St. Mary's stops Spalding

April 07, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

St. Mary's couldn't put away girls lacrosse rival Archbishop Spalding in the first half yesterday, but the second half was a different story.

The Saints took a quick four-goal, but Spalding cut the deficit to one by the end of the first half.

But in the second half, the sixth-ranked Saints (3-0) had everything going, scoring five unanswered goals in the first 14 minutes to pull away en route to a 14-7 victory over Spalding (3-2).

The game was was played at Spalding because of the poor field conditions on the Saints' home field.

"I don't think we played up to our potential in the first half," said St. Mary's coach Tina Lewnes, whose team let Spalding score three goals in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the half to close the deficit to 5-4.

"We dropped too many balls and we weren't catching. But our passing got us through in the second half, and they concentrated on catching."

Senior attacker Krissy Zurflah scored four goals for St. Mary's and four other Saints had two goals apiece. Spalding's Alice Matos scored a hat trick and teammate Emily McManas added two goals.

"I think our attack is well balanced," Lewnes said. "We don't rely on one player."

Mary Sutton passed to a wide-open Meghan Coakley in front of the Spalding goal, and the senior hurled a shot past goalie Angie Frazetti 2:47 into the second half to give her team a 6-4 lead and vTC start the St. Mary's blitz.

The Saints scored four more goals during the next 7:39 to take a 10-4 lead and put the game out of reach.

St Mary's led in ground balls (23-7) and shots on goal (25-22).

"We made it easy for them. We didn't play our best game," said Spalding coach Mary Pat Bozel, whose team had beaten IND, 17-9, Howard, 15-11, and Central of Canada, 13-4, this season. "St. Mary's definitely outplayed us. I think they came back and played better in the second half."

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