C.M. Wright routs Joppatowne Double teams seal 11-3 win Girls lacrosse

April 20, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Chalk this win up to the defense.

C. Milton Wright's girls lacrosse team held Joppatowne scoreless until the final 15 minutes of yesterday's game en route to an 11-3 victory.

The host Mustangs (5-0) used swarming double teams to keep the Joppatowne Mariners (1-4) off balance from the start. All of the defenders got into the act -- point Amy Hypes, cover point Julie Smith, third man Debbie Keiser, wings Amanda Fouts and Becky Gerhardt and center Julie Jakum.

"We've been working on our double teams and that's the key to our defense," said Smith. "The more double teams we get, the fewer good shots they can get off."

Mustangs keeper Carmen Kinard made 13 saves, including several fine efforts. But she got a lot of help from a defense that kept the Mariners from placing their shots well.

"I was really pleased with the defense [yesterday]," said C. M. Wright's coach Kathy Breymaier. "Carmen had eight saves in the first half. Even though Joppatowne wasn't really getting good shots off because of our defense, it would have been a different game if they had scored on some of those early shots."

Instead, the Mustangs ran up a 6-0 halftime lead and added one more before the Mariners scored their first goal. They outshot Joppatowne, 39-18.

Jakum scored five goals including three in the first half. The Mustangs struck quickly as Amanda McCulloch fed Jakum off the initial draw just 14 seconds into the game.

Stacey Milton added two goals and McCulloch another in the half. Willow Waldrop scored two and Gerhardt added one in the second half.

Jakum scored on a pass from Kim Dribnack for a 7-0 lead with 17:33 left. The Mustangs then worked the ball behind their goal trying to run time off the clock. Although they had better success with it later in the game, the plan initially backfired.

Joppatowne got a turnover to set up its first goal, Kim Cosby finally shooting one past Kinard on a back-hand scoop.

Betty Ann Pearce and Eva Pierorazio, on an assist from Crystal Carr, scored the final Joppatowne goals. Keeper Karen Lemley kept the game closer than it could have been with 19 saves.

While the Mustangs have a roster heavy with seniors, the Mariners are struggling a bit to blend a wealth of sophomore talent with six starting upperclassmen.

"We are starting to communicate better," said Carr, one of three starting seniors. "But we have to work on our midfield connections. We can get the ball out of our defense to our midfield, but we're having trouble getting it to the attack."

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