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Leftovers: St. John the Baptist vs. Sacred Heart
Things said after Saturday’s game that didn’t make the newspaper article. As well as random randomness. Read up!
(Note: That's a picture of Kristin Brent and Nina Corcoran from basketball season. Well, yeah, it's not lacrosse. But it's still them, looking happy and stuff.)
Referees Mary McDermott and Irene Hammer had a well-officiated game. Yeah, we shout out the refs on the GLax blog.
Meghan Breen had two goals and two assists. Her second goal gave the Spartans an 11-9 lead with 15:03 left.
On rematch with St. Anthony’s: “We played St. Anthony’s the first time and it was a tough game for us (24-12 on April 21), but we played them again last week and it was closer (19-14 in the regular-season finale on May 13). We feel we can win if we put our minds to it.”
Sacred Heart’s midseason Midwest trip and the sweep of four top Illinois teams: “I think the team came together and, being on the road together, we really bonded. We’re clicking on and off the field. We really feel that if we put our minds to it and give our best effort, we can win.”
On Kristen Brent: “She’s a senior, going to Penn State, and she definitely, definitely stepped it up this year. I think being a senior she had to take a leadership role and she’s done that.”
Emma Salter made five saves in the win.
On holding SJB to three goals in the second half: “Our defense played tremendously and our pressure was great.”
The game going back-and-forth in the first half: “You have to keep composed, stay positive, and not yell at your defense.” Did you yell at them? “Maybe once or twice,” she said with a laugh. “Not too much.”
Kristin Brent scored six goals for the Spartans.
On the game: “It was awesome. We didn’t come out so well in the beginning but we picked it up in the second half. Our passing was better, we didn’t rush things. We realized we had to step it up a whole lot more.”
Her individual performance: “I don’t know. I just thought I had to do what I had to do. Get it in.”
Preparing for St. Anthony’s: “We have off [Sunday], and then practice on Monday. We’re going to practice really hard and have fun doing it… It’d be a great win. This will be my fourth year playing them and we’ve lost every other championship game.”
Nina Corcoran had two goals and five assists. (Happy birthday!)
What clicked in the second half? “We cleaned it up. We were making mistakes catching and passing; we just weren’t playing like ourselves. Everyone stepped it up. Our goalie came up big.”
Meeting St. Anthony’s again: “We really want it this year, especially for our seniors. We only have three [seniors] and we want it for them. And we think we can.”
What you’ll have to do differently to fare better against the Friars: “We need to minimize the mistakes we make with unforced turnovers. We have to control the ball and hold onto it; eliminate those little things that give them an advantage.”
Corcoran’s aunt and godmother, K.C. Comerford
“Sacred Heart played with a lot of intensity. They came out and showed their true colors down the stretch… I also wanna talk about my niece, NINA CORCORAN! All the way, baby! PLAYER TO WATCH! AND BRENT, GOING TO PENN STATE NEXT YEAR! I also want to wish Nina a happy birthday.” (See, told you I'd post it.)