By James Boyle
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/23/13
MC Curran had three goals and an assist and dominated the midfield with 11 draw controls while Kristen Hinckley tallied five goals as Episcopal Academy defeated Friends’ Central, 19-10, today for its third straight PA Independent Schools championship at Radnor Memorial Park.
EA (16-4) finished a brilliant season. The Churchwomen also won a ninth straight Inter-Ac League championship with an undefeated run and went 16-2 over its last 18 games.
The victory, though, was bittersweet for EA. The game was moved up so the players could attend a memorial for their friend, junior Paul Pratt who died in a car accident a week ago, just before he was to row in the famed Stotesbury Regatta. Paul was an advisee of coach Vos Strache and the players wore neon green ribbons with his initials to honor his memory.
A major key to the Episcopal Academy win Friday was winning the draw.
“I think [winning the draw] really helped our team,” said Curran. “We got two [goals] and then we kind of relaxed a little bit.
“Getting the draw and then pushing it into attack again really changed the game and picked our whole attack up. It really was a game-changer.”
Curran, who has signed with William & Mary, emphasized the importance of the connections she has made with her teammates and coaches at Episcopal.
“This is our last year and it’s a great last game to play for this Episcopal team, blue and white,” she said. “We all bleed it; it’s fantastic.
“But it means a lot, this is our third straight title. It’s really exciting, I’m going to miss this team a lot.
“Coach V. [Amanda Vos Strache] is fantastic, she’s so passionate about the game of lacrosse and that really comes through when she coaches us. She and Heather [Ferguson] really know the game. They know each of us individually and they know how to get us motivated. I couldn’t have asked for a better senior year.”
Curran had all her goals in the second half, two of which helped to spur a five-goal run that extended EA’s lead to eight after holding only a 5-4 lead at intermission.
Schuyler Aitken added three goals and three assists for Episcopal.
“I think having the eight seniors we have was so much fun,” said Hinckley. “We’ve been playing together for a while.
“We have great underclassmen, a great team dynamic. I think we have so much fun together which is why we play so well together.”
Hinckley will be headed for Dartmouth in the fall.
“I think I still have a lot of room for improvement,” she added. “And I’m excited to be able to learn even more next year.”
Despite the early 2-0 lead in favor of Episcopal, Friends’ Central was ready to retaliate.
Emma Dahle (three goals, one assist) opened the scoring for Friends Schools League champion Friends’ Central (19-3) and her teammates followed suit. Ashley Tedesco (three goals, two assists) and Bianca Newton scored to give their team a 3-2 lead.
Tedesco also scored to give Friends’ a 4-3 lead following a game-tying Episcopal goal. But it would be short-lived once Lily Crager (three goals) and Jane Crager each added goals to end the first half.
“We were really excited for the opportunity to be here and to play,” said Friends’ head coach Lauren Rubin. “I felt like we could compete.
“I think we showed that in the first half. I think we ran out of steam a little bit and I think some mental errors, turnovers lost us some momentum and they were able to capitalize on that.
“I think we showed that we can compete. I’m proud of our team.”
Episcopal won 19 of 27 draws and outshot Friends’ 33-20.
“I think that was the difference in the game,” said Rubin. “We couldn’t win a draw. I don’t know what the possession time is, but I feel like they had possession 80 percent of the game.
“You can’t score goals and win games if you don’t have the ball, and I think the draw was the difference today.”
Episcopal Academy 19, Friends’ Central 10
Haltime: EA 5 Friends Central 4
Emma Brumbaugh 1 g
MC Curran 3 g 1a
Schuyler Aitken 3g 3a
Hannah Harrity 1g
Jane Crager 1g
Taryn Gallagher 1g 1a
Colby Gallagher 1 g 1a
Kristen Hinckley 5g
Lily Crager 3g
Lindsey Reder 7 saves
Ashley Tedesco: 3g, 2a
Emma Dahle: 3g, 1a
Bianca Newton: 2g
Jesse Rubin: 1g, 2a
Emily Tedesco: 1g, 1a
Aubrey Faggen: 12 saves