By Jenna Metcalf
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/20/14
VERO BEACH, Fla. – Two down, one to go.
The Eagles, atop the Brine/TopLaxRecruits North America Rankings, walloped Georgetown Visitation, 21-10, today to improve to 2-0 and increase their winning streak to 93.
On Friday night McDonogh faces perhaps its toughest game of the trip, meeting No. 7 Harriton, the defending Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champion.
Megan Whittle and Brindi Griffin each scored six goals today as McDonogh bolted to a 14-6 halftime lead and kept the pressure on in the second half.
“I think this was a really good confidence booster,” said Whittle. “Not only our starters, but everyone stepped up. We ended up putting the second team in and we just ran them.”
Added Griffin: “We played really hard for the whole 50 minutes. We all went out, worked together, and played really well.”
Does chasing the national record for consecutive wins (the Eagles are 10 away from the mark) have any importance?
“Honestly, we don’t really pay attention to the streak; we take it one game at a time,” said Whittle, a Maryland signee. “I’m not really worried about anything else outside, just practicing.”
“We have another game tomorrow so we’re going to practice in the morning and take it a game at a time,” added Griffin. “Then we get home and prepare for more games.
“It’s just all about focusing on the game at hand and playing to the best of our ability.”
Georgetown Visitation was coming off a heartbreaking 16-15 loss to Vero Beach Tuesday. The Tigers face Barron Collier (FL) on Friday.
Kelly Myers led GV with three goals while Ana Hagerup, Addie Zinser and Kirsten Swanson added two apiece. Maggie Jackson (Virginia commit, 2015) added one goal.
“I feel like against Vero we didn’t play the best game we could play (starter Kelly Myers was fouled out in second half), but we were able to play well as a team,” said Jackson. “Tonight wasn’t our best performance, but we fought hard.”
Jackson said playing a team like McDonogh will only help in the long run.
“We had nothing to lose playing McDonogh,” she said. “They have an awesome win streak and they’re number 1 in the nation. They’re a great team so we took this as a learning experience for all the great teams we have to play in the future. I think we’re excited for tomorrow’s game and to see what the rest of the season has to offer.
McDonogh School 21, Georgetown Visitation 10
Georgetown Vis. 6-4- 10
Megan Whittle – 6 goals
Brindi Griffin – 6 goals
Elizabeth George – 3 goals
Olivia Jenner 1 goal
Smith – 1 goal
McCoy – 1 goal
Aldave – 1 goal
Alecca – 1 goal
Kelsey Cummings – 1 goal
Kelly Myers – 3 goals
Ana Hagerup – 2 goals
Addie Zinser – 2 goals
Kirsten Swanson – 2 goals
Maggie Jackson – 1 goal