McDonogh versus Bryn Mawr. Two 4-0 girls lacrosse teams. Only one could be victorious.
Senior midfielder Kemper Robinson scored two early goals and junior midfielder Kori Edmondson finished off the Mawrtians with three of her own to lift the host Eagles to a 10-6 win on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.
“It was awesome. We definitely had a tough week at practice, so we we’re just all ready to get out on the field,” Robinson said. “I think one of the main things that we focused on this week was coming out with big energy and starting strong. That was what we were most focused on today. Being able to start that off felt really good for the team and I think that it set the tempo for the team.”
The Eagles (5-0, 5-0 IAAM A Conference) entered the game as the No. 1 team in the country in the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ National Top 25, having won 223 of its past 224 games. It’s all part of the culture coach Taylor Cummings grew up with, having won four consecutive IAAM A Conference championships during her playing career at McDonogh, including three consecutive undefeated seasons (2010 to 2012).
Even within the context of a preseason that was hindered by COVID-19 restrictions, Cummings has high expectations for her national powerhouse.
“I give a lot of credit to the players because with having a really short preseason, they had to learn a lot really fast,” said Cummings, a three-time Tewaaraton Award winner at Maryland. “It requires a lot of time outside of practice to make sure that you’re understanding our concepts and being able to execute in practice and in games. So, I’m just super proud of them. It’s a lot — a lot of credit goes to them because they’re putting in the work outside of practice to get things done.”
McDonogh set its opponents’ net ablaze to start the game with back-to-back goals by Robinson to take a 2-0 lead. Though Bryn Mawr called a timeout to slow things down at the 16:17 mark, McDonogh sophomore attack Makena London scored with 13:30 remaining to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. Then, Edmondson scored her first goal with 13:21 left in the half to take a 4-0 advantage.
Sophomore midfielder Reese Woodworth scored the Mawrtians’ first goal with 12:16 left and Shayna Brodman scored with 9:05 remaining to cut McDonogh’s lead to 4-2. Woodworth scored her second goal with 4:56 to go to trim the deficit to 4-3 at halftime.
The Eagles turned on the jets in the second half with junior attacker Caroline Godine scoring a goal in the opening minute off of an assist by first-year midfielder Amanda Lawson. Bryn Mawr struck back with a goal by senior midfielder Adair Martin to trail 5-4 with 22:30 remaining. Godine answered the call for McDonogh to score at the 17:54 mark, but Bryn Mawr senior attack Charlotte Smith pulled her team back within one, 6-5, with just 9:23 left.
Edmondson scored a flurry of goals in less than a minute, the last coming with 7:04 remaining, to put McDonogh ahead 8-5. London added her second goal with 4:42 left and junior midfielder Hannah Shiels capped off the Eagles’ scoring with one final goal at the 3:24 mark.
While Smith scored for Bryn Mawr with 2:45 to go, it was not enough to complete the comeback as McDonogh came away with the 10-6 victory.
Bryn Mawr entered the game with high hopes for the season and its expectations will not waver despite the loss. Coach Brooke Shriver’s team features 11 seniors and has a host of young players on the defensive end that made an impact Wednesday.
Using the experience going forward, Shriver expects her team to respond in kind.
“Every game in this conference is a fight, which is a good thing,” Shriver said. “We’re just thankful to have a season and have so many opportunities. We’re going to get back at it. We have practice tomorrow and we’re already planning to have a competition day. Just get back at it and compete in everything that we’re doing and that’s how we’re going to get back on the horse.”
McDonogh plays at Spalding next Wednesday at 4 p.m., while Bryn Mawr will take on visiting Garrison Forest on Wednesday at 4 p.m.