A month after school was released for the summer, Archbishop Carroll’s girls’ lacrosse team revived it once again at the Girls National High School Lacrosse Showcase (NHSLS) in Columbia, Maryland this week. With five games in two games, the Patriots finally ran out in the Finals, surrendering the title to Stone Ridge (MD) in a devastating 9-8 overtime loss.
Archbishop Carroll had already made history with his 26-0 record and state title this season. The Patriots finished the season ranked 19th among all high school programs nationwide according to Inside Lacrosse. They are the only Pennsylvania team to make the top 25. At NHSLS, they had a chance to prove they are one of the best programs in the nation and show off potential recruits to college scouts.
Of the eight teams invited to the showcase, Archbishop Carroll was joined only by Agnes Irwin School to represent Pennsylvania. There were also five teams from Maryland and one from Texas to round out the field.
The Patriots swept all three games in the pool round to advance to the four-team playoff bracket. They were the only non-Maryland team to do so.
Advancing with a 9-5 victory in the semi-finals, Archbishop Carroll faced his toughest opponent yet: Stone Ridge. The private school just outside of Washington, DC is known for its athletics with alumni like Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky.
The teams traded goals for most of the match, with the lead never exceeding two goals. The score was tied at six, seven and eight in the fourth quarter. A Stone Ridge tally with less than two minutes left in regulation time was enough to send the game into overtime.
Unlike college lacrosse, overtime is not sudden death. Instead, a winner is decided on a six-minute “sudden victory” overtime with the teams changing ends after 3 minutes. The Patriots couldn’t come back from a late deficit and took their first loss of the season, 9-8.
Just 25 miles away, the world’s best lacrosse players compete at the Women’s World Championship in Towson, Maryland. With 14 Philadelphia-bound athletes on six national teams, Archbishop Carroll’s daughters have a lot to look forward to if they continue on their winning path.
Senior powerhouses Kiley Mottice and Emma Talago will continue their lacrosse careers in North Carolina and Loyola, respectively. Shortly after winning the state championship, Mottice was appointed Journalist/Times Herald/Montgomery Media Female Lacrosse Athlete of the Year.
They leave the team in good hands with midfielders like Ava Bleckley, who has previously signed up with James Madison. With their performance at the showcase, there could be more college engagements to come.
The next NHSLS will take place this fall, on October 23.
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