This time, Franklin makes it close Johnson carries Perry Hall to hard-fought 9-5 victory Girls lacrosse

April 24, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

After losing to Perry Hall by 15 goals last year, Franklin's girls lacrosse team was determined to play much tighter defense against the Gators yesterday.

Sparked by Angie Castro's 19 saves, the Indians' defense kept Franklin close. But there was one person it couldn't stop: the Gators' high-scoring center, Kerri Johnson.

A two-time All-Metro second-team selection, Johnson led the host Gators to a 9-5 victory yesterday in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A league game.

Franklin double- and triple-teamed her, but she dodged and ducked through the coverage time after time. In a 7-1 first half, she scored four goals and assisted on one, but her most important goals came late in the game.

The Indians (3-2 overall, 2-1 league) scored the first four goals of the second half and cut the Gators' lead to 7-5. Franklin held the Gators (4-1, 3-0) scoreless for almost 21 minutes of the second half.

"At halftime, I think we thought we had it," said Gators defender Amie Stone. "When they didn't let us score, we realized we had to come back and play hard."

Johnson ended the Indians' comeback hopes, scoring on a free position with 4:09 left in the game. She added another goal a minute later to seal the victory.

"She's got some pretty deceptive moves," said Franklin coach Dee Mullineaux. "We switched players on and off of her, and we brought somebody who wasn't scoring down from attack to help cover her. We wasted an attack player, and it kind of worked -- she only scored two in the second half."

But Johnson wasn't the whole story for the Gators, who outshot the Indians 40-11. The Gators played tremendous defense all over the field in the first half, holding the Indians to just five shots on goal. Cover point Stone had several big interceptions.

Karen Bradley scored the Gators' first goal just 59 seconds into the game. Erin Ward added the second. Defense wing Kathleen Fort assisted Johnson on a give-and-go midway through the half.

For the Indians (playing without high-scoring center Bethany Fromm), Jamie Darr led the second-half comeback. A 6-foot, left-handed third home, Darr weaved through traffic to score three times unassisted.

Castro saved everything the Gators shot near her for the first 21 minutes of the second half. She finished with eight saves against 14 Perry Hall shots in the half.

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