Storm Suspends Day 1 of Champion Girls' All-American Showcase
|Rebecca Hetrick scored one goal
for Spirit before lightning halted play at halftime of both games
on the first day of the Champion All-American Showcase, a US
Lacrosse event, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. A Villanova recruit
from Trinity Episcopal (Va.), Hetrick is one of nearly 100 US
Lacrosse High School All-Americans competing for three days at the
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Olivia Hompe and Kelsey Murray scored two goals apiece to lead Spirit to a 9-2 halftime lead over Freedom on the first day of US Lacrosse's Champion All-American Showcase, but it was Mother Nature who asserted herself the most at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Sunday.
Both that game, and the other opener that saw Pride assume an 8-5 lead over Liberty, made it to halftime before a thunderstorm rolled in and suspended play. The storm continued for more than one hour, and officials announced that the second halves of the games will resume at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, following previously scheduled games at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Prior to the thunderstorm, Spirit unleashed a bit of a barrage of its own in this annual event that features nearly 100 US Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Following a 1-1 tie, Spirit scored the next five goals to assume command. Katherine Smith tallied unassisted with 10:28 left in the half to make it 4-1, and she fed Hompe to make it 6-1 with 4:31 left. Mollie Stevens scored both of Freedom's goals, the second coming on a free position with 2:17 to play to make it 6-2, but Spirit, up a player, scored the final three goals of the half. Hompe fed Allison Dudley for the final marker.
Smith is a rising senior at Green Hope (N.C.) High and is Bucknell recruit. Hompe (2g, 1a) just graduated from New Canaan (Conn.) and will enroll at Princeton in the fall. Stevens, from Queen Anne's County High on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is bound for Florida.
Spirit goalie Jennifer Blum, a Euless, Texas, native bound for Notre Dame, and Freedom goalie Jenna Stover, from Lansdale, Pa., each made five saves.
In the other game, Liberty's Annie Ruland scored just 30 seconds into the game, but Pride quickly took control by scoring the game's next four goals. Pride took its biggest lead at 7-2 with 10:07 left in the half on a goal by Kitty Morrissey, but Liberty scored three of the final four goals of the half to cut Pride's lead to 8-5 at the half.
Dartmouth recruit Kelly Dolan scored three goals to lead Pride's offense and Morrissey (Duke) had a goal and an assist. Elizabeth O'Sullivan (Notre Dame) played the first half in goal for Pride and made four saves.
Ruland, a Southern Cal recruit featured in the August issue of Lacrosse Magazine, had two goals to lead Liberty and Madison Crutchfield (Duke) had a goal and two assists -- both assists coming on fast-break goals to Ruland off the draw. Liberty goalie Katrina Reeves (San Diego State) made five saves.
The event resumes at 8 a.m. Monday with Spirit taking on Pride and Liberty battling Freedom.