Kennedy, Shaffner lift St. Mary's to 11-5 win Mt. de Sales next in Friendship final

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

St. Mary's girls lacrosse coach Tina Lewnes says that life after Randall Goldsborough hasn't really changed that much.

The coach misses the enthusiasm and quickness of the former lacrosse standout, now at Maryland. But when it comes to putting points on the scoreboard, Merri Kennedy and Elizabeth Shaffner are filling in quite nicely.

Yesterday, in the first round of the seventh annual Mount de Sales Friendship Tournament, Kennedy scored five goals and added two assists, and Shaffner added three goals and an assist to lead the sixth-ranked Saints to an 11-5 win over Archbishop Spalding.

St. Mary's advances to today's 3 p.m. title game against four-time defending tournament champion Mount de Sales, an 18-6 winner over the Institute of Notre Dame in the other first-round game.

"We miss her [Goldsborough] speed and her spirit, but Kennedy's been very consistent at first home," said Lewnes. "We haven't had to change that much."

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. Then, after Emily McManus scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 9-3, Shaffner scored the last of her three goals to break Spalding's momentum and seal the win.

Mary Sutton also added two goals for the Saints (5-1).

"Last year, we depended on Randall a lot on offense," said Kennedy. "This year, we pass the ball around more and work the offense. It's more of a group effort."

The Saints (5-1) came out of the gate quickly, scoring the game's first

five goals, and never looked back, extending their lead to as much as eight before coasting to the win.

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

In the first game, Giovanna Webster scored eight goals and had an assist and Amy Buck had five goals and two assists to lead No. 13 Mount de Sales to an 18-6 win over IND.

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

"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, just 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, who added that once her team had put the game out of reach, they used the occasion to work out the kinks in their passing.

"We were able to work on some things that we don't normally have the chance to work on during a game," Webster added.

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 always better when you're at home," said Held. "The girls are more relaxed."

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