New Anne Arundel Community College women's lacrosse coach Lacy Frazer is annoyed by her team's slow starts this season.
She does, however, love the fast finishes.
Anne Arundel improved to 2-0 Friday afternoon by again rallying from behind, this time to overtake visiting Skidmore (N.Y.), 10-4.
Last weekend, the Pioneers surrendered three early goals to Harford Community College before prevailing, 14-7.
"I'm convinced we reallytake five to 10 minutes to gel and warm up our legs," said Frazer, who inherited the program when Patti Hanzook resigned after last season.
The hottest Pioneers Friday were Megan McElhenny and Roxanne Elsey, who each scored three goals against a Skidmore defense that suffered numerous breakdowns.
Elsey, a Broadneck graduate, also had the team's lone assist when she fed Beth Moore from behind the net for the game's final goal with 25 seconds remaining.
"We were more tightly marked in this game. When that happens, you take advantage of a one-on-one running situation," Frazer said.
"I really felt everybody played a smart game. However, our basics are still our biggest problem --passing, catching, picking up balls. Working with a new team, you have to start with basics and work your way up."
Anne Arundel had to work its way back from a 2-0 deficit after a pair of goals from Skidmore's Alex Ladd in the opening 15 minutes.
The visitors nearly had a third goal, but Kelly Silberg's shot struck the top post.
"I don't know what happened in this game," Elsey said, laughing. "We just looked like crap. We played good at the end, though."
Freshman keeper Shannon Pastrana, an All-County selection last year at Broadneck, said the Pioneers hadn't "gotten into the flow of things."
"It just took a while for everything to click. It wasn't anything toworry about," she said, after stopping nine Skidmore shots.
Pastrana admitted she's still adjusting to the junior college game.
"It's been a lot tougher than I thought it would be," she said. "The level is so high. The players are phenomenal at this level; they're great, their shots are great. But along with them improving, I'll improvea little bit, and maybe our levels will match up."
Elsey scored Anne Arundel's first goal when she circled in frontof Skidmore keeper Suzette Soboti (four saves) and dumped a shot into the net.
Pastrana made consecutive saves on shots from Cindy Robinson, and the Pioneers' Karen Cord (Arundel) tied the game on a goal at the 20-minute mark.
Sharon Orendorf (Arundel), one of four sophomores on the team,broke the tie 10 seconds later when she sped by two Thoroughbred defenders and flipped a shot over Soboti's head and into the net.
McElhenny (South River) then closed the half with two late goals, firstrebounding a Cord miss and then beating Soboti with a scoop shot.
Anne Arundel scored on its first four shots of the second half to build a 9-3 lead and ruin Skidmore's season-opener.
"I'm very happy with the start so far, but I think we can play better," Frazer said. "I have high aspirations for this team. I think once we start mastering the basics, this team could be undefeated. That would be my goal, an undefeated season."
Lisa Renaud, a Seton Keough graduate, also scored for Anne Arundel, which travels to Goucher College for a Thursday afternoon game.