Southern-AA turns past Northwest

Down early in semifinal, Bulldogs bounce back, 12-5

2A-1A girls lacrosse

May 20, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Southern-Anne Arundel girls lacrosse team entered yesterday's Class 2A-1A state semifinals with a record just three victories above .500. Unbeaten Northwest of Montgomery County had never made it this far, but showed it meant business from the opening whistle.

The Bulldogs of lacrosse-rich Anne Arundel County, however, showed that experience means more, overcoming an early deficit for a 12-5 victory.

Southern (10-6), winners of five regional titles, goes after its fourth state title on Tuesday or Wednesday against No. 13 Hereford (15-2) at UMBC Stadium.

Down 2-0 early, the Bulldogs scored the next four goals for a 4-2 lead - one they would never relinquish.

Southern's Loren Zang (two goals, four assists) scored twice to make it 2-all, then assisted on goals by Kristy Manas (four goals, two assists) and Abbey Ahlstrom (two goals) for a permanent lead.

"They were undefeated and they showed they were ready," said Zang, a junior. "But we wanted to go out and outhustle them and put the ball in the goal."

Ahead 5-3 at the half, the Bulldogs scored six of the next seven goals to put the game out of reach. Zang fed Manas for the final goal in that spree. Southern's Holly Siss and Kori Talbott scored twice each in the game.

Ani Khatchatoorian, Aaron Rathbone, Kate Sartain, Marcy Fox and Ellie Brown scored once each for Northwest, a Montgomery County school that is 3 years old. Northwest was 1-13 during its first varsity season and 9-4 last season before this, its breakthrough, year under coach Liz Burdick.

Goals: S - K. Manas 4, Talbott 2, Zang 2, Ahlstrom 2, Siss 2. N - Fox, Sartain, Rathbone, Khatchatoorian, Brown. Assists: S - Zang 4, K. Manas 2, Gross, N. Manas, Christian. N - none. Saves: S - Dixon 6. N - Franken 20. Half: S, 5-3

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