In a crucial Baltimore County Division II girls lacrosse game last week, Eastern Tech “won” the first half while Kenwood won the second half.
But in this case, the halves were not equal.
The Mavericks took a 7-1 halftime lead and led 13-5 with less than three minutes remaining before a late Bluebird surge made the final score 13-8.
Eastern Tech is now 7-2, 7-0 in Division II and tied with Pikesville. The Mavericks were to play at Pikesville on Monday.
It was the second division loss for Kenwood (4-4 overall), which lost to Pikesville earlier in the season.
The Bluebirds outscored Eastern Tech 3-1 in the first seven minutes of the second half, and it would have been 4-1 (making the score 8-5) had Kenwood not had a goal called back because the shooter was ruled to have stepped in the crease after scoring.
“I think we came out a little flat in the second half,” Eastern Tech coach Emily Cockey (filling in for varsity coach Jill Henry) said. “We were able to run a lot of our plays and score off of them in the first half.”
While the Mavericks only scored one fewer goal in the second half, they weren’t able to continue dominating possession.
The Bluebirds were able to get the ball, generate shots, and started finding the net.
“We also had about four or five shots hit the pipe," Kenwood coach Kelly Stowell said. “That’s been happening a lot to us this season."
“Two things were killing us in the first half: not taking shots, and we weren’t double-teaming in the midfield. They were running down the field with their fast breaks. We double-teamed in the second half and kept them from getting fast breaks.”
Leading 5-1 with one minute remaining in the first half, Eastern Tech got goals from Ainsley Plume and Rita Callinan to go into halftime leading 7-1.
A goal by Shannon Cronin boosted the Mavericks’ lead to 8-1 in the first minute of the second half.
After Kenwood got to within 8-4 on goals by Lena Deaver-Diaz, Susannah Kontyko and Jamya Piotrowski, Eastern Tech scored five of the next six goals to open up a comfortable 13-5 advantage with less than five minutes remaining.
Plume and Sam Tornatore each scored three goals for the Mavericks. Jess Urban and Genna Andreasik each scored two goals.
Piotrowski and Allyssa Greaver each scored two goals for Kenwood, while Kontyko scored three.