Mt. de Sales gets back on course

No. 14 Sailors end slump, sweep Arundel, Chesa.-AA to capture tournament

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 13, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Arundel Tournament was the right prescription for an ailing Mount de Sales girls lacrosse team.

Losers of three straight, the No. 14 Sailors righted the ship by defeating host Arundel, 5-3, in Gambrills yesterday and capturing the invitational for the second straight season.

Mount de Sales, which had dropped its last three contests to top-15 programs Dulaney, Maryvale and Roland Park, also blasted Chesapeake-AA, 16-7, and finished 2-0 in the tournament.

"We needed this for a confidence-builder," said sophomore attacker Monica Buck, who had a goal and two assists against the host Wildcats. "We can start our own winning streak now."

The Sailors (7-4) bested Arundel (6-2) by employing an airtight defense that allowed only 11 shots. Senior goalkeeper Rachel Sybor was forced to make just six saves despite a combined 31 turnovers committed by both teams.

"We've really been workig on cutting down the fastbreaks," Sybor said. "I think that worked, and we worked on our stick-on-stick [checks] to prevent shots."

Mount de Sales senior midfielder Julie Libertini led all scorers with a hat trick and an assist. Her third goal of the game with 11:32 left in the second half gave the Sailors a 5-2 advantage.

But Mount de Sales coach Mary Gagnon was slightly disappointed with her team's inability to convert 26 shots on Arundel senior goalie Meg Dentler (16 saves).

"I think we played very well in every aspect except for shooting," Gagnon said. "[Dentler] had a very good game, but we had some opportunities that we didn't finish well."

Senior attacker Shannon Courtney's goal with 27 seconds left pulled the Wildcats within two, but they wasted a draw control by committing their 18th turnover of the game, and the Sailors ran out the clock for the victory.

Arundel coach Leann Shuck - whose squad had edged Archbishop Spalding, 7-5, before meeting Mount de Sales - called her team's performance "poor."

"We had too many turnovers," she said. "I guess it was our midfield transition, where we were losing the ball. We gave them more chances, that's for sure."

In the fourth game of the day, senior attacker Meghan Taneyhill and freshman midfielder Ashley Paschall each posted a hat trick to power Archbishop Spalding (2-7) to a 9-3 win against Chesapeake (0-8).

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