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2015-06-05 / Sports

Mount St. Mary wins MMAA girls lacrosse title

¦ MVP Macdonald helps Thunder bring back crown
by LEVI TRIMBLE
Reporter


Mount St. Mary’s Catie Meegan splits the Nardin defense in the Thunder’s 11-8 win over the Gators to win the Monsignmor Martin Athletic Association girls lacrosse championship May 29 at the Nichols School. 
photo by Levi TrimblePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Mount St. Mary’s Catie Meegan splits the Nardin defense in the Thunder’s 11-8 win over the Gators to win the Monsignmor Martin Athletic Association girls lacrosse championship May 29 at the Nichols School. photo by Levi TrimblePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com After back-to-back championship game losses, the Mount St. Mary Academy girls lacrosse team were ready to prove the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association championship belonged at the Mount.

Under the tutelage of first-year coach Jenny Grimm, they proved just that.

The Thunder, who completed a clean sweep of the MMAA season schedule, were paired against Nardin Academy for the championship game which took place at the Nichols School.

Nardin put up the toughest fight of the year against the Thunder, but ultimately fell short in a close, exciting 11-8 game.

“We knew it was going to be a great game and it was a great game for the players and coaches. We told them at a time out that this win would take everything in you. When you think you can’t go another yard but you haven’t even reached your potential yet,” said Grimm. “We knew they could kill that time and pull out that ‘W’, getting that championship back where it belongs, back at Mount St. Mary’s.”


Mount St. Mary’s Katie McCann starts her shot right before scoring a goal during the second half of the MMAA girls lacrosse championship Friday at the Nichols School. The Thunder defeated Nardin 11-8 to win the title. 
Photo by Levi TrimblePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Mount St. Mary’s Katie McCann starts her shot right before scoring a goal during the second half of the MMAA girls lacrosse championship Friday at the Nichols School. The Thunder defeated Nardin 11-8 to win the title. Photo by Levi TrimblePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Olivia Macdonald, a senior who will take her talents to St. Bonaventure University next year, scored four goals in the win, including the 11th goal that put the game out of the Gators’ reach.

“Mount has really been a home for the past four years. It meant a lot to get the title back. It has always been in the back of our minds since we lost. said Macdonald. “We just knew that we worked so hard to get here and we were in really good shape. You always have to give your best and play to get the last ball.”

Macdonald also thanked her coaches, saying it was their support that helped them achieve this goal.

Macdonald also added an assist.

After the game, Macdonald was awarded the most valuable player award for the MMAA.

Catie Meegan had a strong outing as the senior fought her way through checks and defense, speeding around defenders to score two goals and set up four assists.

Elise Kruez, who was the league MVP last season, scored twice, added an assist and had a strong game in transition.

On defense, it was Adrianna Durkin and goaltender Alyssa Abdenschein who made the game a winnable game.

Durkin was strong on her position and was great in transition, fielding six ground balls.

Abdneschein was the unsung hero, making 12 saves after facing one her highest shot goals of the season, 20.

“Our defense has been phenomenal all season. We have four or five really great defenders,” said Grimm. “Our goalie Alyssa saved this game for us a few times. We wouldn’t be in this position if she hadn’t made some saves, point blank.”

Molly Meegan had two goals for the Mount while Katie McCann scored one.

The game started off as a slow one for the Mount.

The Thunder scored the first goal thanks to Elise Kreuz but Nardin answered back then took a lead early in the first half, going up 2-1.

It wouldn’t be long though until a few timeouts lit a fire under the Mount as Grimm talked her team up and they ended up finishing the first half with a 6-3 lead.

Early in the second half, the Thunder defense stepped up to help increase the lead even more.

Kreuz made a big steal at midfield then found Macdonald who put the ball home for a goal.

However, the Gators fought back, scoring multiple goals to keep them right in the game..

With two minutes remaining, The Mount had lost their big lead and sat in front will a small two-goal margin.

Leading 10-8, The Mount got an extended possession in the offensive zone with Macdonald getting a chance on goal from just to the right.

The free shot went in and the game was sealed as the Thunder took an 11-8 lead with 46 seconds remaining.

The three goal lead was too much for the Gators to overcome.

A steal from the Thunder defense ended the one offensive chance they had and the Thunder threw their sticks and stormed the field to celebrate the return of what was once a Mount tradition, winning the MMAA title.

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