COLUMBUS, OH – The Baltimore-Washington Eagles traveled six hours last Saturday to defeat Columbus on their home turf by 29 points.
Both sides were licking their wounds after a tough Eastern Regional Tournament two weeks prior in Raleigh, with key players missing from both teams. The Eagles triumphed at the tournament, defeating Columbus by 42 points with a second-half blitzkrieg after scores were neck-and-neck at the main break.
Saturday’s encounter went along a similar route, with both sides going goal-for-goal in the first half, and the Jackaroos edging the Eagles by two goals at half-time. But testament to the Eagles’ development over the past 12 months, Baltimore-Washington were able to find another gear in the third quarter with a seven-goal turnaround to go into the final break with a commanding lead.
The Jackaroos lifted early in the last term, kicking the first goal of the final quarter and pushing for what might have been a comeback. But the Eagles were once again able to lift the extra gear required to keep Columbus at bay, running out 29-point winners.
Coach Dannie Seow said it was the best win of the season, given the mixed line-up of experienced and new players. It was a total team effort, with even contributors across the ground, and greater understanding and discipline of the team’s game plan.
The Lady Eagles were not as fortunate as their male teammates, going down to the Columbus Jillaroos by 38 points. The Jillaroos dominated the first half, building a strong lead that seemed impossible to overcome.
But it wasn’t without effort. The Lady Eagle midfield led by Molly Halberstadt and Karen Stablein found plenty of the ball, but struggled to convert their patches of dominance on the scoreboard.
The Jillaroos forward-line was a potent force, piling 25 scoring shots on the board compared to the Lady Eagles’ 12.
The Lady Eagles found more rhythm in the second half, and kept apace with the Jillaroos, but were unable to bridge the gap.
Baltimore-Washington – 12.12. 84
Columbus – 8.7. 55
Baltimore-Washington – 6.6. 42
Columbus – 11.14 – 80
The men’s team split into two once again on July 29 for the third installment of the Battle of the Beltway. Baltimore are up 2-0, can DC get one on the board at home (West Potomac Park)?
The women head to Boston a week earlier (July 22) for a match against the Lady Demons.