Four goals by Sophia Facciponti, two goals and an assist by Peyton Baldwin, a score by Lauren Peters and 12 saves by Caitlin Alperstein helped power the BAYS Middie B girls lacrosse team to a 7-6 victory over Severna Park in the Anne Arundel County Middie B division championship game at Northeast High School on May 22.
The BAYS Middie B girls, who are Facciponti, Peters, Alperstein, Peyton Baldwin, Reagan Baldwin, Carly Johnston, Audrey Jones, Allie Rudasill, Clare Harris, Ally Keith, Arden Hunteman, Kendall Hall, Ella Banting, Emma Kerr, Lindsay Curley, Angelina Lutzio, Ashley Williams, Alixandra Mitchell, Meagan Redmond and Teagan Andary, finished their first season competing in full-field lacrosse undefeated at 12-0.
Head coach Jenn Baldwin, who coached the team with Mike Peters, Bill Baldwin and Roger Banting, described the season-long development of the girls as an important factor in driving the team’s success.
“I am proud of how hard the entire team worked,” said coach Baldwin. “I had high expectations and raised the bar, and they were up for the challenge.”
Baldwin said the team, which was a mix of largely inexperienced fifth graders and slightly more experienced sixth graders, had to work hard to grasp new concepts like team defense, team offense and effective transitioning as they moved up from basic PeeWee lacrosse to full-field play. Defensively the team learned to work as a unit, sliding and stopping the opponents from going to goal by developing awareness, communication, and anticipation. Offensively, 16 of the team’s 20 players scored a goal during the season as the team incorporated plays and a set offense. In transition, the team developed the ability to make cuts in the midfield and work the ball ahead by passing to each other.
Describing Severna Park as the their “best competition all year,” Baldwin cited varied playmaking in the championship game. Johnston won 12 out of 15 draws to bolster Broadneck’s possession. Facciponti, Reagan Baldwin and Hunteman played “tough and non-stop,” going back and forth from offense to defense in the midfield an nabbing numerous ground balls. Jones, Banting, Kerr, Lutzio and Curely rounded out a balanced attack. Defensively, Johnston (“our best communicator”), Keith (“caused a key ball turnover with less than a minute left in the game to get it out of our defensive end”), Hall (“one of our best defensive sliders”), Reagan Baldwin, Huntemann, Facciponti, Rudasill, Harris, Mitchell and Williams played extremely well throughout. Alperstein had her best game of the season in the cage – “Nothing like playing your best in goal when it counts the most,” said Baldwin.
Redmond and Andary were injured for the championship game but nonetheless played a crucial role in the team’s success throughout the season.
“This was a special group of girls and they deserved the win and the awesome season they had,” said coach Baldwin.