St. Mary's holds back C. M. Wright

March 27, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | By Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Nothing worried No. 5 St. Mary's more about C. Milton Wright than the No. 7 Mustangs' speed.

When the Mustangs fell behind by five goals in the second half yesterday, they used their fast break to get back into the game, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome the visiting Saints, who held on for an 11-8 victory.

"We knew they were fast," said Saints cover point Tara Foran. "We worked on sliding, three-on-two's and picking up the extra man on the fast break."

That defensive strategy along with a big game from goalie Jen Corradini helped St. Mary's run up an 8-3 lead less than four minutes into the second half.

The Saints (4-1), coming off a 6-5 quadruple overtime loss to Severna Park, also had playing time in their favor because this was the Mustangs' season opener.

"Their stick work was much better than ours and our passing hasn't really been good this year," said the Mustangs' Amanda Moculski. "It looked like they had played five games and this was our first. I wish we could play them again, because we are going to get a lot better."

The Mustangs outshot the Saints, 30-29, but Corradini stopped 16 of those shots.

With the Saints leading 8-3 in yesterday's second half, Corradini intercepted a Mustangs pass and stopped Miranda James' point-blank shot to hold off the Mustangs.

James, who scored three goals, and Becky Gerhart ran in for back-to-back goals cutting the Saints' lead to 9-6. After Jen Manning added a goal for the Saints, James and Gerhart again added consecutive goals to cut the margin to 10-8 with 9: 30 to go.

The Mustangs won the next draw but could not convert when a defender's stick deflected Gerhart's free-position shot. With 1: 24 left, the Saints sealed their victory when Ashley Rusk fed Meaghan O'Doherty.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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