Twomey sparks Kettle Run rally in 19-7 win over Eastern View girls lacrosse team
Kettle Run's Morgan Rodgers had five goals and an assist Thursday during a 19-7 win over Eastern View. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
It takes a little flair to stand out from underneath the shadow of Morgan Rodgers and Addy Foudray.
Hannah Twomey produced the pizazz Thursday.
A Kettle Run senior, Twomey delighted her girls lacrosse teammates by making an over-the-shoulder goal midway through the first half. In fact, it was one of three goals she scored during a pivotal run that sparked the Cougars' 19-7 win over the Eastern View Cyclones on the road in Culpeper.
"That was so nice," Foudray said. "The entire team was so impressed."
"That's like the hardest shot," Rodgers said.
She would know. Rodgers and Foudray have combined for an astounding 326 goals in their careers.
Twomey will never catch Rodgers or Foudray in the career-scoring column, but she played one of the best games of her life Thursday. She finished with four goals and two assists.
"I've never had a game like this," Twomey said. "I felt good going in."
She scored her first goal during the fifth minute of the first half, breaking a 2-2 tie and sparking a 9-0 run for the Cougars.
"That was one of our goals," Rodgers said. "We wanted to come out strong and take the lead – kind of shake their confidence and get comfortable."
During that 9-0 stretch, Twomey assisted a Foudray goal that gave Kettle Run a 6-2 lead and made that over-the-shoulder goal less than a minute later for a 7-2 advantage. She soon added another goal for a 9-2 lead.
"She was on fire tonight," Cougars coach Joanie DeGoosh said.
With four goals and an assist in the first half, Twomey helped Kettle Run build a 13-4 lead by halftime. The Cougars (4-2) out-shot Eastern View (2-2) in the first half, 22-9, and finished the game with 33 shots to the Cyclones' 16.
Foudray scored a game-high seven goals to give her 134 career goals, while Rodgers' five goals increased her career total to 192 (61 assists).
"We feed off each other," Twomey said. "That's the biggest thing."
As a team, Kettle Run has averaged 18.8 goals per game over its past four games. With that production, the Cougars appear poised to repeat their success from last season. They won the 2013 Evergreen District title with a 10-0 district record and finished with a 12-4 mark overall.
Following that season, DeGoosh lost only two senior starters to graduation.
"We have the potential to be one of the greatest teams I've played on at this school," Foudray, a senior, said. "We just have a lot of great girls."
To wit, senior Shannon Mitchell is Kettle Run's third leading scorer this season (12 goals behind Foudray's 31 and Rodgers' 23), but the Cougars didn't need a single goal from her Thursday. Instead, Blair McAvoy scored twice against Eastern View and Kiana Walker added one goal.
The Cougars scored some of their goals in transition, but they also functioned well in their offensive sets.
Plus, Kettle Run won 18 of 28 draws with Rodgers as center midfielder and, defensively, limited Eastern View's scoring opportunities.
"I'm really impressed with how much we've improved from last year," Rodgers, a junior, said. "Sliding our defense, g etting to the ball quicker, little stuff like angling our bodies so we can see the ball and our [defensive assignment] faster. Just increasing our efficiency all over the field."
Even when the Cyclones got near the crease, Kettle Run goalie Laura O'Toole often kept them from scoring. Kara Peters, Jenny Bosserman and Camryn Clore scored two goals each for Eastern View, but O'Toole finished with nine saves.
The Cougars have allowed an average of only five goals per game over their past four contests after beginning the season with a 19-13 loss to Freedom and a 17-6 loss to Loudoun County.
"A couple losses, it just gave us a lot of energy and excitement to go into the rest of our season full throttle and just get those wins," Foudray said.
"So many snow days. That was definitely a factor in our first few games," Rodgers said. "Now outside, we really got to fine-tune some of our field sense."
The height of those Loudoun teams also posed a problem for the Cougars, DeGoosh said. Luckily, once the playoffs begin, those teams are in the Class 5-1A North Zone (region equivalent) while Kettle Run is in the South Zone.
Plus, Kettle Run appears to be the favorite to win the Battlefield Zone (conference equivalent).
Perhaps even with some flair.
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