Scoring no act for NDP sisters Winning hand: Two pairs of sisters, Lacey and Lauren Aumiller and Sheehan and Wick Stanwick, have combined for 91 goals and 31 assists for the 7-1 Pirates.

April 21, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Now playing at Notre Dame Prep -- Sister Act III.

This is no sequel, just the opening run for two sets of sisters who give the Pirates (7-1) one of the most prolific attacks in AIS lacrosse.

Juniors Sheehan Stanwick and Lacey Aumiller and their freshman sisters Wick Stanwick and Lauren Aumiller have combined for 91 goals and 31 assists. In an early 15-7 win over Friends, they scored every goal. Sheehan had seven; Wick, four; and the Aumillers, two each.

Sure, scoring goals is their job as two-thirds of the attack, but the way they connect instinctively with each other makes them that much harder to stop.

"It adds some additional chemistry and you never have a great team without chemistry," said Friends coach Carol Samuels. "They know each other pretty well, they trust each other and they look like they've had sticks in their hands forever."

Well, almost.

They all started in elementary school, and each set of sisters has played on the same team a few times. For the last year, all four have played together, combining for a 3-on-3 summer tournament as well as fall and winter leagues.

Still there's no substitute for those nuances developed mostly in the backyard.

"Since we play so much at home together, I have sort of a natural instinct to see Lauren on the field," said Lacey. "I know how she likes to play and how she likes to receive the ball. I think it's the same for Sheehan and Wick."

Wick agreed. "I almost know what Sheehan's going to do before she does it."

While the sisters have come to rely on those intuitive connections, they still amaze their teammates as much as their opponents.

"It's a different connection between sisters," said attack wing Maggy Kilroy. "I connect with them, but I can sense a difference. They know where each other is going to be all the time. It's beyond me how they know that."

Kilroy said sometimes the intuitive connections even cross bloodlines.

"All four of them see each other so well," said Kilroy. "It's not so much the Stanwicks and the Aumillers as the four girls. They connect really well. I love to give them the ball and just watch them."

Considering the individual talents of the four -- and of the rest of the Pirates -- the attack runs exceptionally smoothly. There are no prima donnas.

However, there is a marquee player -- Sheehan. A sharpshooter with some of the best timing and quickest wrists around, Sheehan earned All-Metro second-team honors and scored 79 goals as a sophomore.

She draws the most defensive attention, but trying to take her out of the game won't do much good. There are plenty of others ready to step up.

"I know they'll always be open, so I can always find them," said Sheehan, the Pirates' scoring leader with 38 goals and six assists.

While NDP coach Mary Bartel appreciates the sister act's ability to score goals, she is just as impressed with their ability to blend easily with the rest of the team.

"Quietly, I think, they realize their talents, but outwardly what makes it work is they realize the talent of the people around them," said Bartel.

"That's probably why the whole team works. They get along well, they're a fun group to be with, there are no attitudes to deal with. I don't think that happens too often when you have a team that's this talented."

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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