Long Reach captures 1st victory in county

Burkhardt's four goals help stop losses at 22

April 28, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Long Reach won its first county game in the school's three-year existence, defeating visiting Oakland Mills, 6-5, yesterday. The Lightning, winless its first two seasons, had lost 22 county games.

"We definitely worked as a team," said Long Reach junior Jessica Burkhardt, who scored three of her four goals in the second half. "It was our best game of the season so far."

Oakland Mills, which handily beat the Lightning at the Long Reach tournament during spring break, took a 2-0 lead. But goals by Burkhardt, Kai Freeman and Jay Lance gave Long Reach a 3-2 advantage, the first time the Lightning had led a county opponent at halftime.

Long Reach (3-7 overall, 1-4) extended its lead to 6-3, but Oakland Mills (3-5, 1-4) cut the deficit to one with two minutes left.

"It was very nerve-racking," said Burkhardt of the final two minutes.

Long Reach coach Windy Benz said Oakland Mills "didn't play as well as they did against us the last time, but we did pretty much everything right and outplayed them."

Dawn Christensen scored three times for Oakland Mills.

River Hill 11, Wilde Lake 5: This has not been the season River Hill coach Becky Stefano envisioned.

"There's been a lot of adversity," said Stefano. "As competitive as I am, I've had to step back a little. I know there's more going on in [the players'] lives than lacrosse."

One starter didn't begin playing until two weeks ago, and another recently quit. Erin Cohen hasn't played in a county game because of a groin pull. Illness has kept Susan Trapazzano, a two-year starter, out for three weeks. And starter Kara Hollerbach played only five minutes yesterday because of a pulled hamstring.

"I'm so tired of injuries," Stefano said.

The Hawks (6-2, 4-1) have struggled at times this season and did so again yesterday against Wilde Lake (2-5, 1-4).

"We're just starting to work together as a team," said River Hill senior Amy Willis, who had three second-half goals.

Wilde Lake senior Corey Crawford took the opening draw and raced down field to score 12 seconds into the game. But goals 74 seconds apart by Jesse Goertler gave River Hill the lead it never lost.

The Hawks put the game away in the last nine minutes, when they scored five goals. Willis started the spurt with back-to-back goals 36 seconds apart.

Pub Date: 4/28/99

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