Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/15/16
Corin Grady stood out in goal, Celia Meyer was strong at the draw and 8th grader Clare Meyer scored four goals as host Germantown Friends defeated Shipley School, 9-6, today to claim the Friends Schools League championship.
The Tigers (13-3) won their first league title since 2014.
Grady collected 9 saves, 2 interceptions and 3 ground balls while Celia Meyer had 8 draw controls, six groundballs, three caused turnovers and one goal. Clare Meyer had four goals, one assist and two groundballs as GFS took a 7-3 halftime lead and when the Gators pulled within 7-6 late in the game Celia Meyer scored with 4:04 left to make it 8-6. Senior defender Lindsey Golden scored the final goal.
“This feels so great,” said Celia Meyer, a senior signed with Colgate. “This has been my favorite team to play with. My class and the classes below me have grown so much.
“It’s my favorite group of coaches. Everything was in line for us. Plus, losing the Friends League title last year (To Friends’ Central) really came and showed this year.”
Added Grady: “It’s amazing. This has been our team’s goal since 2014. We’ve fallen short each time I’ve been on the team, twice in the finals and once in semis. So for my senior year I’m really happy this team could put it all together and win.”
Meyer was unable to play in the final third of the 2017 season due to a broken ankle.
“It was tough to watch last year so to be able to come back and show what we are really capable of is great,” said Meyer.
Jane MacRae added 2 goals, 1 assist and 2 groundballs for GFS.
Meyer was shadowed all day by Shipley standout Ashleigh Gundy (Cornell commit) and finally scored after causing a turnover following a lost draw.
“It was my only goal and it was great to see everyone step up,” she said. “My little sister was great, scoring four goals as an 8th grader.
“We have been working so hard and to see it all come together in the end is great. They had a huge momentum shift in the second half and we were making a ton of turnovers.”
When Shipley made its comeback in the second half, how did the team react to the pressures of a 1-goal game?
“We stayed relatively composed,” said Grady, who will play at Wesleyan. “We still had the lead, so if anything we let that goal fuel us to retaliate. We’d been in similar situations before, and had handled the opponent’s small runs. So we stayed positive and kept the energy up. Then we went down, scored a few more goals and won the game, so I guess you could say we reacted well.”
Elizabeth Talluto and Kate Scutt each had 3 goals and Grace Donnelly (10 saves) was strong in goal for the Gators (7-7).
Grady said the Tigers got contributions for players in all classes.
“There were multiple factors that contributed out this year’s success,” she said “Each grade was super solid, and multiple players contributed to the team’s success. Many of people played different positions, and typically in a given game there were several scorers, not just one or two.
“This team was really flexible about where they played on the field, and it allowed us to move people around so that we had the best match ups. The mentality that comes with that of putting the team first, and just doing you best was also really important in our success. Also, for the seniors, the team had been beaten in the playoffs each year of our high school careers. So this year we were definitely hungry for that title.
“Something that is different from past years was that The Friends’ League changed its policy this year to allow eighth graders play on the team. Clare Meyer and Annie McLaughlin were able to join our team, and both are so good, and were definitely integral to our success.
This year we also have four seniors who are really dedicated to lacrosse. All four of us are going to keep playing lacrosse next year in college. That’s not the only way to measure dedication, but I think that does say something about my class.”
Friends Schools League Championship
Germantown Friends 9, Shipley 6
GFS 7-2- 9
Shipley 3-3- 6
Celia Meyer- 1 goal, 8 dc, 6 gb, 3 cto
Riley Knowles- 1 assist, 1 dc, 1 gb
Lindsey Golden- 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 gb
Natalie Harrity- 1 assist, 1 gb
Jane MacRae- 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 gb
Daisy Lentz- 1 gb
Curran McLaughlin- 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 dc, 4 gb
Lily Seldin- 3 gb
Ava Moseley- 1 gb
Annie McLaughlin- 2 gb
Clare Meyer- 4 goals, 1 assist, 2 gb
Corin Grady- 9 saves, 2 ct, 3 gb
Elizabeth Talluto- 3 goals
Ashleigh Gundy- 1 assist
Grace Gordon- 1 assist
Kate Scutt- 3 goals
Grace Donnelly- 10 saves
The Friends Schools League Championship unfolded with two dominant goalkeepers on both sides of the field. Corin Grady, 4 year starter for GFS, used all of her skills to lead the GFS squad to victory with 9 saves, 2 interceptions and 3 ground balls.
Eighth grader, Clare Meyer, came up with 4 huge goals as the Tigers headed into halftime. With 5 scorers, GFS was able to spread out their scoring, as well as move the ball around the skilled Shipley defense. Celia Meyer dominated the draw circle and scored the goal to give GFS an 8-6 lead with 4:04 left in the game with senior defender Lindsey Golden adding the insurance goal with 2:09 left for the Tigers to take a 9-6 lead.