Broadneck draws away from Southern-H, 12-4

10-0 faceoff advantage paves No. 9 to early bulge

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 11, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Broadneck girls lacrosse team didn't expect it to be this easy.

A year removed from edging Southern by a single goal, the No. 9 Bruins blitzed their visitors from Harwood, 12-4, in Annapolis last night.

The Bulldogs (4-3 overall and 3-3 in the county) were two games above .500 before last night's contest and had extended traditional power Arundel to overtime.

But Broadneck - which improved to 4-2 overall and in the county - captured its fourth consecutive game by winning all 10 draws in the first half en route to a 9-0 halftime advantage.

"We anticipated some rough competition," said Bruins coach Karen Tengwall. "We know that Southern's been doing well, and the girls came in recognizing that."

Senior defender Alexis Watson said the team used last season's close call as motivation.

"We almost didn't beat them last year," she said. "This is what Broadneck lacrosse is all about."

A substantial ingredient of the Bruins program is its explosive offense. Headed by junior midfielder Brooke Richards, Broadneck outshot the Bulldogs 30-18, including 21-7 in the first half.

Richards had a hand in every first-half score, tallying six goals and assisting on two by freshman midfielder Annie Wagner and one by Kate Scott.

Wagner was as dominant in the midfield circle, winning all 10 draws in the first half. She finished the game 14-for-18.

"That set the tempo for the entire game," Richards said of Wagner's ability to give possession to the Bruins. "Right from the beginning, we knew that we had to win the draws to win the game."

Richards collected another assist in the second half, registering a game-high 10 points. Equally dazzling was the play of senior goalkeeper Alice Lerian (six saves).

"There was only one [Southern] shot without a defender on it," Lerian said, sharing the credit with her defense. "They were there for everything."

The Bulldogs were powered by senior attacker Kristy Manas' hat trick and junior goalie Charlotte Dixon's 13 saves.

But Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick said her team faltered in the fundamentals.

"There was a lack of three things that you need to do in girls lacrosse: pass, catch, and [grab] ground balls," she said. "You didn't see our A game tonight."

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