Berger, Hammond do number on Wilde Lake, 15-6

Sophomore attack scores 6 goals, adds 2 assists as Bears improve to 4-0

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 04, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Kelly Berger is a work in progress.

"Every game I try to improve something," said the Hammond sophomore lacrosse player.

Berger's dedication and hard work have paid off. She scored a career-high six goals yesterday and added two assists to lead the unbeaten Golden Bears to a 15-6 victory at Wilde Lake in the opening league game for both teams.

"Kelly is an all-around attack player," said Hammond coach Emily Petrlik. "She's got great stick skills and sees the net well and knows where to put the ball. She's a great shooter."

Berger leads Hammond (4-0 overall) with 15 goals and 11 assists.

"I get a lot of help from my teammates. I very rarely get unassisted goals," said Berger, whose quickness around the net as well as the yellow bow in her hair helps her stand out. "And when I do get unassisted goals it's from the hard work at practice going against my defenders like Lindsey Greer and Megan Gallivan."

And Berger adds some spunk as well.

"She brings energy to the game," Petrlik said. "She plays hard all the time. She never quits. And then [she] pushes people to do the same thing."

Berger got Hammond off on the right track against the Wildecats (2-1), scoring twice in the first four minutes. The Golden Bears went on to take a 7-3 halftime lead, then scored seven unanswered goals after Wilde Lake had pulled to within 8-5.

Stacey Umberger, Dara Liberati and Emily Sherwood added two goals each for Hammond, and Liberati had three assists.

Berger said the Golden Bears "work well together as a team," and have high goals this season.

"I think we can go far if we put our heart and mind into it," said Berger, who also plays varsity soccer, varsity basketball and is a member of the Hammond junior dance company. "We all work hard. I have a lot of confidence in the team."

So does Petrlik, who said defenders Greer, Gallivan and Jen Osborne have played well this season.

"I'm very happy with the way we're playing," Petrlik said. "We entered the county season 3-0 and last year we came in 0-3. And we beat two of the teams we lost to last season."

Wilde Lake coach Mike Harrison said his team "can play a lot better" than it showed yesterday and will by the end of the season. "Chalk it up to a learning experience and move on."

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