Archmere's Maura Smeader makes a save against Padua

Archmere's Maura Smeader makes a save against Padua

Archmere's Maura Smeader pitched a second-half shutout to complete a 17-save gem as the Auks reached their first DIAA Girls Lacrosse Championship Game with a 9-3 win over Padua.

Padua's Jordan Bramble scored the first goal on an inside dodge just 90 seconds into the contest, but then things got very difficult for the Pandas offense.

Smeader made several clutch saves, including on some free-position chances, as the Pandas would not score for the next 17 minutes.

Things weren't going a whole lot better on the other end for Archmere, who had to contend with Aimee Cathers in next, but Caroline Donovan split a double-team at the 22:16 mark to tie the game.

She then fed a cutting Kate Olsen who threw home another goal as the Auks took a lead they'd never surrender.

There would only be one goal in the next 13 minutes of play, but it came from Donovan, who pushed the lead to 3-1.

After Archmere was called for a penalty, Padua took advantage soon after the Auks went back to even stretch, as Ava Ruggieri scored to get back within a goal.

Meghan Riley answered with a goal as she spun fron behind the net, and then a back-spin gave her the space to make it 4-2.

Olsen added another goal, but Padua's Rachel Delate earned a free-position chance with 25 seconds to go before halftime, and after she scored, the Pandas had life at 5-3.

Unfortunately for the Pandas, that would not be the halftime score, as Archmere won the ensuing faceoff, and Donovan hustled in and found the net to complete a first-half hat-trick, and a 6-3 lead at the half.

Amazingly, Delate's goal would be Padua's final tally of the night, as Smeader made 10 second-half saves, while Archmere's offense played some impressive keep-away.

Olsen scored her 3rd goal of the game on a back-spin move two minutes into the quarter, but the game then stayed 8-3 for the next 17 minutes, until Olsen's 4th goal of the game made it 8-3.

On the other end, Smeader made two more point-blank sved, and Olsen fed Donovan who launched a high-power shot from about 10 yards away to complete the scoring.

Donovan and Olsen both had 4 goals and an assist for Archmere, who advanced to face Cape Henlopen, a 16-11 winner over Ursuline in the other semifinal, Thursday night at 7pm at Dover.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).