Forget the fact that they were on the short end of a 16-4 score at the hands of their archrival, and instead focus on the positive.
That's the attitude of veteran coach Ann Wallace, and that's the reasonshe always has been able to wade through the tough times and transform an unpleasant situation into a satisfying one. She did it with girls field hockey at Severn School, and now she's about to do it in women's lacrosse at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Wallace is head coach of the Navy team and is building a program from the ground up. She started the program three years ago, and Saturday the Lady Mids played their first road game.
Yes, they got hammered by that hated bunch from West Point called Army, but rather than dwell on the score, Wallace emphasized the positives.
"It was one of those games where I couldn't have asked for anything more from kids who had never played under such circumstances," said Wallace, calling from West Point to the the 24-hour Sportsline (647-2499).
"Itwas our first away game ever, so we made history. Nine out of our 20players had never seen a college lacrosse game much less a women's lacrosse game, or any lacrosse game at all. So, I think we did fairly well."
Now that's being positive.
"They were a little scared and excited to start out with, and we had to settle things down at halftime," Wallace added. "After a tough first half (8-1 deficit), we goton the mark in the second half and it was an 8-3 half, which I thought was pretty respectable."
Old Mill graduate Kim Walz tallied three of Navy's goals with only four shots, while Tracie Andusiak scoredher first goal.
Walz is one of three local products on the Navy squad, along with Cheryl Herrick of Severn and Lillian Villenez of Severna Park.
Also, goalie Janet Vincent, peppered by the Cadets who unloaded 30 shots on the Mids' cage, had 10 saves. In comparison, Navy took only nine shots.
"It was a pretty exciting weekend for the girls at West Point, so that makes it all worth it," said Wallace, who is a full-time employee of the Sports for Understanding international exchange group in Washington.
The Navy women are home this weekend, playing Villa Julie College at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by Loyola College's club team at noon Sunday. All Navy home games are played at Dewey Field on the academy grounds.
* In junior college baseball, Anne Arundel Community College bombed host Frederick (6-10) in adoubleheader by scores of 15-5 and 14-1 to run its overall record to15-5 and 6-3 in the Maryland Juco Conference.
Ex-Arundel High first baseman Jerry Nicklow and shortstop Andy Srebroski, a Northeast alumnus, combined to knock in 10 of the runs in the first game. Nicklowwas 4-for-5 with a double, a dinger, six RBI and scored twice, whileSrebroski knocked in four and scored two on his two hits.
Former All-County left-hander Jimmy Simms (Old Mill) spun a seven-hitter over five innings in the first game to improve his record to 4-1. Simms struck out one and did not walk a batter while giving up three runs, one earned.
Another county freshman, Mark Fearing, a right-hander from Annapolis, finished up giving up one earned run on three walks, a strikeout and no hits.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers head coach Clayton Jacobson erupted for nine runs in the fourth frame. Severna Park product Kevin Schiavone went 3-for-4, including a double with five RBI, while Jason Sigler of Broadneck drove in three runs, stole a pair of bases and scored twice.
Another Broadneck grad, Dwayne Hoytlifted his record to 2-1 -- going the distance on a three-hitter to complete the sweep. Hoyt walked three and struck out four. The only run was unearned.
* On the high school scene, defending Class 2A state champion Northeast (3-1) meets unbeaten Class 4A contender Old Mill (3-0) at 7 tonight at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.
The two teams had their first Cannon meeting on a Friday night last spring, butit was stopped by the Cannon Stadium curfew. Old Mill had a one-run lead when play was stopped. But when they finished the game a couple of weeks later, Northeast, which was on the way to a perfect 24-0 season, got a booming two-run double from Russ Curry in its final at-batto win, 6-5. Curry now plays at Anne Arundel Community College.
The next scheduled high school game at Cannon Stadium involving an Anne Arundel County school is Thursday, April 16, with The Baltimore Sun's No. 2-ranked Mount St. Joseph (4-0) of Baltimore playing Archbishop Spalding (3-1) in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game.
Anne Arundel Community College plays the new Community Collegeof Baltimore at Cannon this Thursday. Certainly, for those of you who can't get tickets to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, it's a lot cheaper and more convenient to catch one of these top-notch amateur games at Cannon Stadium.