WJ outlasts B-CC, 15-8
In one of the most intense games of the season, the Barons stepped out in the pouring rain April 24 to meet a much improved Walter Johnson, a team B-CC defeated last year. The Barons were not intimidated by the Wildcats’ daunting reputation; in fact, they were quite fired up, and struck first on a strong dunk shot by Senior Audrey Zantzinger, assisted by Junior Lindsay Archer. The Baron defense – in its best showing of the season – was ferocious from the get-go, double- and triple-teaming in transition, and using foot work and slides to repeatedly thwart WJ attacks on goal. B-CC went up 2-1 when Archer scored on a pass from Senior Abby Hopkins, then made it 3-2 Barons on a free-position shot from Sophomore Catherine Gaffney. Though WJ matched B-CC goal-for goal, they had to work hard for every score, as Baron defenders continually shut down lanes inside the 8-meter arc. Zantzinger brought the barons to 4-3 on an unassisted goal, then got it to Freshman Lindsay Kramer, who scored to make it 5-4, B-CC – a lead that seemed sure to last through half-time. But a WJ goal with time expiring tied the game and handed momentum to the Wildcats.
WJ changed tactics in the second half, clearing the center and stacking cutters on either side of the goal. That move, combined with two fast-break goals, gave the Wildcats a quick 4-goal run and a 9-5 lead. The Barons wouldn’t give up, adding three second-half goals, but WJ answered each time, and pulled away to a 15-8 win.
Offense for the Barons came from Zantzinger (3 goals, 1 assist), Gaffney (2 goals), Archer (1 goal, 1 assist), Hopkins (1 goal, 1 assist), Kramer (1 goal), and Maggie Lucas (1 assist). Ground balls went to Hopkins (3), Natalia Mobille (3), Annie Namata (2), Jessie Zehner (2), Courtney Boyle (2), Gaffney (2), Skalka (2), and one each for Lucas, Archer, Tatiana Laguerre Ford, Maggie Paterson, Lucia Montoya-Cardenas.
The Wildcats would finish the season with an 11-1 record, including a win over powerhouse Churchill.