Tight defense helps the North claim the 16th All-America Senior Girls Lacrosse Game

by Nelson Coffin

The Girls Senior All-Star Lacrosse Game was the swan song for a dozen local standouts who played for the South on Saturday evening at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field.

The game marked the last time the players would represent their high schools, albeit in a losing effort.

The North, playing tight defense, prevailed, 17-11, in the contest that featured the final prep appearances by attackers Caroline Godine (McDonogh), Jaclyn Marszal (Glenelg Country School) and Emily Peek (Notre Dame Prep); midfielders Finley Barger (NDP), Kori Edmondson (McDonogh), Kendall Steer (St. Paul’s School for Girls) and Maggie Weismen (Glenelg Country School); defenders Mae Marshall (NDP), Madison Beale (SPSG), Sydney Smith (McDonogh) and Olivia Rockstroh (NDP); and goalie Jocelyn Torres (Glenelg).

The South never seemed to mesh the way the North did, according to Weisman.

“We weren’t connecting as a team,” the University of Maryland commit said. “We were playing more as individuals than as a team. But the North was very quick to slide and they played end-to-end. They were very team oriented.”

While she acknowledged being irritated by her team’s struggles, she said that she was nonetheless thrilled with being selected among the top 44 players in the country.

“I’m just really proud to be recognized to be able to play in the game,” she said.

The South came out strong, building an early 3-0 advantage on goals by Darcy Felter (Wyndmoor, Pa./William Penn Charter) Edmondson and Kiley Mottice (Downingtown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll).

The lead was short-lived, however, as the North rattled off 12 of the next 13 goals and blanked the South for nearly 27 minutes in the process.

South coach Mary Gagnon said that her squad panicked a little after falling behind.

“We were forcing some things,” she said. “We’d make a big play and then give it right back to them. We cut the lead to 13 -8 but we didn’t finish some shots. And the North played great defense and their girls were great on the draw. But I’m proud of the way we played in the second half.”

Edmondson, who led the Eagles with 80 goals this season, tied Marissa White (West Chester, Pa./Agnes Irwin) for South scoring honors by rippling the net three times.

Marszal also scored for the South, Godine produced an assist and Torres recorded four saves while swiping a pass in a man-down situation that eventually resulted in a shorthanded goal for her team.

Pictured above: The victorious North team at the 2022 All-America Lacrosse Girls Game at Johns Hopkins Homewood Field.

(At Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field)

South All-Stars 4 0 3 4 — 11
North All-Stars 4 7 2 4 — 17

Goals: North- Peep Williams 4, Emma Murphy 4, Kaleigh Harden 2, Emma Muchnick 2, Rylee Bouvier, Dillyn Patten, Ceci Stein, Nikki Mennella, Gracie Britton; South-Kori Edmondson 3, Marissa White 3, Ava Beeson, Jaclyn Marsal, Kaitlyn Davies, Darcy Felter, Kiley Mottice.

Assists: North-Dillyn Patten 2, Rylee Bouvier 2, Shea Baker, Abbey Herod, Emma Muchnick, Abigail LoCasio, Nikki Mennella; South-Caroline Godine, Peyton Shreves, Carli Fleisher.

Saves: North-Francesca Argentieri 4, Shea Dolce 4; South-Jocelyn Torres 4, Lucy Pearson 11.