St. Paul's surprises Seton Keough, 12-6 Girls lacrosse

April 09, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Since only one starter returned from last year's defense, St. Paul's girls lacrosse coach Sandy Hoody expected her more experienced offense to step to the front.

In only the team's fourth game, however, the Gators' young defense showed yesterday that it isn't too far behind.

Host and 11th-ranked St. Paul's held No. 9 Seton Keough to 12 shots while taking 29 of its own en route to a 12-6 Association of Independent Schools A Division West win.

"We were just more aggressive than they were," said Hoody, whose team controlled the tempo by winning the majority of ground balls. "The kids were focused. This is a very young team, but the attack has really come through. I'm tickled with their play."

Once the attack put the Gators into the lead, the defense kept them there.

Trailing 3-1 midway through the first half, St. Paul's (2-0 in the division, 3-1 overall) scored four unanswered goals, including two from Tice Burke in 1:56 to give the Gators the lead for good.

Burke scored three of her game-high four goals in the first half.

"I got a lot of help from the other players," Burke said. "They came over and picked my girl off me to get me open."

In the second half, the Gators put their game into overdrive.

Leading 6-5 early in the half, St. Paul's began controlling ground balls and working its offense to score six of the next seven goals for the final margin.

Joanna Khouri and Kim Rhodes each scored two of their three goals in the second half.

For Seton Keough (0-2, 0-4), which has dropped three of its games to ranked opponents and the fourth to highly regarded Mount de Sales, it was a case of again coming up a little short.

"The ground balls hurt us," said Seton Keough coach Sue Behringer. "It wasn't their first shot that did the damage, but the second and third. Our goalie kept us in the game."

Becky Brauns made 14 saves, including 11 in a second half when St. Paul's kept the pressure on most of the way.

For St. Paul's, the strong play on both offense and defense was a welcome, and somewhat unexpected, surprise.

"We're really starting to come together," Khouri said. "Last year our defense was definitely up there, but this year it's a lot of new, young girls. In the beginning we had to help out a lot, but each game they just get better and better."

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