Sailors play favorites with Saints

April 17, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Mount de Sales coach Bill Held will find himself in an unusual position today when he leads his fourth-ranked lacrosse team into the final of the eighth annual Friendship Tournament against St. Mary's.

The role of favorite.

The Sailors, who have posted upset wins against the higher-ranked Saints in each of the past two seasons, today will be expected to beat No. 8 St. Mary's in the tournament finale at 3 p.m.

But Held is cautious.

"All it takes is for one attackman to step up and take control of the game," said Held. "We can't take anybody for granted."

Both finalists enjoyed blowout victories in yesterday's semifinals.

Mount de Sales took an 11-0 lead at the half before rolling to a 17-1 win over the Institute of Notre Dame. St. Mary's then scored its second lopsided win in two weeks over Archbishop Spalding, defeating the Cavaliers, 18-4.

Both teams used the opportunity to work on their games.

The Sailors (14-0) concentrated their effort on passing and executing a number of new plays.

"We tried to work on our midfield passing," said Amy Buck, who led the Sailors with four goals and two assists. "I think if we play like we did today, we'll do well tomorrow."

The Saints (7-2) worked on their play also, though coach Tina Lewnes was careful not to show too much of her hand.

"We didn't want to work on too much because we knew Mount de Sales was watching," said Lewnes. "Basically, we'll try to stick to our normal game plan. [The Sailors] play tight on the inside, so we'll have to work on getting the ball in."

Kirsten Angle led the Saints with four goals. Mary Sutton, Stephanie Fallon and Elizabeth Shaffner added three apiece.

Angle said that the past losses to Mount de Sales -- including a 9-6 decision in last year's tournament final -- only serve to incite the hungry Saints. "We're really excited to play them again," said Angle. "We didn't have a bad game last year, but we think we can win."

Despite losing, St. Mary's dominated last year's final for most of the game. They outshot the Sailors, 27-16, and held leads of 2-0 and 4-2 before the hosts scored five consecutive goals to take command.

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