By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/22/21
Senior Paige Crowther had made four saves for Agnes Irwin in the first 22 minutes of the second half of the Inter-Ac League tournament final at Penn Charter Saturday morning.
She stood and watched most of the final 180 seconds of the contest while the action – and at times inaction – was at the other end of the field.
“It was interesting,” Crowther said. “Then we scored, and the draw got so important. And we did a great job getting control.”
The goal Crowther was referring to was scored by Sydney Wilson with 37 seconds left in the second half. The draw she mentioned was controlled by Wilson’s twin sister, Carly, giving second-seeded Agnes Irwin (15-4) the final possession as the Owls ran out the clock and earned an 8-7 decision over top-seeded Penn Charter (18-2-1).
Goals by Charlotte Hodgson and Kaylee Dyer (assisted by Darcy Felter) had given host Penn Charter a 7-5 advantage with 11:15 to play. A Felter shot that banged off the goal post was all that stood between the Quakers and a three-goal lead before Agnes Irwin began its game-winning comeback.
Irwin’s Ella Springer converted an 8-meter shot, then Cate Parsells finished a play initiated by Brynn Ammerman 44 seconds later, tying the score. With 2:13 to play, Agnes Irwin called a timeout and head coach Lauren Wray spelled out her strategy to her players. When play resumed, Sydney Wilson controlled the ball and waited, draining much of the clock.
“We were supposed to hold until there were 20 seconds left,” Wilson said. “When they pressured us, I had to make my move.”
That came with 45 seconds showing on the clock. Wilson was fouled then stood at the ready before she heard the whistle and ripped in the winning shot.
“I knew what their goalie was going to do,” Wilson said. “Jordan (Healy), who is one of our goalies, talked to me about it before the game and told me where to shoot.”
The Wilsons, who have played for the Triple H club team coached by Penn Charter head coach Colleen Magarity, will head to the University of Florida when their days at Agnes Irwin have been completed. Carly, the older of the two, contributed a pair of goals and had nine draw controls Saturday.
“Katherine Ernst and I have worked so much on draws at practice,” Carly Wilson said. “We’ve developed a great chemistry, and I know she’s going to put the ball where I want it. I think the last time we played them (draws) were more even. Today we were better prepared for it.”
Wray had good things to say about the way both teams played the game.
“Give Penn Charter a lot of credit,” Wray said. “They certainly played hard, and they have some amazing players.
“We’ve just been so focused and have worked hard in every practice. Something like the draws isn’t just one or two players. The whole team plays a part in what we do.”
Wray was delighted with the efforts of her defensive unit, anchored by senior goalies Crowther and Healy. Seniors Annabel Laveran and Avery McMullan and juniors Ernst, Samantha Hark and Colby Macaione, who was celebrating her birthday, shined on defense for the Owls.
“We just don’t depend on one outstanding player or two,” Wray said. “We know how important it is for everyone to work together.”
Penn Charter coach Magarity left the field believing that all of the young players on her squad learned so much this year and will make the Quakers a team to watch in 2022.
“I’m so proud of all of them,” said Magarity, whose team was seeking the school’s first Inter-Ac title since 1998. “Agnes Irwin is used to being in important games like this. We’re trying to get to where we know what to do when we come up to these kind of big games.”
Agnes Irwin 8, Penn Charter 7
Agnes Irwin 4 4 – 8
Penn Charter 4 3 – 7
Agnes Irwin: Cate Parsells 3G, Carly Wilson 2G, Ella Springer 2G, Sydney Wilson 1G, Brynn Ammerman 2A, Alex Lesko 1A.
Penn Charter: Kaylee Dyer 2G, Charlotte Hodgson 2G, Gracie Shoup 2G, Mia Ferraro 1G, Darcy Felter 1A.
Goalies – Jordan Healy (AI) 3 saves, Paige Crowther (AI) 4 saves, Jamie Kubach (PC) 9 saves.
Inter-Ac League Champions
1985- Episcopal Academy, Agnes Irwin
1986 – Agnes Irwin
1987 – Baldwin, Shipley
1988 – Agnes Irwin
1989 – Germantown Academy
1990 – Agnes Irwin
1991 – Episcopal Academy
1992 – Germantown Academy
1993 – Penn Charter
1994 – Agnes Irwin
1995 – Episcopal Academy
1996 – Germantown Academy
1997 – Germantown Academy
1998 – Penn Charter
1999 – Germantown Academy
2000 – Episcopal Academy
2001 – Episcopal Academy
2002 – Episcopal Academy
2003 – Episcopal Academy
2004 – Germantown Academy
2005 – Episcopal Academy, Germantown Academy
2006 – Agnes Irwin, Episcopal Academy
2007 – Episcopal Academy
2008 – Episcopal Academy
2009 – Episcopal Academy
2010 – Episcopal Academy
2011 – Episcopal Academy
2012 – Episcopal Academy, Notre Dame
2013 – Episcopal Academy
2014 – Episcopal Academy, Agnes Irwin
2015 – Agnes Irwin
2016 – Agnes Irwin
2017 – Episcopal Academy
2018 – Agnes Irwin, Episcopal Academy
2019 – Episcopal Academy
2020 – No season due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 – Agnes Irwin 8, Penn Charter 7