ND Prep controls the ball, dominates St. Paul's, 15-3 Pirates build 12-0 lead

Stanwick scores 4 goals

Girls lacrosse

March 28, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Notre Dame Prep scored three goals in the first three minutes, and goalie Mary Beth LaVerghetta made 16 saves as the No. 2-ranked Pirates rolled over No. 8 St. Paul's, 15-3, in an Association of Independent Schools A Division non-league game yesterday.

Host St. Paul's (0-1) never touched the ball in the first four minutes and went 8 1/2 minutes without a shot. By the time the Gators took their first shot, the Pirates led, 4-0.

"We came out with a lot of intensity," said NDP's Molly Cangemi. "We knew this was going to be a big game and that we had to come out really strong."

The Pirates (4-0) dominated possession, winning 14 of 20 draws and controlling the ground balls. The defense, led by Cangemi and Kate Kaiser, gave the Gators no second chances in the early going, snatching up every loose ball near the crease.

Add superior speed and a quick passing game, and NDP ran up a 12-0 lead before the Gators finally scored with 12: 45 left.

While the Pirates cruised early, outshooting the Gators, 11-3, in the first 15 minutes, the Gators began to even things out late in the half. They took nine shots in the last 8: 40, but LaVerghetta stopped everything.

"Mary Beth had a tremendous game, and that deflated us a little bit," said Gators coach Traci Magness, whose team was only outshot, 21-20, after the first 15 minutes. "When you're doing the things you're supposed to be doing on offense and then taking good shots and they're getting stopped, you start asking yourself what else can you do."

Several times throughout the game, LaVerghetta stopped two or three well-aimed, close-range shots within seconds. Of her nine first-half saves, seven came in the final 8: 40. She also stopped the first five shots of the second half.

Wick Stanwick had four goals and an assist for the Pirates, and Lauren Aumiller had two goals and three assists. Cangemi, Kaiser an d Katie Laschinger scored two goals each for NDP. Alison Polk-Williams scored a pair for the Gators.

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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