This story was corrected at 2 p.m. April 17. An explanation follows the story.
Anything above 10 points is generally considered a solid outing for a basketball player. Twelve points means two touchdowns for a running back, not a bad day’s work on the gridiron. For a lacrosse midfielder, a hat trick typically indicates a productive effort on offense.
So when Madison midfielder Katie Kerrigan saw her 15th goal of the day crash into the lacrosse net, you might think she just etched her name into the Guinness Book of World Records. Perhaps she did, but the record wouldn’t be for a single game. Kerrigan’s sixth goal against Lake Braddock helped Madison coast to a 17-9 win over the Bruins on Wednesday evening, the Warhawks’ third victory of a long day in the office.
“After three games, especially for midfielders like me, it was definitely tiring,” Kerrigan said. “I wasn’t really as fast as usual, but you’ve just got to push through it and just try to change your game a little bit. On offense we’re just running through a little bit and holding the ball just to get our energy back up.”
Madison’s first game of the condensed Centreville Spring Break Tournament was its most grueling. The Warhawks faced fellow unbeaten Westfield in a chilly 10 a.m. contest that would have left penguins shivering. Both teams jumped out of the gate at a head-spinning pace, producing a 4-4 tie after just the first five minutes of play. Madison junior Kierra Sweeney recorded three of those goals, a prelude to her decisive tally with under two minutes to go in the game. That final goal, her fifth of the morning, earned the Warhawks a 16-15 win.
Madison’s girls (7-0) demonstrated resolve in winning their first close game of the season, but they also proved they can prevail under unusual circumstances. Referees seemed especially strict on checking around the goal, forcing Madison’s aggressive defenders to rely more on Westfield’s mistakes than their own ability to take the ball away.
Compounding those difficulties was the Warhawks’ struggle to come away with draw controls. Westfield’s eagerness to keep the ball put Madison in the unusual position of playing on its heels.
“I think that we had possession way less than Westfield did, but we were able to capitalize on the opportunities that we had,” Madison coach Amanda Counts said. “We were finishing in front of the goal. I think they realized how critical it was to follow through all the way to goal on every opportunity.”
Madison returned to the field four hours later for a matchup with Centreville. But if the home side thought they might benefit from a letdown game, they were in for a rude awakening. The Warhawks breezed to a routine 20-8 victory, then found themselves back on the field less than an hour later against Lake Braddock. Madison showcased its depth in its final outing, rotating all 25 players into a game they led 13-3 by halftime.
The 17-9 win over Lake Braddock marked the defending state champions’ 24th consecutive victory. That streak keeps them hungry, as does the prize at the end of the road.
“I think just wanting to win another state championship and stay undefeated motivates us enough to get through every single practice and work hard in order to win all the games,” Kerrigan said.
Correction: Katie Kerrigan scored 15 goals during the day.