DC Metro Wins Onondaga Flight at National Tournament
|Kelly Myers won the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the top player in the Schoolgirls Division at the US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament. Myers had three goals to help DC Metro to the championship. She's pictured with Sean Albert and Gene Albert.|
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Olivia Mikkelsen scored with just 38 seconds remaining to lead DC Metro 1 to an 8-7 victory over Long Island Metro 1 in the championship game of the Onondaga Division at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, presented by Harrow Sports and the HLA Foundation.
Long Island took a 7-5 lead with 18:36 remaining in the game on Kyle Ohlmiller’s third goal of the game and goalie Samantha Giacolone looked like she was going to make that lead stand up. Giacolone made four point-blank saves in the second half, but DC Metro finally broke through on a goal by Charlotte Sofield with 11:20 left to cut the lead to 7-6.
Kelly Myers continued the rally for DC Metro tying the game with 4:08 to play on her third goal of the game. DC Metro then had a long possession before Mikkelsen’s go-ahead goal. Following that goal, Long Island won the draw, but a pass inside deflected off a Long Island player’s stick with 10 seconds to play and DC ran out the clock for the victory.
The victory was the first for the DC region since the tournament switched formats in 2009. The larger Mid Atlantic region, which included both the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metro areas, had won seven of eight championships before the switch.
“It’s really exciting because everyone thinks of us as not as strong an area,” said DC Metro coach Kathy Jenkins. “This is a great group of girls. I thought they came out here and played hard. I thought they played really well together.”
One player who stood out was Myers, who was named the winner of the Heather Leigh Albert Award following the championship game. The award has been presented to the top player in the Schoolgirls’ Division since 1994. Past recipients include former U.S. World Cup team players Lauren Aumiller and Katie Chrest.
“I was so excited,” said Myers, a junior at Georgetown Visitation that has committed to Stanford. “I had no idea. My face was just in utter shock.”
The other finalists for the award were: Samantha Apuzzo (Long Island Metro/West Babylon HS), Shelby Fredericks (Long Island Metro/Babylon Junior), Jennifer Giles (Baltimore Metro/Mt. Hebron HS), Kenzie Kent (Lower New England/Nobles), Marie McCool (New Jersey South/Moorestown HS), Kylie Ohlmiller (Long Island Metro/Islip HS), Nikki Ortega(Long Island Metro/Centereach HS), and Corinne Wessels (DC Metro/Osbourn Park HS).
Myers’ three goals led DC Metro in the championship game and Elle Majure added two. Ohlmiller led Long Island with three goals and Shelby Fredericks had two.
The Onondaga was one of seven flights in the Schoolgirls Division.
In the Seneca Division, Long Island Metro 3 defeated Lower New England 3 by an 11-7 score. Allison Kennedy, Nicole Levy, Haley O’Hanlon and Sarah Phillips all had two goals for Long Island. Weezie Gross and Rachel Hardej each had two goals for Lower New England.
In the Oneida Division, Lindsey Reynolds scored with just 34 seconds left to lift New Hampshire/Vermont 1 to a 12-11 victory over Colorado 1. Mickenzie Larivee led NH/VT with three goals. Kendra Lanuza led Colorado with three goals.
In the Tuscarora Division, North Carolina 1 held Lower New England 5 to just one second half goal in a 9-8 win. Natalie Wallon scored the game-winning goal with just 29 seconds left to complete the comeback. Shelby Scanlin led North Carolina with five goals. Krissy Schafer led Lower New England with four goals.
In the Mohawk Division, Washington State defeated New Hampshire/Vermont 2 by a 9-6 count. Katie Bucy led Washington with three goals while Jesse Jay and Hannah Seibel each had three goals for NH/VT.
In the Cayuga Division, Kara Marth scored the game-winner with 1:53 left in overtime to lead Southern Ohio past Central Pennsylvania 10-9. Marth finished the game with three goals and had also tied the game with 2:45 left in regulation to force overtime. Kelly Daggett led Central Pennsylvania with three goals.
In the Iroquois Division, Madeline Prescott and Chandler McCamey each scored three goals to lead Georgia 2 to a 13-4 victory over Colorado 2. Camryn Chisholm led Colorado with three goals.
In the Seniors’ Only Division, Bairre Reilly scored the game-winning goal with one second left in overtime to lead Forest to a 15-14 victory over Navy. Reilly, from Locust Valley (N.Y.) High School and a Maryland recruit, won the Beth Stone Award as the top player in the Seniors’ Only Division. Reilly had four goals in the game, including three of her team’s last four goals of the game. Macy Scott scored five goals for Forest.
Championship Game Scores
Onondaga – DC Metro 1 d. Long Island Metro 1, 8-7
Seneca – Long Island Metro 3 d. Lower New England 3, 11-7
Oneida – New Hampshire/Vermont 1 d. Colorado 1, 12-11
Tuscarora – North Carolina 1 d. Lower New England 5, 9-8
Mohawk – Washington State d. New Hampshire/Vermont 2, 9-6
Cayuga – Southern Ohio d. Central Pennsylvania, 10-9 (OT)
Iroquois – Georgia 2 d. Colorado 2, 13-4
Seniors Only – Forest d. Navy 15-14 (OT)
Seniors Only All-Tournament Team
Taylor Bleistein, Forest
Meghan Cobb, Maroon
Grace Collins, Navy
Sophie dePhilly, Maroon
Jules D’Orazio, Navy
Dominique Dotson, Forest
Tess Drotar, Red
Olivia Gannon, Navy
Paige Jenkins, Red
Abby Junior, Navy
Sophie McCoy, Maroon
Christine Palmeri, Red
Shannon Quinn, Navy
Bairre Reilly, Forest
Mary Scott, Forest