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BE girls fall short in near upset of powerhouse J.L. Mann, 15-14
By Suzanne Detar
Apr 17, 2013 - 9:52:42 AM
|BE’s Cora Petyak scored the first of the Bishops final three goals in a period of 27 seconds in the last 38 seconds of the game. Petyak was fouled after the score, giving BE a free midfield position that led to two more quick goals but left them one goal short of forcing overtime, dropping the state championship match 15-14 to J.L. Mann.|
|The Lady Bishops celebrated their runner-up status after nearly upsetting 4A powerhouse J.L. Mann in the state championship, 15-14. During the regular season, the Bishops had lost twice to the Patriots by large margins, 17-9 and 16-3.|
There is no crying in Bishop England women’s lacrosse.
After a see-saw, thrill-packed game on Saturday, the Bishop England women’s lacrosse team confirmed about lacrosse what Tom Hank’s character demanded about baseball in the hit “A League of their Own.”
Despite a heartbreaking 15-14 loss on Saturday to the J.L. Mann Patriots in the state championship, the BE parent, coaches and players marveled at their near upset of the 4A powerhouse, who had handily defeated them the two previous times they played this season, 17-9 and 16-3 (due to the limited number of schools fielding teams, all teams, including 2A BE, play in one state division).
The Bishops jumped out to an unexpected 1-4 lead behind spirited play on defense and in the goal. But, midway through the first half, BE’s failure to control the draw, coupled with turnovers and defensive penalties, as well as the skillful play and speed of Meghan Lovine, turned the tides and the Patriots took a 5-8 lead into halftime.
Prior to the end of the first half, and continuing in the second half, the Bishops adjusted their draw strategy, moving Elena Bosco up to the circle to assist teammate Caitlin Greenho in an effort to control the draw. This strategy paid off and BE controlled 14 of the final 19 draws of the game. However, after scoring first in the second half, the Bishops gave up five straight scores to the Patriots, who extended their lead to 6-13 with 15:50 to play. Five of the Patriots second half scores, and three of their first half scores, came on free shots following defensive penalties by the Bishops.
But, in the final 38 seconds of the game the Bishops staged a furious comeback and confirmed that lacrosse is the fasted game on two feet, scoring three goals in a period of 27 seconds.
Four year starter, senior Cora Petyak, initiated the late comeback, shooting high over a rushing Patriot goalie, scoring and then holding her ground to take a defensive penalty after the score with 38 seconds left. As a result of the Patriot’s penalty, the Bishops got the ball back with a free position at midfield and Jordan Mitchell put the ball in goal 13 seconds later, closing the Patriots lead, 13-15. Just 14 seconds later BE’s draw strategy paid off again, as they controlled the ball and passed down field to Petyak, who lofted another high shot over J.L. Mann’s goalie, closing the gap to one with just 11.3 seconds remaining in the game.
On the final draw of the game, Greenho out-maneuvered the Patriots again to secure the ball but play never progressed past midfield and time expired with the Bishops just one goal short of forcing overtime and a potential championship upset.
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