Severn's Emily Rohrbach spoke softly after her squad's 18-15 lacrosse victory over St. Mary's Saturday. But only moments earlier, she hadcarried a very big and potent stick.
She's barely 5-foot-1 and weighs only 9O pounds, but the 18-year-old was unstoppable, scoring nine goals and assisting on two others to hand the Saints (3-3) their third loss in the last two weeks.
So effective was the tiny senior that in giving her squad its final tally on her ninth goal for an 18-10 lead, she had scored nearly as much as the entire Saints' offense, with a full 15 minutes left in the game.
"This is our biggest game that we get psyched up for, which helped, because I haven't played this well in a long time," said Rohrbach, who had six goals and an assist in the first half. Her effort raised her season goal total to a team-leading 28. "I've been working more on my shot, but I really hadn't been able to shoot as well as I'd like to until today."
The Admirals (4-1-2 overall, 2-0-1 in the Association of Independent Schools League) trailed 8-7 midway through the first half, when the diminutive forward sparked her squad for four unanswered goals and an 11-8 lead.
Rohrbach netted three ofthose goals -- assisted twice by teammate Suzanne Weinberg (three goals, five assists) -- before feeding Weinberg to end the scoring spree.
St. Mary's, which led 2-0 early in the game, capped the first half scoring with a goal by Randall Goldsborough (three goals) and trailed 11-9 to start the second half.
But Rohrbach took just 56 seconds of that frame to re-establish her dominance, sneaking behind Saints' goalkeeper Amy Pardo (nine saves) to make it 12-9. Her relay to Kristin Gillis increased the Admirals' lead to 13-9.
The Saints' Mandy Lewis scored her fourth goal of the game to bring her squad to within 13-10, but an emotionally charged Severn squad stormed back on tallies by Anne Schorreck (three goals) and Rohrbach, respectively, who ignited a 5-0 run. The barrage included goals by Kristina Brill, Weinberg and the final one by Rohrbach.
"We're so used to playing with each other that it's like reading each other's minds. We made eachother look good," said Weinberg, who has both 18 goals and assists on the year. Schorreck raised her goal total to 25. "Everyone did their job today from the goalie all the way down to first home. Our midfield, our defense and our attack did what they had to do. Wewanted this game and everything clicked today."
By contrast, the St. Mary's offense lacked continuity. Although the Admirals held only a slight advantage in shots, 30-27, the Saints' offense suffered from sporadic and individual goal rushes. All but one of the St. Mary's goals were unassisted.
"You can't go through four or five people. To score, you've got to use your passing game," said St. Mary's coach Tina Lewnes, whose Saints have now lost as many games as in last year's 12-3 season.
"They forgot a lot of the basic things and that killed us today. Like how to take a free position shot in and shoot. How to fake out a goalie and not shoot right at her. Then (Severn) got up by so much that we hung our heads."
St. Mary's scored five times in the last eight minutes, led by Stephanie Schummer and Dara McNew -- each with two goals in that stretch. But Goldsborough's goal with eight seconds left in the game was the Saints' last as the Admirals held on towin.
Schummer ended with three goals and an assist, and McNew andKristin Bowman had two each.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Saints, who still must face tough teams from Harford County's John Carroll as well as the county 4A league's Old Mill, Annapolis, Broadneck and state champion Severna Park.