), and Samantha Fiedler (Garrison Forest) and defenders Brooke Robbins (Severn), Laurie Bracey (Centennial) and Halle Graham (Good Counsel).
In reality, Wood and Donovan were borrowed by the North for their defensive skills and both acquitted themselves well.
Donovan had three ground balls and forced a pair of turnovers while turning the ball over just once.
Wood had one caused turnover to her credit and, even more importantly, scored a goal on a free position to snap a 12-12 deadlock with 15 minutes left in regulation.
May, Aldave and the rest of the South girls also showed their ability by overcoming an 11-7 halftime deficit to pull out the win on the third goal of the game by MVP Charlotte North (Episcopal School, Dallas) after Aldave claimed a crucial draw in overtime.
Before that key play, May and Aldave where in the thick of the South’s 4-0 closing run over the final nine minutes to overcome a 15-12 deficit.
May assisted on consecutive goals by Ali Baiocco and Aldave to cut the lead to 15-14 with 6:33 remaining in regulation.
Aldave added an assist of her own to Liz Scott with 3:10 remaining to tie it for the South.
In OT, Aldave took control in the circle to give her team possession. North then did the rest when she cut hard to her left through the arc to put away the winner.
“We knew coming out we needed possession, obviously,” said Aldave, who is headed to Notre Dame. “We tried a couple of things (during the game) We wanted to get it away from traffic, and I got lucky on that. I just wanted to secure the ball and get it down to our attack so they could get a hold of the ball and get us a goal. But it was a total team effort coming back in the second half. We couldn’t ask for a better outcome for our last high school game.”
May finished with a goal and three assists while Aldave had a goal and two feeds. Renehan and McDaniels also contributed goals for the South.
The road back in the second half for the South was forged on getting back to the basics, May said.
“We just had to focus on the little things, like getting ground balls, finishing it up on attack, cleaning it up on defense by making slides tighter,” the Maryland commit said. “We just needed to come together as a team to show that we could do that. Winning’s fun always, especially when you have a bunch of girls coming together.”
Their proud high school coach, Chris Robinson, who has led the Eagles to nine consecutive IAAM A Conference titles, said that all three of the Eagles showed their competitive nature in the game.
“It’s typical of what they did during their careers at McDonogh,” he said.
With all of the talent from the Free State in the girls game, the boys game was conspicuous for its lack of Baltimore-area contributors.
St. Paul’s goalie Alex Rode was the only such player on the squad, and the Virginia commit was between the pipes for the second half of the North’s 18-16 win.
When Rode entered the game, his job was to stop the North’s onslaught that had produced a 13-7 advantage.
He did just that, limiting the North to five goals after making five saves for the South.
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