Indian Creek ‘Dream Team’ Women’s Lacrosse defeats Beth Tfiloh, 17-5, to defend IAAM C conference crown – Baltimore Sun

Indian Creek freshman coach Danielle Stanton called her team a “dream team.”

The Eagles certainly had a magical performance against Beth Tfiloh in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Mia Putzi finished with five goals and four assists, Abbey Bunker scored four times with two assists and Indian Creek earned a 17-5 win at USA Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks.

Sophee Gomberg also scored four goals for the Eagles, who successfully defended their title from last season and won four championships in total.

“This team, I tell you, is a dream team,” Stanton said. “It’s a dream to coach. They are so selfless, they have fun with each other, they are just the best group of girls on and off the court.

Alexa Grossman had three goals for the Warriors.

Beth Tfiloh (9-1) beat Indian Creek, 10-9, during the regular season. It was the Warriors’ closest game of the year.

However, the Eagles (12-2) set the tone early and never looked back.

Bunker put Indian Creek ahead with an unassisted goal three minutes into the game. The Eagles did a solid job on Beth Tfiloh early in the first half.

Putzi and Avery Barnhill increased the lead to 3-0 on free position goals with just over 17 minutes remaining. Indian Creek goaltender Elia Alewine made some key saves, which gave the defense momentum.

“It’s amazing,” Putzi said. “We really had this goal from day one to come back here and have this exact feeling. This was our message throughout the year.

Beth Tfiloh was patient with her attack and moved the ball around to have an open eye on goal.

Grossman finally got the Warriors on the board on a deft goal with 13:49 left.

However, Anastasia Malamatis and Gomberg responded for Indian Creek which pushed the lead to 5-1 and forced the Warriors to call a time out. Putzi added another goal from the free position and scored again on an assist from Bunker which kept Beth Tfiloh under pressure.

Bunker scored twice more on a free position opportunity and on a Putzi pass that provided a 9-1 cushion.

“I think we played really well and worked together as a team,” Bunker said. “It was a very good game.”

Beth Tfiloh finally gained momentum late in the period thanks to goals from Sabrina Tepper and Grossman. But Putzi scored again on the next possession and created another Gomberg score, and Indian Creek led 11-3 at the break.

Grossman scored his hat trick in the opening minutes of the second half. Beth Tfiloh did a better job of containing the Indian Creek offense, but the deficit was too big to overcome. Alewine also has three key saves to keep the Warriors from getting closer.

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Goals from Bunker, Gomberg, Putzi and Abby Bach pushed the lead to 15-4, allowing the Eagles to clear the bench.

Beth Tfiloh did not win her first IAAM title in women’s lacrosse. The Warriors were missing two key players, Sophie Polakoff and Jenna Lubliner, who were both on senior trips to Israel.

“It was a physical game and we didn’t adapt well,” Beth Tfiloh’s coach Ed Levy said. “We were missing our two seniors who had a ton of balls on the ground in the first game. We didn’t have those games. I’m not looking for excuses.

Lenses: BT — Grossman 3, Tepper, Wood; THIS — Putzi 5, A. Bunker 4, Gomberg 4, Barnhill, Malamatis, Bach, Bead.

Assists: BT — Glick 4; THIS — Putzi 4, A. Bunker 2, Barnhill.

Register: BT — Benkler 5; THIS — Fry 8

Half time: 11-3, CI

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