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April 30, 2014 Published in Other News, Sports

Ireton Girls Lax Defeats Three Of Five Teams In Five Days

The Bishop Ireton Cardinals varsity girls’ lacrosse team are focused before their third game in two days, which they won 18-7 on Saturday, April 26. (Courtesy photo)

The Bishop Ireton Cardinals varsity girls’ lacrosse team are focused before their third game in two days, which they won 18-7 on Saturday, April 26. (Courtesy photo)

The Bishop Ireton girls’ lacrosse team traveled to suburban Atlanta last week during the school’s traditional spring break period to play in the prestigious Legacy Lacrosse Cup on April 25-26.  On Friday, the Cardinals came close to beating the nationally ranked Georgia state champion Milton High School Eagles but fell short 12-10, and on the same day they lost to the nationally ranked Illinois state champion Loyola Academy Ramblers 12-11 on a goal scored with 13 seconds remaining in the game.  After losing these two very tough games by a combined three goals, the team bounced back the next day and defeated the California North Coast D-I champion Carondelet High School Cougars 18-7 on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals came home and beat Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foe Bishop O’Connell 17-4 on April 28, during Senior Night at Fannon Field in Alexandria.  Rhodes College-bound senior attacker Kendall Cunningham and University of Florida-bound senior goalie Olivia Cole played their final regular-season lacrosse game at Bishop Ireton.  The two seniors led the team to a sterling victory as seven different Cardinals scored goals and five notched assists. Future NCAA lacrosse players Cunningham got five goals and Cole had four saves and one assist.

The Cardinals dominated WCAC opponent Paul VI 17-6 on April 29.  The game was supposed to be at Paul VI but was moved to Bishop Ireton’s Fannon Field due to heavy rain making Paul VI’s grass field unusable.  Ireton took control of the game from the opening draw and never looked back—scoring the first seven goals of the game and leading 10-3 at halftime.  Nine different players scored goals for BI and five players had assists.  Sophomore Kelly Larkin led the team with four goals and five assists.

For their last regular-season game, Bishop Ireton travels to the tough defending Delaware state champion Cape Henlopen High School Vikings in Lewes, DE, on May 2.

Ireton is now 7-1 in the WCAC and 13-4 overall.  The WCAC playoffs start next week with a playoff game at Bishop Ireton on May 6, and possibly another one on May 8.  The WCAC girls’ lacrosse championship game is May 12, at the University of Maryland’s Ludwig Field at 5:00 p.m.

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