Catholic High captures first IAAM lax crown

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Morales leads way as Cubs top St. Timothy's in C finale (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS/INTERVIEWS HERE!!)

Catholic High started strong this season and never slowed down, a trend that continued in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference final against St. Timothy’s School in the Cubs’ thorough 11-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Archbishop Spalding's Whittles Field in Severn.

Coach Bo Morris’ top-seeded team was not to be denied becoming the first team in program history to claim a lacrosse championship, despite boasting a roster filled with freshmen and sophomores in prominent positions.

“We came up a little short two years ago,” Morris said about the 2015 squad that was undefeated before falling by a goal in the title game to Annapolis Area Christian School. “Our goalie and defense played really well today. We had very good combination of seniors and youthful exuberance this season.”

One of those sophomores, Sara Morales, was the team’s most viable offensive threat. The midfielder, who also takes draws for Catholic, scored five goals and assisted on another to lead the way.

“We just had a lot of plays that we used today,” Morales said.

To counterbalance the Cubs’ youth movement, steady senior goalie Rachel Sheubrooks was outstanding in the net with 13 saves.

Catholic (17-1, 14-0 conference) jetted off to a hot start, scoring six goals on just 12 shots to take a 6-2 advantage with under eight minutes remaining in the opening period.

Morales started the spree for the Cubs, notching two goals before St. Timothy’s (11-6, 9-5) drew even on back-to-back tallies by sophomore attacker Jen Holland and junior midfielder Isabel Klose.

Junior midfielder Mary Pat Cassidy started the Cubs’ 4-0 run with a goal, followed by scores by sophomore midfielder Olivia Tuck, Morales and Tuck again.

Klose finally broke the run for third-seeded St. Tim’s, but Morales and freshman attacker Lexi Grebeleski retaliated for Catholic, which rolled to an 8-3 halftime advantage.  

Meanwhile, Sheubrooks and seniors Shie Fleek and Lauren McDonough, junior Rebecca Perry and freshman Julie Le combined to keep St. Tim’s off the scoreboard for more than 29 minutes while Morales and senior attackers Kelly Martyn and Elizabeth Long scored to balloon the lead to 11-3 with four minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the game.

By that time, the Cubs were preparing to celebrate a first-ever crown.

“We just clicked today,” Sheubrooks said. “I couldn’t have made any saves without my defense.”

St. Tim’s managed two late goals by senior attacker Katie Harvey and another by Holland to conclude the scoring.

“We never really hit our rhythm in the game,” said St. Timothy’s coach Kara Carlin, who coached her final game at STS, as she has been appointed the new athletic director at Friends School, effective this summer. “We needed a little more teamwork today, but we played with heart and hustle right to the end.”

(at Archbishop Spalding)

STS  3   3  —  6
CAT  8   3  — 11
STS-Jen Holland 2, Katie Harvey 2, Isabel Klose 2; CAT-Sara Morales 5, Olivia Tuck 2, Mary Pat Cassidy, Kelly Martyn, Lexi Grebeleski, Elizabeth Long.
ASSISTS: STS-Anna Chiamulera; CAT-Sara Morales, Erika Gabrys 2.
SAVES: STS-Olivia Risser 10; CAT-Rachel Sheubrooks 13.

Last Updated (Monday, 15 May 2017 12:09)



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