State all-stars defeat elite Pa. team

June 13, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- It took a few extra weeks, but Maryland's top schoolgirl lacrosse players finally got revenge against Pennsylvania's best.

Cathy Nelson and Erin Wylde each scored two goals, as Maryland defeated Pennsylvania, 6-4, yesterday at the United States Women's Lacrosse Association/ STX Women's Lacrosse Festival at Villanova Stadium.

Many of the Maryland girls had played on teams that lost to Pennsylvania at the USWLA national championships the past two years.

At this year's national tournament over Memorial Day weekend, Maryland's best players were split between teams from the Chesapeake region, which includes Anne Arundel and part of Howard counties, and the South region, which includes the rest of the state. Chesapeake had the high-powered offense while South boasted the better defense.

Yesterday, the best seniors from both combined on one powerful, balanced team that included 12 All-Americans and 10 All-Metro first-team picks on its 16-girl roster.

"We definitely had more attack this time," said Dulaney's Aimee Vaughan.

"We had Cathy and Cristi (Samaras) and they're really good going to goal. They're not afraid to go to goal. We really needed them on the team to beat Pennsylvania because defense is the weakest part of their game."

Nelson, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year from Mount Hebron, scored both of her goals and added an assist as Maryland ran up a 5-0 lead early in the abbreviated 25-minute game.

Maryland showed great double-teaming defense especially from Liza Shoemaker and Aubin McCarthy. Melissa Cully dominated the midfield and controlled a couple of high draws to set up the fourth and fifth goals.

Vaughan also scored in the run and Wylde added her second goal to give Maryland its 5-0 lead with 15:51 left.

But Pennsylvania recovered, rallying for four straight goals to pull within one with three minutes left. Sue Pierce scored her second goal after intercepting goalie Heather Castle's short clear under pressure.

Pennsylvania controlled the next draw, but Maryland's relentless defensive pressure in the midfield forced a turnover. Both teams lost possessions before Peggy Boutilier snatched the ball out of the air on a double-team with Samaras.

Samaras took off and Boutilier hit her about 12 meters out, but Samaras was tripped before she could shoot.

Awarded the eight-meter free position on the left side, Samaras ran a couple meters to the right and found the angle with 58 seconds left.

There were no championships at the festival, which began last year as a showcase for the women's game and included exhibitions by the U.S Elite Squad and the U.S. Developmental Squad.

Eight high school teams participated, and Maryland also posted wins over Delaware, 7-1, and Upstate New York, 6-1, in abbreviated 25-minute games.

"The talent level was unbelievable," said coach Chris Robinson, an assistant at Mount Hebron.

"It was probably one of the best midfields ever assembled in the state of Maryland -- that's for sure. They were just so fast and so well-skilled. It was really great to watch."

The team, which had at least one player from every league in the state, also included Kate Brew, Kim Driessen, Mary Frekko, Katy Kemerer, Kathy McCafferty, Amy Rafalski, and Nathalie Skovron.

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