Webster, Buck shoot Sailors to tourney final Girls lacrosse

April 18, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Mount de Sales' Giovanna Webster and Amy Buck rarely hesitate when there's a good shot to be taken.

Both have a nose for the nets, as evidenced by their current ranking as the Nos. 1 and 2 girls lacrosse scorers in the metro area. Individually, stopping them is a chore.

Put them together, and it's all but impossible.

Yesterday, at the seventh annual Mount de Sales Friendship Tournament, the Institute of Notre Dame found out first hand.

Webster had eight goals and an assist, and Buck added five goals and two assists to pace the 13th-ranked Sailors to an 18-6 win over IND.

The four-time defending tournament champions advance to today's 3 p.m. title game against No. 6 St. Mary's, an 11-5 winner over Archbishop Spalding in the other first-round game.

Webster and Buck led an attack that outshot the Indians (1-5), 32-17, and controlled nearly every facet of the game.

L "They're a great combination," said Sailors coach Bill Held.

"I think Webster has one of the best shots from in front of the goal in the state. They work well together."

Webster, a senior headed for West Chester University in the fall, and Buck, a sophomore, helped their team turn things around after falling behind 2-1 early in the game.

After Paige Regan (three goals, one assists) scored to tie the game at 2, Buck then gave Mount de Sales (11-0) the lead for good with a goal 18:03 before halftime.

Webster then scored her first two goals of the day and the rout was on.

"We knew if we played hard we could beat them," said Buck.

In the second game, Merri Kennedy had five goals and two assists to lead St. Mary's to an 11-5 win over Spalding.

The Saints (5-1) came out of the gate quickly, scoring the game's first five goals and coasting to the win.

But to St. Mary's coach Tina Lewnes, this game was no easier than any other.

"You try to get them to play on the level their capable of the whole way," said Lewnes, who added that not much has changed offensively since the graduation of standout Randall Goldsborough, now at Maryland.

"We miss her speed and her spirit, but Kennedy's been very consistent at first home."

Kennedy scored the first two goals of the game and the first two of the second half to help stake the Saints to a 9-1 lead. Elizabeth Shaffner added three goals and an assist and Mary Sutton added two goals.

Emily McManas scored three goals to lead Spalding (3-4).

Today's game will mark the first time since 1989 that Mount de Sales and St. Mary's have met for the tournament crown. That year, the Sailors pulled out a 7-6 win.

Held says that being the host team has its advantages.

"It's our own field, our own tournament," said Held. "It's always better when you're at home. The girls are more relaxed."

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