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St. Dominic wins 2nd straight CHSAA title

St. Dominic senior Katie O'Brien looks to shoot

St. Dominic senior Katie O'Brien looks to shoot on goal in the first half of the NSCHSAA varsity girls lacrosse Class A final vs. Mary Louis Academy. (May 16, 2012) Credit: James Escher

The day after starring in a photo shoot for American Eagle, Katie O'Brien was picture-perfect out on the lacrosse field.

O'Brien paced St. Dominic's high-powered attack, tallying six goals and two assists as the host Bayhawks defeated Mary Louis Academy, 13-7, Wednesday to win their second straight CHSAA Class A championship.

"It feels great to repeat especially because this is my senior year," said O'Brien. "This one actually feels better than last year."

The midfielder, who is an aspiring model, sat out the first five minutes after missing Monday's practice to attend the photo shoot in Manhattan -- a team rule set by coach Michele O'Brien, Katie's mother.

"My mom told the team, 'She could sit out for just five minutes, or she could sit out for 50 minutes and not play at all,' " Katie O'Brien said. "The way she was talking, I was kind of getting a little nervous."

But once she came in, it didn't take long for her to make her presence felt. Within 15 seconds of entering the game, she fed the ball near the crease to Julia LoRusso, who scored to make it 2-0.

"My mom pulled me aside and told me, 'Listen, you're going to sit out the first five minutes, then you're going to go out there and run the show,' " Katie O'Brien said.

The Molloy College-bound senior scored her first three goals in a five-minute span in the first half and also notched the team's final three goals as the Bayhawks (8-0) jumped out to a 13-3 lead with 16:40 left to play.

"I was just doing my job," she said. "Me being captain, I was supposed to lead the team by example. So I just did my thing and everyone else followed."

Jordyn Coyne added two goals and an assist for St. Dominic, and LoRusso and Madeline Murray each scored two goals. Nicole Maher made 11 saves.

Anna McGovern and Carolyn Heib led Mary Louis (3-4) with two goals apiece.

"There's an old saying that you're only as good as the players you have," Michele O'Brien said. "We've got a lot of talent on our team, and we were very fortunate this year."

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