No. 13 Mount de Sales upsets No. 6 St. Mary's, 9-6 Tirocchi leads Sailors to Friendship title Girls lacrosse

April 19, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

An old saying goes, "It's better to be lucky than good."

Yesterday, in the finals of the Mount de Sales Friendship Tournament, the host and 13th-ranked Sailors were a little of both in their 9-6 upset of No. 6 St. Mary's.

Lucky in that they gave up nearly twice as many shots as they took (27-16), yet never found themselves down by more than two goals.

And good in that keeper Audrey Powers played well in goal, and third man Chrissy Tirocchi picked up the slack for leading scorers Giovanna Webster and Amy Buck, both double-teamed throughout.

"I'm not sure if we really beat them or we were just lucky," said Mount de Sales coach Bill Held. "Whatever it is, I'm excited about it."

And with good reason.

The win improved the Sailors' record to 12-0, and marked the fifth straight year they've won or shared the tournament title.

It was also the fourth time this season they've defeated a ranked team. Since 1991, Mount de Sales is 41-9, with eight losses coming to teams ranked No. 12 or better.

In the early going yesterday, it looked as if that total might climb to nine. The Saints (5-2) took a 2-0 lead in the first 1:40 on goals from Merri Kennedy.

According to Tirocchi, facing one of the area's top teams and the pressure of defending the championship made the early going a nerve-racking experience.

"We were a little nervous," said the senior. "We wanted to stay champions. But once teams start scoring on us, we usually come right back."

And Tirocchi made sure of that.

With 14:43 to play in the half, she took a pass from Buck and fired it past Saints goalie Anedra Wiseman to make it 2-1. Buck tied the game minutes later with a goal.

But goals by Julie Keuhn and Kennedy put Mount de Sales behind, 4-2, early in the second half.

"We were so concerned about setting up our defense that they were blowing right past us," said Held, whose team was outshot 12-7 in the first half. "St. Mary's is just a power team."

But it wasn't long before the Sailors were showing off their own power.

In the next 13 minutes they scored five consecutive goals to take a 7-4 lead with 10:40 remaining.

Tirocchi led the Sailors with three goals and an assist. Buck added two goals and an assist and Paige Regan also scored two goals.

Kennedy led St. Mary's with four goals, and scored nine in her two tournament games.

"It was a big game," said Powers. "I had some butterflies in the beginning, but my defense helped out a lot."

The Institute of Notre Dame, which lost to Mount de Sales, 18-6, Saturday, beat Archbishop Spalding, 7-6, in the consolation game.

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