Farmer can't save North County, 4-3 Girls lacrosse

April 06, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

When the girls lacrosse game between Chesapeake and North County concluded yesterday, Cougars coach Jim Buchan bypassed several North County players during the usual post-game handshake and went directly to goalkeeper Joy Farmer.

Buchan told the junior she turned in one of the best performances he has witnessed by a goalie in recent years.

But Farmer's 21 saves weren't enough for North County as the Knights (1-1) wasted an early 2-0 lead and dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 14 Chesapeake (3-0).

"I just concentrated because they took a lot of hard shots," said Farmer, who made 10 saves before the Cougars scored. "But I really wanted to win the game."

Chesapeake opened with a offensive burst in the first three minutes, taking two close-range shots -- one on a penalty shot and the other by Amy Cunningham. But Farmer rejected both direct shots.

North County answered with a goal 1 1/2 minutes later as Lisa Martin hit attacker Jen McGuire with a pass and the senior hurled a shot past Amanda Vernon.

The Knights went ahead, 2-0, 5 1/2 minutes later on an unassisted goal from Jaime Dembeck.

Then Chesapeake reeled off nine consecutive shots during the next 14 minutes, all stopped by Farmer, before scoring on the 10th when Denise Perrone made it 2-1 on a penalty shot.

"I think she played very well," Buchan said of Farmer. "She moves well in the goal and was always there to make the save."

The Cougars had another offensive spurt, starting the second half with seven shots during the first six minutes. During that span, Chesapeake notched two goals -- one by Cunningham and another from Perrone -- to take a 3-2 advantage.

North County failed to take advantage of two breakaways midway through the second half when Chesapeake's Vernon rejected two direct shots. But the Knights tied it when Melanie McMullen scored at 10:25.

In the last eight minutes, Farmer stopped Chesapeake four times, twice on penalty shots, and North County's defense foiled a fifth opportunity when a Cougar player failed to convert right outside the crease.

Chesapeake, however, scored the game-winner with 1:40 remaining when Laura Hemmings fed Lori Wlodarczyk from behind the goal and the junior attacker put it past Farmer.

"I was disappointed with our performance," said North County coach Tom Taylor, whose team beat Southern, 12-10, in its season opener.

"We are a much better team than we displayed today. A majority of the game was played on our side of the field. This wasn't the same team that beat Southern. But when you give up only four goals, you have to play good defense."

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