It was way too late in the season for a scrimmage, but that's what last Monday's meeting between Mount St. Joseph Academy and visiting Germantown Friends School turned into.
It was way too late in the season for a scrimmage, but that's what last Monday's meeting between Mount St. Joseph Academy and visiting Germantown Friends School turned into after game officials failed to show up. The host Magic and the Tigers played a pair of running-clock periods with sideline staff from both teams officiating.
Germantown Friends scored first, but after that the Mount deposited seven straight goals, going on to lead 8-3 at halftime and 13-6 at the end of the affair.
Because this was designated a scrimmage, the Magic's record remained 7-4 overall and 5-2 within the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies. Back on March 28, the Mount lost its first game against league leader Villa Maria in overtime, 6-5. Before that, the Magic defeated area rival Gwynedd Mercy, 15-5, but in an April 20 rematch between the teams, Gwynedd prevailed, 11-9.
Germantown Friends' record stayed at 7-1 overall. The Tigers have handily defeated the Friends Schools League rivals they have faced, with a 4-0 record entering last week.
Against Mount St. Joe's, GFS started seniors Ella Shay and Mia Brockman, sophomore Claire Rigdon, and freshman Sarah Goldberg on attack. Sophomore Halle Smoger and freshmen Emmie Day and Naomi Shaffer were in the midfield, and on defense juniors Ally McNally and Miya Moriuchi and sophomores Katie Day and Riya Mainigi started in front of junior goalie Isla Ablin.
Shay opened the scoring from close range on the left. Two minutes later, MSJ junior Maggie Rezza drove in with her stick high and then swung it down to score the Magic's first goal. Sophomore Morgan Smith moved the Mount ahead with an assist from classmate Katie Westmoreland, then senior Kate Donovan (signed with George Washington) scored back-to-back goals.
Another goal by Rezza was sandwiched between markers by the Clair sisters, Amelia (a junior) and Gabby (a freshman), making it 7-1 before Goldberg scored Germantown's second goal off a feed from Shay. The Mount's Rezza completed a personal hat trick with three-and-a-half minutes left in the first half, but right at the end the Tigers' Goldberg scored her second (assisted by Shaffer) to set the score at 8-3 for the intermission.
The Mount's Westmoreland, Rezza, and Amelia Clair extended the Magic's lead to 11-3 early in the second half. In the middle of the period, Tiger goals by sophomore Halle Smoger and Goldberg bracketed one by Mount St. Joe senior Kiersten Pumilia.
After the GFS goalie, Ablin, saved a free position shot by MSJ senior Sophie Peters, Rigdon scored at the other end off of the rebound of a teammate's shot with just over four minutes to go. Smith scored her second goal for the Mount in the final minute, locking in the 13-6 final.
The Magic's Rezza and the Tigers' Shay led their teams on attack with four and three goals, respectively.
UPDATE: In their next outing, the GFS Tigers received seven goals from Shay in a 15-6 romp against FSL rival Friends Central. Last Thursday, Mount St. Joe's lost on the road at Villa Maria, 13-10.