Mangan's goal, Campbell's goaltending lead St. Anthony's upset
Poor Charlotte Campbell. The freshman dislocated three fingers on her right hand and, barely a minute later, found herself beneath a heap of about 30 screaming lacrosse players.
"Euphoria!" she said. "It was absolute awesomeness."
It was absolute delirium at the final whistle when the St. Anthony's bench rushed the field and the team piled on its goalie. Campbell made two spectacular saves -- the second with her fist -- in the final 1:21 as the Friars held on to upset St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, 9-8, Saturday.
"I don't have the words to describe it," said Izzy Mangan, who scored the winner with 2:27 left. "It felt like we just won a national championship."
But it was only a non-league game . . .
Not quite. The Alexandria, Va., powerhouse is the second-ranked team in the country and was undefeated. St. Anthony's started the season ranked third and McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), the nation's No. 1 for four years, won't face any Long Island teams this season, so this game was very much the Friars' measuring stick.
"To have it come down to the last minute and beat a team this good is insane," Mangan said. "It says a lot about us."
Mangan's goal ended what was a back-and-forth between squads that seemed evenly matched. Maggie Bill drove right, drew a double team and flipped a pass left to Mangan. The sophomore scored on a sidearm sling into the left corner from about 3 yards.
"It wasn't a designed play; we just did it," Bill said. "With time running down, I wanted to be careful and not force anything, then I saw Izzy come wide open and made the pass."
Bill scored three goals and won three draw controls, and Kerri Puckhaber had two goals to lead St. Anthony's (9-1). Kasey Behr scored twice, Natalia Chaney had a goal, and Ella Bonafede and Jenny Schwalje each scooped two ground balls.
Campbell (11 saves) said matter-of-factly that she has dislocated her fingers several times and, "It hurts, but I pop 'em back in and it feels OK in a few minutes."
St. Anthony's went up 8-6 on Bill's goal 4:40 into the second half, but Margaret Fogarty (two goals) tied it for SSSA with 15:04 remaining.
The Saints (19-1) had chances late, but Campbell stopped a bouncer at 1:21 and, with 59 seconds left, literally punched away a point-blank shot to clinch it.
"I knew how big this game was for us," Campbell said. "I'm just glad I was a part of it and hopefully, I contributed."
If there's any doubt of her contributions -- talk to the hand.