Towson, MD -- Tatum Coffey scored three of her game-high five goals in the second half to lead the North team to victory and earn MVP honors. With the win, the North team improves to 4-2 at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.
The North quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind back-to-back unassisted goals by Kailah Kempney and Caroline Tarzian before the South answered with two of its own by Annie Thomas and Jen Cook. The teams traded goals before Tatum scored her first goal of the game to break a 3-3 tie and then Mikela Rix scored her lone goal of the contest to increase the North's lead to 5-3. The South responded with three, including another by Thomas, who had two goals and two assists, to take their first lead of the afternoon at 6-5. Coffey scored again before each team tallied a goal to send both teams into halftime tied at 7.
As they did in the first half, the North scored some early goals with Coffey tallying two roughly a minute and a half apart to give the North a three-goal lead. The South scored two of the next three goals to cut the gap to 11-9, but Nora Berry added back-to-back scoresto give the North its biggest lead at that point. Coffey's goal at 8:12 put the lead back at four and Lindsay Toppe tallied an unassisted goal with less than four minutes left to seal the game for the North.
Kelly Weis made six saves for the North in the first half and her replacement Bridget Bianco allowed just three goals while making three saves.
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Towson, MD - Bobby Wardwell made 12 saves in the second half, nine of which came in the 4th quarter, to help the South earn an 11-9 victory over the North. The victory is the South's second in the six-year history of the event.
Early on it looked as if the North was going to win for the fifth time in six tries as Brandon Gamblin scored five seconds into the game after winning the opening face off. Jay Carlson tied the game up for the South three minutes later before the North scored the last three goals of the quarter to take a 4-1 lead.
The two teams traded goals in the first part of the second quarter as the North took a 7-3 lead on an unassissted goal by Kyle Keenan. Unfortunately, that was the last goal the North scored for a while. Carl Walrath's unassisted goal was the first of three in a minute and a half for the South to help them go into halftime trailing 7-6.
The third quarter saw the entrance of Wardwell between the pipes and the continuation of the South scoring run. Goran Murray, a long-stick middie, went coast to coast twice during the frame, while Carlson scored his second goal of the game and Joey Sankey scored with 46 seconds left to give the South a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth.
The North's scoring drought finally ended at 13:43 of the fourth quarter when Walker Chafee scored unassisted. A little over a minute later, David Soloman tallied a man-up goal to close the deficit to one. From there, Wardwell saved shot after shot with a dazzling array of saves. Bobby Gribbin added a man-up goal for the South at 9:23 for the final margin of victory.
Wardwell's 12 saves tied the event record and was the same amount as the combined total of the North's goalies.
Jimmy Bitter, Carlson and Murray were the game's high scorers with two goals apiece in the lowest scoring game in the six years of the event.