Ocean City Today

Decatur girls’ lax gets by JMB, falls to Chesapeake-AA

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 17, 2018

(May 18, 2018) The Stephen Decatur girls’ lacrosse team edged out the James M. Bennett Clippers, 8-7, but a few days later the Lady Seahawks’ season ended with a 13-9 loss to the Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel.

Decatur, the third seed in Section II of the 3A East Region, traveled to Salisbury last Friday to play second-seeded Bennett.

The Seahawks were looking forward to the match after losing to the Clippers, 7-6, on May 2.

The teams battled last Friday and at halftime, the score was tied 5-5. Leading 8-6, the Seahawks held on to win, despite a late goal by the Clippers.

“They played great. We went in with a plan and they executed that plan,” Decatur Coach Sara Braniecki said. “We made adjustments and they made the adjustments on the field flawlessly.”

Sophomore Sarah Engle led Decatur with three goals and an assist. Senior captain Lily Belle Baker chipped in two goals. She won five draws.

Senior captain Hattie Brous contributed a goal and two assists. Seniors Caroline Engle and Maggie Bunting scored one goal apiece.

Sophomore Isy Kristick recorded six saves.

“They took care of the ball, looking for really good opportunities. Their shot selection was much improved from the last time we faced Bennett,” Braniecki said. “Our defense was relentless. The girls communicate so well on defense.”

Braniecki said she is incredibly proud of the Seahawks.

“They are such hard workers and it’s paying off, because I can see great improvements all over the field,” she said.

On Monday, the Decatur squad took a trip to Pasadena to play top-seeded Chesapeake.

“They played well. Unfortunately, we were letting them feed into the middle and they were producing off those,” Braniecki said after the 13-9 loss. “We struggled to win draws.”

Sophomore Alyssa Romano was Decatur’s top producer with three goals. Baker and sophomore Abby Yesko scored two each. Both Engles netted one apiece.

Kristick stopped eight shots.

Decatur finished the season with a 7-7 record.

“We didn’t have as good a record as we’ve had in the past, but we made improvements as the season went on,” Braniecki said. “This group had the hardest work ethic I’ve ever coached. They were a strong team in the way they bonded, and they supported each other.”

Five girls will graduate, all of them big contributors this season.

“I think we’ll be strong next year. We have a lot of young talent left,” Braniecki said. “If the girls work hard, I think we can pick up where we left off, and we’ll be in a good spot if they do.”

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