Loch Raven is pushed in latest win

April 28, 1995|By John W Stewart | John W Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Loch Raven was tested for the first time this season yesterday and proved equal to the task, turning back visiting C. Milton Wright, 13-9.

For the third-ranked Raiders, who mauled their first seven foes, it was the fewest goals scored and the most allowed in a game this spring.

The home team put this one away with three straight goals after leading at halftime, 7-5. Wright (7-3) had GIRLS LACROSSE

come back with the last two goals of the half, but after falling behind, 10-5, could get no closer than 11-8 with 13:27 left.

Offensively, Robyn Harry and Gia Trionfo, who had combined for 13 goals in a 22-3 win over Overlea Tuesday, were checked with one goal apiece by a staunch Wright defense, headed by Jackie Bangert, Casey Dribnack, and goalkeeper Kim Kalista (the three are the only seniors in the starting lineup). Harry, working from behind, set up her teammates, however, and ended with four assists.

Anne Heine led the Raiders with four goals, three of them in the second half, and two assists, and Misty Doonis and Courtney Martinez each added three goals and an assist.

"The players were aware how tough this one would be, and Wright did some things we weren't ready for," Loch Raven coach Wendy Galinn said; such as scoring the first goal in the first minute of play -- Miranda James on a feed from Becky Gerhart.

The outcome prompted Galinn to spend some 15 postgame minutes with her team, getting its attention, and telling the players they had to be ready for tougher competition.

"We didn't execute, and it was the simple things we didn't do -- our catching and passing were atrocious," she said. "I can stand poor execution if there is a reason, but what upset me was the knowledge was not there after we had practiced some things."

On the other side, Wright coach Kathy Breymaier was "very pleased" with the play of her team.

"Becky Gerhart was excellent. She is quick and determined, and surprises me with some of her moves," she said.

Gerhart finished with four goals and might have had more than one assist if teammates had been able to convert some of her passes.

Although Wright had the edge in speed with James and Gerhart, Loch Raven has a fast midfield, usually focused on runs to the goal.

"Harry and Trionfo actually can play at either end of the field, and they complement each other very well," Galinn said. "Really, the whole team works that way. Robyn's role is to play good strong offense or defense depending where we need her. And she is quick and smart."

Not only do opposing teams have to try and ignore the recent history of Loch Raven lacrosse (three first and two seconds in the last five Class 1A-2A state tournaments), but there always seems to be plenty of senior leadership. Seven graduated from last year's unbeaten state champs, but seven more have taken their places as starters.

"There are tough games coming, and we should learn from this one," Galinn said.

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