Wright bounces Bel Air, 13-6 Hard work pays off for Mustangs in win

April 06, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Bounce shots. Bounce shots.

After a season of watching her players shoot at goalies, C. Milton Wright girls lacrosse coach Kathy Breymaier wanted to see more bounce shots this season.

So the Mustangs tried them yesterday against Bel Air. Only one problem. The ball wouldn't bounce.

In the first half, the ground in front of Bel Air's crease was so soft, the ball just stuck.

The Mustangs (2-0) took a while to adjust, but not too long. They never trailed en route to a 13-6 victory in the non-league game between the two Harford County rivals.

"We're really a bounce-shot team," said the Mustangs' Amanda McCulloch. "I thought our defense did a great job in the first half, because [Bel Air's offensive end] was the better half of the field. That should have given them an advantage, but it didn't."

Debbie Keiser and Kristen Shrader gave the Mustangs a quick 2-0 lead. The Bobcats (1-2) managed to score three times in the first half, but the Mustangs countered with four more for a 6-3 halftime lead. The Bobcats never got closer.

Stronger defensively, especially at double-teaming the ball, the Mustangs overpowered Bel Air with their speed and experience.

On their field for only the second time this season, the Mustangs relied on eight seniors and nine returning starters.

Seniors Julie Jakum and Sara Pokrywka had four goals and an assist each, and Kim Dribnack added three goals.

Center Jakum and attack wing Pokrywka often out-ran the Bobcats' defense to shoot on rookie goalkeeper Jamie Kunkel (10 saves).

"The hardest thing to defend against was their speed," said Bel Air defender Heather Lloyd. "They're just so fast. We had to pick them up quickly."

The Mustangs, who outshot Bel Air 28-15, had only four assists.

"We need more passing," said Jakum. "That would help us clear out the space [in front of the goal]. Right now, some people have to work a little too hard to get that shot off."

But Breymaier said she expected the teamwork to improve with more practice.

"The kids have a lot of potential, but we have some kids who have not played lacrosse before," said Breymaier, who started two newcomers, freshman Becky Gerhardt and junior Amanda Fouts, a transfer from the track team.

"We're very aggressive going for the ball and we get most of the ground balls. Most of our defensive players do not want the other people to get the ball. With a little more time on the field, I think we'll be fine."

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