West wins fast-paced 'Lacrosse for Leukemia'

May 28, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

With little practice time and a field full of speed, the girls game of the Lacrosse for Leukemia Tournament turned into a mere showcase of one-on-one moves.

Cathy Nelson (Mount Hebron) asserted herself in the quick-scoring pace, contributing a team-high five goals to lead the West to a 15-13 win over the East at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. Nelson, who was named the Most Valuable Player, scored four of her goals in a decisive late first-half run.

"It was a nice little ending for the week," said Maryland-bound Nelson, who led the Vikings to a third consecutive state championship on Wednesday. "We just went out there to pass it around and not to force anything."

The passing was limited to long upfield passes as the set offense was rarely seen. There were no full team practices due to weather and the state tournament schedule, which resulted in 23 unassisted goals.

"This was just for fun," West coach P.J. Kesmodel (Mount Hebron) said. "I didn't have anything profound to say before the game. I only wanted the ball either with Cathy or [Jodie] Cowan down in crunch time."

While Nelson and Cowan [Oldfields] combined for nine of the West's 15 goals, the East combination of Aimee Vaughan (Dulaney) and Peggy Boutilier (Roland Park) kept the game close.

Vaughan led all scorers with six goals, including four of the East's six goals in the second half. Boutilier added three goals and one assist.

"It was cool to be playing with the people you played against the whole year," said Vaughan, the state's top scorer this season, who is headed to James Madison. "We didn't have any set plays because it was only for fun."

After more than 20 minutes of neither team gaining more than a one-goal margin, Nelson isolated her defender on the left wing.

Nelson scored three goals in a 5-2 run in the final 6:22 of the first half. Her goal with 28 seconds left pulled the West ahead 10-7.

Vaughan then matched Nelson by scoring two goals as the East opened the second half with four unanswered goals. She exploded from the left side and scored in a twisting move in front of the goal to tie the game at 10 1:29 into the second half.

Boutilier scored her final goal of the game 1:26 later to give the East its first lead since the opening two minutes and its last lead of the game.

The East then tired from the comeback and went scoreless for the next 13 minutes as the West quickly pulled away. Kym Frey (Liberty) tied the game with 14:36 left and Cowan tacked on another score two minutes later to put the West ahead 12-11.

Nelson capped the three-goal, three-minute stretch to seal the victory.

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