2017 IAAM B CONFERENCE LACROSSE CHAMPIONS
Fueled by a talented junior class and one very talented sophomore, the Mercy High lacrosse team made its third consecutive trip to the IAAM B Conference lacrosse championship game, Saturday evening, and the third time proved to be a charm, as the Magic defeated Friends School, 14-7, at Archbishop Spalding High School.
Sophomore Ada Clare Tempert turned in a dominant performance, scoring six goals and adding an assist for Mercy, while junior Kaitlyn Kozlowski netted a hat-trick and did an outstanding job on the draws. In addition, freshman Baily Krahl scored three times in the victory and junior Katie Yeagle scored twice.
Krahl and Tempert each scored free position goals in the first four minutes of the contest, to give the Magic (12-2) a quick 2-0 lead, but Friends stormed back.
Charessa Crosse got the Quakers on the board with an unassisted tally, at the 18:12 mark, as she wielded around the crease, left to right, and bounced home a shot. Crosse scored again, on a free position, at 10:19, and, just 16 seconds later, Irene Lunt fed Alex Miceli in front for a score and a 3-2 Friends lead.
Unfortunately for the Quakers (9-6), it would prove to be their only lead of the contest.
From that point forward, Tempert and the Magic dominated.
Tempert helped the Magic pull even with an assist to Kozlowski, at 6:22, and pushed Mercy in front, 4-3, with a fast-break score nine seconds later. Kozlowski scored again, at 5:26, before Tempert netted three more unassisted scores to close the half with a commanding 8-3 lead.
Tempert, who missed both regular season meetings with Friends, felt the Magic was primed for a big performance on Saturday.
“Us, all back together, I didn’t really think they had it coming for them,” said Tempert. “As a team, we were all prepared. It was a team effort and we all moved the ball the way we could. We played our game.”
The Magic scored three of the first four goals of the second half to build an 11-4 lead and end any serious doubt about the outcome.
“When we play Friends, it’s always a good competition,” said Kozlowski. “We’ve always had the place that if we fall behind, we’re going to keep going. Something blips in our mind and we try to figure it out and come out on top.”
Although she has only suffered one title game loss with the team, Tempert said it was important for the team to get this victory.
“This is my second championship (game). The first one was devastating,” said Tempert. “I didn’t have it as hard as the upper classmen because they played in the one before. This year we came walking in; third time is a charm. Everyone came together today.”
Mercy coach Brian Casserly is in his third year with the team and has overseen the team’s rise towards this championship. He expected a tough challenge from the Quakers.
“I thought we came out and looked pretty good in the beginning,” said Casserly. “We knew Friends was going to come with a counter punch. We absorbed it. It was a little looser than we wanted, but our kids cleaned it up. Ada Clare really stepped it up. Kaitlyn won a bunch of draws.”
Crosse scored three times to lead Friends, while Carli Freeman netted two goals and Miceli and Lunt had one each.
It was the second IAAM B title in Mercy history, with the last one coming in 2011.
IAAM B CONFERENCE LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
(at Archbishop Spalding)
MERCY 14, FRIENDS SCHOOL 7
F 3 4 — 7
M 8 6 — 14
GOALS: F-Crosse 3, Freeman 2, Miceli 1, Lunt 1; M-Tempert 6, Kt. Kozlowski 3, Krahl 3, Yeagle 2.
ASSISTS: F-Lunt 1; M-Tempert 1, Krahl 1.
SAVES: F-Wilson 1; M-Shay 4.
Last Updated (Monday, 15 May 2017 11:22)