April 18th, 2017
Valkyries fall to KCD
Kentucky Country Day and Sacred Heart have dominated the lacrosse scene in the state of Kentucky over the past half-decade having played each other in five of the last six state championship games.
The two met for the first time this season with visiting KCD overcoming a halftime deficit to defeat the Valkyries 15-8 Tuesday night.
“Gosh, I told them it was about poise,” KCD head coach Patrick McAnulty said. “In these games the intensity and poise have to work together. I’m so proud of them because we came and out and punched them in the mouth and then they came out and punched us in the mouth. Then in the second half we won the draws and when you win the draws you get confidence. The draws were key and we communicated better on defense. Best game of the year for sure.”
Sacred Heart (7-3) led 7-6 at the half after overcoming a 4-0 deficit but the Bearcats (6-3) answered and scored the first eight goals of the second half seizing control.
“They came together as a team at the end of the first half,” Sacred Heart head coach Andrea Merchak said. “They were doing what we have been practicing this entire year. My team came out frantic at the beginning and that’s why we fell behind. But at the end of the first half we really pulled it together.”
Caroline Anderson led the Bearcats with six goals and one assist. Claire Hamilton added one goal and dished out six assists. Lucy Poindexter added two goals and two assists while Isabella Tacogue also had two goals and Frances Cohen, Emily Alexander, Emily Harrison, and Hadley Jackson each had one goal.
“After watching Sacred Heart beat Eastern, we knew we were going to have to bring it,” McAnulty whose team lost to Eastern in the first game of the year said. ‘We have the utmost respect for the Sacred Heart program. They play so hard and have a lot of intensity. I respect the heck out of this Sacred Heart team.”
Abby Thompson led Sacred Heart with three goals and one assist. Maddie Landoch recorded a goal and two assists while Sydney Wood, Tara Johnson, Mary Katherine Hardy, and Anna Laveck each finished with one goal.
“In the second half we got frantic,” Merchak said. “We became individual players rather than a team and for any team that’s going to be the end. They pulled it together the last five minutes of the game but by then it was too late and it wasn’t enough to save us.”
Clara Stewart Campbell started in the goal for the Valkyries and stopped six of the Bearcats 16 shots. Tafel played the last 10 minutes and was only shot on one time.
Claire Kennedy started for the Bearcats in the goal and stopped four of the Valkyries 12 shots.
The Valkyries will travel to KCD on May 4th with hopes of getting revenge.
“I don’t think any of these players were on varsity the last time we beat KCD,” Merchak said. “I think that it’s all about what’s in their head. During the first half we battled back after being down but in the second half we got complacent and they got caught in on their heel. I think we need to have the confidence that we can actually beat this team.”