Annapolis earns 13-7 win over Broadneck

Bruins stage comeback, but Panthers hold on

Girls lacrosse

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March 29, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Trailing by three goals early yesterday afternoon at Annapolis, the Broadneck Bruins had to work vigorously to get even midway though the first half.

Then, the Annapolis Panthers used the next few minutes to show why they are the two-time defending Class 4A-3A state champions.

Not overly crisp in the early season effort, the No. 3 Panthers still had more than enough resources to leave their field with a 13-7 win over the No. 12 Bruins.

With the game tied at 4, the Panthers took control with three goals in a little more than a minute.

Junior midfielder Acacia Walker, whose second-half rocket off a free position was the afternoon highlight, first provided the base for the Panthers (2-0-1) with five assists and dominating play on draws.

She fed Meghan McDonough with 7: 58 left in the first half to make it 5-4. Sarah Oliphant (three goals) then picked up the ensuing draw and went straight to the cage for a 6-4 lead. Kristy Dirks (four goals) made it 7-4 with 6: 52 left in the half, splitting two defenders going left to right to score in front.

The Bruins would never get any closer than three goals the rest of the game, with goalie Emily Childs coming up with six timely saves and Katie Hartman matching Dirks with four goals.

"The intensity was completely there, but we played well enough to win," Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes said. "It's nice to have those kind of players to be able to take control of things."

The early schedule wasn't on Broadneck's side this spring, opening with a 12-5 loss to No. 5 Severna Park on Friday before yesterday's defeat, which coach Karen Chesley felt was within reach.

"When it was 4-4, there's no reason why we couldn't have come all the way back," she said. "We beat ourselves -- we didn't catch or throw, and it's a disappointing loss. At the level Severna Park and Annapolis are at, they are not going to make turnovers like that, and they will capitalize when we do."

Broadneck, which will look to rebound Friday against Meade, got a three-goal, one-assist effort from senior standout Rachel Shuck.

The Panthers continue their tough week at Severna Park on Friday afternoon.

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