Howard's turnaround continues with 9-6 win

Off to best start since '96, Lions defeat Wilde Lake

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 06, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Howard's girls lacrosse team is different this season.

"This is the first year we're serious about winning because we know we have the potential," said four-year starter Lindsay Frank, who led the Lions with three goals in yesterday's 9-6 victory over visiting Wilde Lake.

Howard (3-1 overall, 1-1 league) is off to its best start since the 1996 season. It already has equaled the number of victories it had in each of the past two seasons.

The Lions have nine seniors, all of them starters. And six of them - Frank, Bean Cisna, Sophie Dress, Katie McNulty, Michelle Stickels and Denise Whalen - have been starters since coach Missy Lazzari took over during their sophomore season.

"This group really works well together," Lazzari said. "They trust each other on the field and they're great friends off the field. I also think they're more disciplined now and they want this. They believe in themselves. They have confidence in themselves that they didn't have before."

Wilde Lake's Rebecca Valle scored her second straight goal with 8:43 left in regulation to tie the game 6-6. The Lions regained the lead on Kelly Cureton's free-position goal with 3:53 left, then added goals from Frank and Robyn Foreman in the final 61 seconds.

"Last year they beat us by one goal and it was really heartbreaking," Frank said. "That's what drove us today. We felt we had something to prove."

Howard defenders Stickels, Whalen and Michelle Anderson played well in front of freshman goalie Nicole Johnson, who had 11 saves.

"We really haven't had a game yet where we had all our starters in the lineup," said Lazzari, who hopes to have Dress (sprained ankle) back for a tournament next week. "So I'm very pleased with how we're doing because it's only going to improve once we play with all our regular starters."

Cureton and Cisna finished with two goals, and Valle and Kathleen Ford had two each for Wilde Lake (2-2, 0-2). Wilde Lake goalie Samantha DiPietro had 10 saves.

Hammond 11, Centennial 9: The Golden Bears (5-0, 2-0) got three goals apiece from Kelly Berger and Lindsay Buckingham to beat the visiting Eagles (1-3, 1-1), who got three goals each from Ashley Evans and Kelly Renzi.

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