No. 6 Annapolis controls No. 11 Broadneck, 12-3 GIRLS LACROSSE

April 01, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Statistics can be misleading sometimes, but the numbers truly told the story of how No. 6 Annapolis defeated No. 11 Broadneck, 12-3, last night.

Annapolis (2-0) dominated Broadneck throughout the game.

Becky Morris won the first nine draws for host Annapolis to let the Panthers keep the ball for much of the first half.

The Panthers finished by taking 12 of 17 draws and retaining possession for long stretches throughout the game.

"If you've got possession of the ball, the [other team] cannot score," said Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes.

The Panthers kept the ball, outshot the Bruins, 26-13, and never trailed. Annapolis scored on its first three shots and five of its first seven for a quick lead.

Karen Hunt (five goals, one assist) scored three times in the first 7:32 as Annapolis took a 9-2 halftime lead. Hunt said her team has a tendency to start slowly, and this time the Panthers wanted something different.

"We wanted to come out fast from the beginning and show them what we had," said Hunt.

And that's what they did. Hunt went back-to-front to score on the game's first shot only 49 seconds in. Ali Kreiger took a pass from Jamie Pleyo and made it 2-0 just 54 seconds later.

After Jenna Bajus cut it to 2-1 for Broadneck (1-1), Hunt scored back-to-back goals. Megan Santacroce sliced it to 4-2 for Broadneck with 14:25 left in the half, but the Panthers scored the final five goals of the half to take command.

Kate Bjorke scored 19 seconds after Santacroce's goal to make it 5-2. Amy Brew then scored on a free-position shot with 12:31 left. Brew then converted a nice pass from Pleyo for a 7-2 lead. Pleyo and Hunt then scored the final final two of the half.

"I knew they'd come out hard," said Broadneck coach Jenn Shuck. "Once they got up, they didn't let up."

The Panthers kept showing Broadneck the strength of their offense. Often spreading the field and using isolation plays, Annapolis then made nice passes and converted scoring chances.

In addition to Hunt, Pleyo (three goals, two assists) and Brew (two goals, one assist) also helped on offense. Hunt and Pleyo combined for 14 of the team's 26 shots.

Broadneck did not do badly on offense, but the Bruins simply could not get their sticks on the ball enough to do damage.

The Bruins only crossed midfield twice in the game's first 10 minutes while Annapolis was running up its lead. Broadneck finished the first half with only four shots.

And when Broadneck did have some chances, the Annapolis defense stepped up. Brew and Stephy Samaras (three takeaways) turned in strong efforts for the Panthers.

After the game, Gehrdes' toughest task was trying to find something he didn't like about his team's performance.

"We played well," said Gehrdes. "I'm real pleased. For our second game, we were sharp."

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