Panthers top Concordia Prep, 8-7, in overtime for the IAAM C Lacrosse title


by Nelson Coffin

With 10 seconds left in regulation on a free position in a 7-7 tie against Concordia Prep in the IAAM C Conference lacrosse championship game, on Saturday at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg, St. Vincent Pallotti senior midfielder Quai Skeete Ridley chose the wrong place to shoot.

Saints freshman goalie Brooke Meyer adroitly turned away that shot near her feet, sending the game into overtime.

Pallotti’s Quai Skeete Ridley scored six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Panthers topped Concordia Prep, 8-7, for IAAM C title

And when Skeete Ridley earned a chance for redemption 11 seconds into the extra session, she didn’t make the same mistake twice.

Her second free position still went low, only it zipped past Meyer on her off-stick side to give the Panthers a thrilling 8-7 triumph on her game-high sixth goal of the game.

“I knew she (Meyer) was good low,” said Skeete Ridley, a Howard University commit who finished the season with 111 goals to tie the all-time single-season mark by a Panther. “I guess I was thinking too much.”

In OT, Skeete Ridley grabbed the ball off the draw and went headlong to the goal before being fouled.

Her goal completed a terrific comeback in which the Panthers finished the game on a 7-2 run.

Riding a 16-game winning streak entering the fray, Concordia Prep came out strong and bolted to a 5-1 advantage with just over eight minutes left in the first half.

Both squads felt worthy of being crowned champs, considering that they both finished at the top of their respective divisions — Pallotti in the Gold Division and the Saints in the Red Division.

Skeete Ridley gave Pallotti an early 1-0 advantage in the contest before Concordia Prep countered with a 5-0 run on two goals each by sophomore attacker Kelsey King and junior midfielder Sam Lassahn and one by senior attacker Sarah Franker.

Senior attacker Jayda Robertson and Skeete Ridley made it 5-3 before freshman attacker Madelaine Godat converted a feed from Sam Lassahn to give Concordia Prep a 6-3 halftime bulge.

In the second period, it was the Panthers’ turn to make a something good happen behind the fleet Skeete Ridley, who scored three goals and assisted on another in a 4-1 run that knotted the score at 7-7 with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

After that, the Saints held the ball in hopes of taking the last shot before Pallotti regained possession on a turnover.

That’s when Meyer came up big and stuffed Skeete Ridley, who had the last laugh a few moments later.

“We knew that they were going to try to stall it out and take the last shot,” Pallotti coach Mark Mozier said. “They did the same thing the last time we played, so we were prepared for it. We waited for them to make a mistake. We were very confident coming into the game.”

The Saints were the only team to limit the Panthers to under double-digit goals this season.

“They did well to hold us under 10 goals,” Mozier added.

IAAM C CONFERENCE LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
(AT GERSTELL ACADEMY)
ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI 8, CONCORDIA PREP 7
SVP 3 4 1 — 8
CP 6 1 0 — 7
Goals: SVP-Quai Skeete-Ridley 6, Ally Miller, Jayda Robertson; CP-Sam Lassahn 2, Kelsey King 3, Madelaine Godat, Sarah Franker,
Assists: SVP-Shaelyn Yermal, Quai Skeete Ridley; CP-Kelsey King, Sam Lassahn.
Saves: SVP-Alexandra Eubanks 5, Precious Onyenwe; CP-Brooke Meyer 3.