Familiarity gives South edge in 17-6 all-star lacrosse rout Area seniors contribute to victory over North

June 16, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The trick to winning an all-star game just may be how well the players know one another.

That's what the South's best high school senior girls lacrosse players believe after a 17-6 victory over the North in the fourth annual United States Women's Lacrosse Association/STX North-South All-Star Game at Anne Arundel Community College.

"I know all of these girls," said Garrison Forest's Jacque Weitzel, of her South teammates. "I think we really had the advantage because we knew each other much better. Talking is the biggest thing and when you don't know the other players on the team, it's hard to communicate."

Many of the girls on the South team, which drew primarily from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, and the Midwest, had played together in various leagues or on the South or Chesapeake schoolgirl teams that competed at the national tournament Memorial Day weekend.

"Our team knew the way we all play, because of nationals, and the Quick Stix program brings Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis girls together," said Annapolis defender Stephy Samaras. "The North team -- they're from all over the place, so they didn't get a chance to play with each other the way we have."

The North, which drew players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New England, also included a Baltimore girl, Emily Fenwick, who lives in Butler but boarded at St. George's in Rhode Island.

Fenwick said she knew just two of her North teammates -- and only from camps.

"It's kind of hard getting to know where people usually cut and who they are. Talking's a huge thing for me," said Fenwick, who finished with one assist.

The North took an early lead when the South squandered five scoring opportunities in the first 2: 30. The South turned the ball over inside and after the fast break, Nicolle Austin scored on an eight-meter shot.

But that was all the North would celebrate. Amy Brew (Annapolis) ran down a ball on the sideline and found Jennifer Webb for the first of seven straight South goals over the next 13 minutes.

Although the North scored the next two goals to pull within 7-3 with 18 seconds left in the first half, it would never get closer.

The South players dominated. They outshot the North, 34-9, and won 19 of 25 draws, including 11 of 12 in the first half.

"This is a really high-quality team," said South coach Joanne Brew.

Weitzel and Julie Kickham (Mount Hebron) each scored a goal while Brew and Emily Hickman (Bryn Mawr) had two assists apiece. Weitzel, Samaras and Claire Mikolayunas (Friends) each had an assist while Stephanie Petterson (Notre Dame Prep) was strong on defense.

The North squad will get a chance at revenge in a rematch at the STX Lacrosse Festival today at Villanova University.

Both teams also will play others representing different areas of the country. The South is scheduled to open with a game against the Maryland Senior All-Stars.

Coached by Dave Gehrdes, the All-Metro Coach of the Year from Annapolis, the Maryland team includes Catherine Ampagoomian, McDonogh; Lizzy Bennett, Kelly Sloan, Roland Park; Christy Buck, Mount de Sales; Gina Dinisio, Centennial; Christina Eberhart, Mount Hebron; Becky Gerhart, Miranda James, C. Milton Wright; Kate Graw, Severn; Sharon Huesman, Loch Raven; Jen Manning, St. Mary's; Jess Marion, South River; Meghann Mohler, Catonsville; Becky Morris, Annapolis; and Jennie Voishan, Severna Park.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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