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Seahawks top Clippers, but defeated by Lions

(May 17, 2013) The Stephen Decatur and Queen Anne’s girls’ lacrosse teams went head-to-head in a physical match-up on Monday, but it was the Lions who came out on top 15-11 on their field in Centreville during the 3A-2A East Regional tournament semifinals.

The visiting Seahawks, seeded second in the east sectional bracket of the region, trailed 3-0, but fought back and had earned a 6-5 advantage going into the halftime break.

During intermission, Decatur Coach Bob Musitano said he told his players the team that scored first in the second half would have the momentum, and he was correct.

The top seeded Lions netted three shots to pull ahead 8-6.

Goals were traded over the next few minutes. Queen Anne’s led 10-8 and scored five unanswered goals to boost its advantage 15-8.

“They scored five quick goals and then they held the ball,” Musitano said.

The Seahawks tallied three goals, but were unsuccessful at a come-from-behind victory.

“They all stepped up for the game and gave it all they had. It was a fight,” Musitano said. “They were really battling it out. It was quite a game.”

Decatur senior goalie Skylar Siegfried stopped nine Lions’ shots. Senior Eileen Hayman scored three goals for the Seahawks. Captain Ashley Trice, a senior, junior Layla Fowler and sophomore Blair Yesko each netted two shots.

Decatur advanced to the semifinal round with a 20-4 win over the James M. Bennett Clippers last Friday in Berlin.

Senior captain Annie Brown had three goals and an assist. Yesko chipped in with two goals and four assists.

Trice, Fowler, Hayman and junior Sammi Quilter each scored twice.

“They played really well as a team,” Musitano said. “They played hard and they controlled the whole game.”

Decatur went 11-3 this season. The Seahawks and Lions were named co-Bayside Conference champions. (Title game was rained out).

“It was a really good season. The senior leadership was outstanding,” Musitano said.

Seven seniors will graduate at the end of the month, but Musitano said he is “pretty sure we won’t miss a beat” next year as a number of underclassmen gained varsity experience this season.

Stephen Decatur sophomore Jordan Klebe, right, is defended by two James M. Bennett players during the quarterfinal round of the 3A-2A East Regional tournament last Friday in Berlin. Decatur won 20-4.

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