South I loses to Pa. team, finishes third

May 30, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The South I schoolgirls came here to the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association national championships at Germantown Academy with revenge on their minds.

Last year, the team of high school stars from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., lost to Pennsylvania's best in the national schoolgirl championship game. After a day and a half of preliminaries this weekend, South I earned what it wanted -- a rematch with Pennsylvania I in the semifinals yesterday.

Everything looked promising as Aimee Vaughan scored three goals in the first eight minutes to give South a 3-1 lead. But the offense fizzled after that and Pennsylvania went on to win 6-5.

South I finished third in the 16-team field, beating Empire State, 7-4, in the consolation game. Pennsylvania I repeated as champion with a 7-3 win over Pennsylvania II.

For South I, the loss to Pennsylvania was frustrating because it outshot the hosts 19-12.

The South shooters couldn't find the right angles, and even when they did, Pennsylvania keeper Angie Stead usually stopped them.

South I trailed 4-3 at halftime, but tied it on Jacque Weitzel's free-position goal.

After a good defensive stand, South turned quickly on attack but couldn't score on three straight shots, including a low bullet from Melissa Cully that Stead stopped. Pennsylvania tied it with 10 minutes left and went ahead on Therese Naab's goal with 3:35 left.

After that, Pennsylvania stalled for nearly three minutes.

"We couldn't get it away from them," said Peggy Boutilier, a Roland Park senior. "They just went down and scored and we never got it back. If we had had it, then maybe we would have had an opportunity to go down and score."

South I rebounded in the consolation game against Empire State, although it fell behind 2-0.

In the second half, the offense returned and South scored five unanswered goals to pull ahead 6-2 with 8:22 left. Weitzel surprised Empire keeper Chris Lindsey twice, scoring off rebounds. Tice Burke also added two goals in the rally.

Boutilier, Liza Shoemaker, Aubin McCarthy, Katie Loovis and keepers Heather Castle and Melissa Coyne led a unit that allowed only 22 goals in six games as South I finished 5-1.

Chesapeake, which had a tougher initial draw than South I, finished 3-2, falling to Empire State and New England in the preliminaries.

However, Chesapeake, comprised primarily of players from Annapolis, Severna Park and Mount Hebron, also finished on a high note, rolling over Midwest I, 13-2. Cristi Samaras had four goals and Cathy Nelson and Dani Vissers added three each.

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