St. Mary's shares load in 12-7 win

March 26, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

When St. Mary's midfielder Mary Sutton says her team doesn't have "one outstanding scorer," she means it in a good way.

One offensive threat can be stopped on a given day. But what can be done with the number of weapons that St. Mary's puts on the field?

Southern-AA didn't come up with an answer yesterday, as eight different Saints scored -- led by Sutton with four goals -- in a 12-7 victory at Weems Whalen Field in Annapolis.

Sophomore Erin Callahan had two goals for No. 10 St. Mary's (2-0), which opened its season last week with an 8-4 victory at Seton Keough. Stephanie Fallon, Meghan O'Doherty, Julie Kuehn, Liz Schaffner, Kristin Buckley and Tory Burnett also scored.

Becky Archambo had three goals for Southern (0-1), which grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes and later went ahead, 3-1, with 12:48 remaining in the first half.

"We started a little rusty, but then we got it together," said Sutton, whose team led in shots (46-22) and ground balls (47-22). "We're in great shape and we didn't tire at the end."

Sutton's initial goal, with 12:18 left, reduced the lead to 3-2. She tied it less than four minutes later on a free-position shot, and Fallon moved the Saints in front when she cut to the middle and placed the ball inside the left post with 7:19 remaining.

After St. Mary's goalkeeper Heather Donaldson (15 saves) nabbed a shot by Southern's Laura Nutwell, Sutton scored with 4:19 left for a 5-3 lead.

It was 7-3 early in the second half when Southern strung together three quick goals by Nutwell, Archambo and Becky Knapp. The Bulldogs' Sabrina Stockett made four of her 21 saves over the next 10 minutes, until Burnett scored to swing the momentum back in St. Mary's favor.

"We started out slowly, and then we started slowly again in the second half," said Saints coach Tina Lewnes, whose team lost five starters from last season to graduation. "Luckily, we got the game back under control."

One reason was the stellar defensive job that Schaffner, a senior midfielder, did on Southern's Kari Sherbert. Sherbert scored the game's first goal, but she wasn't heard from again once Lewnes assigned Schaffner to her.

The Bulldogs are entering a new era, with Bill Madden replacing Linda Kilpatrick as coach. Kilpatrick's teams won three state/regional championships in her seven seasons, and Madden said he had "some big shoes to fill."

This isn't how Madden wanted to get started.

"We need more work," he said. "We turned the ball over too much. If we can cut down on the turnovers, we'll be OK.

NB "St. Mary's is a excellent team and we gave them a good game."

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