By Jenna Metcalf
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/21/14
The Eagles, playing their third Top 20 team in three days, broke open a tight game and then coasted past defending Pennsylvania state champion, 18-8, tonight at Vero Beach’s Indian River Lacrosse Field.
McDonogh, ranked No. 1 in the by Brine/TopLaxRecruits rankings, swept its three-game opening and extended its win streak to 94. The Eagles also defeated No. 12 Vero Beach (12-8) and No, 17 Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 21-10.
McDonogh now stands nine wins for the national record of consecutive victories (103) set by Lock Raven (MD) in the 1970s-80s and Mt. Hebron (MD), from 2001-07.
The Eagles showed incredible depth as they outscored the Rams, 11-2 over the final 30 minutes.
Megan Whittle led the attack with four goals and an assist and Olivia Jenner and Brindi Griffin each had three goals. Kelsey Cummings had two goals and two assists while
Miranda McCoy, Savannah Buchanon and Andie Aldave each scored twice. Elizabeth George had three assists.
Katie Melvin scored five goals for Harriton.
“We woke up this morning coming off a big win and we had to focus again,” Whittle said. “We went into it not knowing as much about the team as we did for Vero and Visitation, but it worked out.”
“We brought so much intensity and I think knowing it was our last game of the trip we just wanted to go out and play our hardest,” added George. “I think we did that.”
Possession was the key. McDonogh won 21 of 26 draws.
McDonogh can now focus on trying to win its sixth straight IAAM championship.
“It was definitely a lot of fun and a big success,” said Whittle. “We got our first-game jitters out of the way and built confidence from each game after that.
“I thought we brought the same intensity every day both at practice and just as much in the games. I’m really proud of the way we played.”
Added George: “It sets a great tone for the season and I think now we’re really confident going into it.”
Harriton players were disappointed in the second-half performance after a strong first half.
“I think we played well as a team in the first half,” said Melvin.”In the second, we kind of broke down a little bit.”
Added Sabrina Tobasso (one goal): “I think we played well the first half and then lost our composure early in the second half. We weren’t making passes and winning draw controls.”
How do you feel going into Saturday’s 5 p.m. game against Vero Beach?
“It’s a must-win,” Melvin said. “We feel good about it, we’re still the same team we were before.”
“It’s a totally new day, totally new game. It’s a very different team.”
McDonogh 18, Harriton 8
McDonogh 10-8- 18
Harriton 6-2- 8
Megan Whittle – 4 goals, 1 assist
Kelsey Cummings – 2 goals, 2 assists
Brindi Griffin – 3 goals
Elizabeth George – 3 assists
Olivia Jenner – 3 goals
Miranda McCoy – 2 goals
Savannah Buchanon – 2 goals
Andie Aldave – 2 goals
Katie Melvin – 5 goals
Alex Ladda – 1 goal
Sabrina Tabasso – 1 goal
Laura Lasprogata – 1 goal