Lady Seahawks fall to Lions in Bayside championship game
(May 9, 2014) The Stephen Decatur girls’ lacrosse team suffered a 15-11 loss to the Queen Anne’s Lions in the Bayside Conference championship game Tuesday in Easton.
“It was a tough battle. Even though it was four goals, the game was tighter than that,” said Decatur Coach Bob Musitano. “It was a good game.”
Decatur junior goalie Jillian Petito came up with several big saves. She stopped 12 shots.
“They just outplayed us. Our offense was not as settled as I would have liked it to be,” Musitano said. “We had 11 goals and only four assists, which tells me that it was more of an individual effort than a team offense.”
Junior Payton VanKirk was Decatur’s top producer with four goals and two assists. Blair Yesko, a junior, had three goals and one assist. Senior captain Erin Florek scored two goals.
Musitano said the Decatur defense, which included seniors Katie Collins and Hannah Proctor and juniors Jenna Leitgeb and Ally Beck, was solid. The Seahawks played aggressive defense, he added.
Decatur is going into the post-season with an 11-2 record. The Seahawks’ two losses were to Queen Anne’s. Decatur earned the No. 1 seed in Section I of the 3A-2A East Region bracket.
The Seahawks received a first-round bye and will host the No. 4 Kent Island Buccaneers today, Friday. When the two teams met on March 24, Decatur won 13-4.
If the Seahawks are victorious, they will host the winner of the No. 3 James M. Bennett Clippers vs. No. 2 Parkside Rams game, on Monday at 5 p.m. in Berlin.
Decatur beat both teams twice during the regular season. The Seahawks won 18-0 and 21-3 over Bennett and 14-5 and 14-4 over Parkside.
“They look good. They’re right were we want them to be,” Musitano said. “They’re healthy and they’re in shape. They can play all day…They’re a great group of girls and they’re motivated.”