Chesapeake routs Meade to gain first victory, 14-1

Goalie King wins debut

Mustangs stay winless

Girls lacrosse

April 19, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

It was a game of firsts for Jen King and the Chesapeake girls lacrosse team.

King, a sophomore goalkeeper making her varsity debut, turned away four shots, and the Cougars won the battle of winless programs by routing visiting Meade, 14-1, in Pasadena last night.

King, who started because No. 1 goalie and senior Kaitlin Griener left the team and senior backup Mary Thompson was ill, said she was nervous before the game.

"Sometimes I have trouble in the beginning, but my teammates gave me the confidence by believing in me," said King, whose bid for a shutout was spoiled by a second-half goal from Mustangs freshman attacker Courtney Bradshaw. "It feels good that I was there for our first win."

Victories have been at a premium for Chesapeake and Meade.

The Mustangs (0-7 overall and in the county) haven't won a game in nearly two seasons and have been shut out in three contests.

With only five players with any lacrosse experience, Meade coach Melissa Quigley said she is not concerned about wins and losses.

"We're not expecting them to win," Quigley said. "We're expecting them to improve every game."

Chesapeake's problems are even more curious when one considers that the Cougars were one victory shy of surpassing the .500 mark last season with a 7-8 record.

Chesapeake (1-8 overall and 1-6 in the county) sends out a starting lineup of which about 80 percent are sophomores and freshmen, said coach Cindy Kelly.

"We're still learning," she said. "I don't see the eight losses as being that terrible. We're learning a lot after every game and getting stronger."

That strength was on display last night as the Cougars peppered Meade sophomore goalkeeper Erin Miller (10 saves) with 32 shots.

Taking advantage of strong cuts to the net and some solid one-on-one individual moves, Chesapeake rolled up an 8-0 lead at the end of the first half.

Sophomore midfielder Lynnea Spinnenweber led all scorers with five points (a goal and four assists), while sophomore attacker Stephanie Johanson registered a hat trick and an assist.

"It was really important for us to get our morale up," said tri-captain and senior attacker Jessica Zeruto, one of four Cougars to post two goals. "Hopefully, we can keep going from here now that we're out of the hole."

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