No. 6 Annapolis rolls to 9-3 win over Broadneck

Dirks' three straight goals before half provide impetus

High Schools

Class 3A-4A girls lacrosse

May 20, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Annapolis sophomore Kristy Dirks sent the Broadneck Bruins staggering into the halftime break with three straight goals to end the first half.

Her fourth goal, coming on the opening possession of the second half, set the tone the rest of the way as the No. 6-ranked Panthers rolled, 9-3, at Broadneck for the Class 3A-4A East title.

Constant pressure on the ball, crisp passing and catching, and Dirks' offensive outburst that started with the score tied 2-2 sent the Panthers to UMBC this weekend to defend their state crown.

Broadneck coach Karen Chesley put it in the simplest terms: "Annapolis played like state champs today."

Coming off an emotional 6-4 win over county rival Severna Park on Monday, the Panthers (17-1) were able to crank it back up yesterday with a chance at a third state title closer in sight.

Dirks, who supplied the timely finishes, scooped up a lot of the ground balls in front and also played strong defensively, said a big key was the test Broadneck (14-4) provided in the regular season -- a 7-6 Annapolis win.

"In the beginning of the season, they gave us a good game. We didn't want that to happen again. We stepped it up twice as hard," she said.

Broadneck opened the scoring two minutes into the game, when Brooke Richards went high on Annapolis goalie Emily Childs.

After consecutive goals from Annapolis senior Christy McNew gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead, Broadneck got a goal from Lauren Peck to even the score at 2-2 with 8: 18 left in the half.

The rest of the half and more belonged to Dirks and by the time she was through -- 1: 39 into the second half -- the Panthers had the game in control with a 6-2 lead.

"This was disappointing, but it was a good year, and I don't want to take anything away from that," said Chesley. "I thought it would be more competitive than it was, but Annapolis played a great game and shut us down. We had a lot of turnovers and they were capitalizing."

Acacia Walker scored a goal and added two helpers with Lauren Mincher scoring twice for the Panthers. Jill Toomey led Broadneck with one goal and one assist.

No. 9 South River 17, Kent 2: On the Eastern Shore, the Seahawks (13-3) jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to the Class 1A-2A East region championship. Kelli Motley and Carolyn Colacicco finished with seven points each; Eryn Belt added six. The loss was Kent's first after 15 wins.

No. 10 C. Milton Wright 6, Catonsville 5: Stephanie Dibelka scored with 33 seconds left to give the Mustangs a 6-5 the Class 3A-4A regional championship yesterday. The victory sent the Mustangs, last year's runners-up to Annapolis, to the final four for a second straight year and for the fourth time in five years.

No. 12 Towson 19, Franklin 6: Katie Dolan scored seven goals and had an assist to lead the host Generals (13-4) to the Class 1A-2A West championship. Michelle Clarke added five goals and an assist, and Erin Rowse had two goals as the Generals won their fifth straight regional title.

No. 15 Dulaney 20, Perry Hall 11: Marlena Wittelsberger scored five goals and had two assists to lead the visiting Lions (11-4) to the Class 3A-4A West regional championship.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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