Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/17/13
The Mesa BaggataGirls 2017 (Red) won the championship at the Delaware Lacrosse 5v5 Clinic and Round Robin Tournament on Sunday at the University of Delaware.
Members of the Mesa BaggataGirls 2017 team included Sam McGee (Abington), Olivia Duarte (Caravel, DE), Host Coach Ali Karwoski, Liz Scott (Conestoga), Elisabeth Ingersoll (Conestoga), Scottie Rose Growney (Conestoga), Maddie Sjoholm (Abington), Maddie Little (Conestoga) and Cassidy Robbins (Abington).
The clinic and tournament – a competitive 5v5 contest featuring 36 teams in two divisions playing in a round robin format – was hosted by the University of Delaware Women’s Lacrosse Team. Coach Kateri Linville and Assistants Kristin Carr and Kristin Hopson organized the event, which included a one hour skills session conducted by members of the Lady Blue Hen team.
The event featured nine short-sided fields and a series of seven-minute matches. All thirty-six teams played seven round robin games over the course of two hours, never having more than a one game break. The winners of each division, based their respective records in round robin play, were paired to play in a championship game.
The BaggataGirls finished the round robin portion of the event 6-1, losing by a goal to the D’eletes in their fourth game. Along the way, they posted victories over ULax, Orbit, TLC 2016, Bazookas, Moorestown Laxers and Jersey Storm. They beat the only other 6-1 team in the division and earned their spot in the title match on account of their head-to head win.
In the championship game, the BaggataGirls were paired against Sea Bay from Ocean City, Maryland — the other divisional winner. A large crowd of tournament participants and spectators lined the perimeter of Field #1, framing an intimate arena and setting the stage for an exciting and well-played duel between two determined opponents.
The BaggataGirls controlled the opening draw and possessed the ball for close to three minutes before Duarte scored on a direct shot. The Sea Bay squad, which consisted of high school juniors in the Class of 2015, showed upperclassmen poise and pressured the BaggataGirl goal on its first possession. But the young BaggataGirl defense held firm in front of netminder Robbins, who blocked several attempts on net and who was awarded possession after Sea Bay failed to back-up a shot.
Scott scored for the BaggataGirls on the team’s next possession following sensational efforts by the Sea Bay goalie to turn back a barrage of shots, aided once by the post. With time in short supply, Sea Bay pressed the action, raced down the field and scored, drawing to within one with forty seconds to play. The Marylanders went into “Mayday” mode and attempted to double the ball to force a turnover, but the BaggataGirls found their open teammates, cleared the ball and smartly protected possession in the Sea Bay zone as time expired.
It was the second tournament win in a row for the Mesa BaggataGirls. Last week, the team won the title in the Lehigh 7v7 September Spectacular, hosted by Lehigh University Women’s Lacrosse Team.
All teams were helped during the event by a “Host Coach” – a member of the Lady Blue Hen team. Ali Karwoski, a Delaware sophomore and former Under Armor All-American and Great Valley standout, served as Host Coach for the BaggataGirls squad during the tournament. The team would like to thank Coach Ali for her infectious support and enthusiasm.