St. Mary's upsets Broadneck in OT, faces Annapolis tonight

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

March 23, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

St. Mary's girls lacrosse team pulled off a miracle worthy of its nickname yesterday afternoon.

Senior midfielder Brooke Dieringer scored for the No. 9-ranked Saints with two seconds remaining to force overtime, in which St. Mary's outlasted No. 5 Broadneck, 10-8, in the first game of the Annapolis Invitational.

The Saints (2-0) advanced to tonight's 7:15 tournament final, in which it will play host Annapolis, an 8-2 winner over C. Milton Wright in last night's other game. Broadneck (0-1) will play C.M. Wright (0-2) in the consolation game at 5:15 p.m.

With the score tied 6-6, St. Mary's junior midfielder Mary Key (two goals, two assists) hit the pipe with 1:13 remaining. Broadneck gained control, and on the other end, senior midfielder Brooke Richards (five goals, an assist) scored with 29 seconds left to put the Bruins ahead 7-6.

St. Mary's gained control of the ensuing draw and advanced the ball the length of the field until Key fed Dieringer (two goals, one assist) for a point-blank shot.

"We've lost to them the past two years in the last seconds when we shouldn't have, so we definitely wanted it really, really bad," Dieringer said. "It wasn't over. Twenty-nine seconds is a long time."

Richards scored her fifth goal just 13 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins their final lead, 8-7.

But St. Mary's took the next five shots and scored three times. Key tied it 12 seconds after Richards scored, senior midfielder Jaimee Motley notched the winner with 57 seconds to play in the first extra session, and standout senior attack Ashley Stanwick (five goals, two assists) added insurance with 14 seconds left in overtime No. 1.

In the second extra period, Broadneck pressured but could not beat senior goaltender Kathleen Finnegan, who had nine saves for the game.

"We knew it would be a tough game, because St. Mary's is a tough, tough team," Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall said. "It was just a matter of who was going to get the possession that was going to make the difference."

In the opening game, No. 10 Annapolis looked strong in its season debut as seven players scored after C. Milton Wright had drawn first blood. Junior midfielder Tori Joel scored just 50 seconds in to give Wright a 1-0 lead, but Annapolis responded with five unassisted and unanswered goals to take control.

Annapolis junior attack Kelsey Mays had two goals and an assist, and senior defenders Laura Barnes and Caryn Lean, junior midfielder Michelle DeChant, junior attacks Shelley Boyle and Sophia Pantelides, and sophomore midfielder Hayley McDonough all scored.

"It's different this year. We've got a lot more people scoring," Mays said. "We don't have three All-Americans this year, so we've got a fresh offense. We try to spread it out."

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