LAKEWOOD | Maeve Callahan faced Dakota Ridge’s leading scorer coming at her like a freight train with nobody in her way inside the final minute of Friday’s girls lacrosse playoff thriller.
Grandview’s sophomore goalie had only a second to react and she did so with a fluid slide to her right and dip of her stick that snared Tia Krats’ shot that was headed towards the lower corner of the goal.
Callahan’s save preserved the Wolves’ one-goal advantage and they killed off the remaining seconds to for a 10-9 victory in a second round state playoff contest. It was the first postseason victory in Grandview postseason history — the Wolves exited in the first round in their seven previous trips — and produced a trip to the state quarterfinals.
“It was kindof scary, I was like ‘Oh man, if she scores, we’re going to overtime, so this is all on me,'” said Callahan, who finished with 10 saves.
“Then she shot and all of a sudden, I saved it. It was amazing.”
Senior Megan Matthews scored four goals, junior Dani Armitage had two goals and two assists and freshman Mandy Brockamp also scored twice for coach Kevin Mortimer’s Grandview team, which improved to 12-4 and officially doubled last season’s win total.
Grandview earned a spot in the final eight and will oppose Cherry Creek in a 6 p.m. quarterfinal contest May 15 at Stutler Bowl. The Wolves dropped a 20-8 decision to the Bruins on April 24, but feel like they are ready for the challenge.
To get there, they had to get through the tense late moments of a game they were in control of after an eight-goal first half, which was fueled by the strong work done on faceoffs by Matthews and fellow senior Kylie Thompson.
A 10-7 lead with five minutes left got cut down to one after a Krats steal turned into a goal by Kailee Lammers for Dakota Ridge and Logan Triplett bounced one past Callahan with 3:53 remaining in regulation.
Grandview failed to control any of the faceoffs in the closing minutes, which gave the Eagles their opportunity to rally.
With the ball inside the final minute, the Wolves tried to keep possession and run out the clock, but Armitage was trapped against the sideline with Dakota Ridge defenders all around her. Her attempt to pass back to a teammate was snared by Krats, who had an unimpeded run at the goal from midfield, but was denied by Callahan.
“I made that horrible pass and she (Callahan) saved me, she completely covered me,” Armitage said. “I guess that’s what a team is for. That’s why I play team sports, for that backup, that support, that family.”
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(9) GRANDVIEW 10, (8) DAKOTA RIDGE 9
Score by halves:
Grandview 8 2 — 10
Dakota Ridge 5 4 — 9
Grandview goals: Megan Matthews 4, Dani Armitage 2, Mandy Brockamp 2, Sydney Pfefer, Kylie Thompson. Dakota Ridge goals: Tia Krats 4, Kailee Lammers 3, Logan Triplett, Emily Venturini. Grandview assists: Armitage 2, Brockamp. Dakota Ridge assists: Krats, Lammers, Rachel Steinman, Venturini. Grandview saves: Maeve Callahan (19 shots on goal-10 saves). Dakota Ridge saves: Kendall Garcia (17 shots on goal-7 saves)