Vogler's 9 goals lead NDP to 17-9 victory

Stanwick's four assists help sink C. Milton Wright

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 05, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Carli Vogler could not have been more surprised that she scored as many goals as the entire C. Milton Wright team yesterday in leading No. 3 Notre Dame Prep to a 17-9 girls lacrosse victory in Bel Air.

Told after the game that she had scored nine times, Vogler replied with a laugh, "Wow, I didn't know it was that many."

Vogler's career-high nine goals and 10 points were just one indication of the Blazers' superiority over the No. 13 Mustangs, especially in stick skills and teamwork. Ten Blazers goals came from assists; Coco Stanwick dished out four of them.

"They were marked-up pretty well on us," said Vogler, "but we just did a good job of threading the needle, making that pass that they didn't think we had, but that we knew we could catch. We kept our composure - that was a big part of it."

Although Vogler attributed her fortune to teammates' passing, finishing several of her chances took slick moves. She scored five of NDP's first six goals, nailing the fifth off a rebound of her own shot, giving the Blazers a 6-1 lead with 7:06 left in the first half.

Alison Smith scored the first of her four goals to pull the Mustangs within 6-2 a minute later, but NDP's Marissa Giannerini and Rachel Mech finished off the half, boosting the visitors' lead to 8-2 at the break.

Kelley Duncan, who scored three for the Mustangs, opened the second half with a nice dodge past a defender before bouncing in her team's third goal. Vogler needed just 31 seconds to answer that. Ahead 9-3, the Blazers maintained at least a six-goal edge the rest of the way.

"They were always open, always setting picks, doing different things to get open," said Mustangs defender Sarah Gallion. "They had incredible shots. We tried to shut down Coco, [who] is their strength, but there were a lot of other players who were very good at shooting."

The Mustangs (2-3) didn't help themselves with 24 turnovers that only increased the Blazers' overwhelming advantage in possession. Notre Dame Prep (2-1-1) won most of the loose balls, including several on Alex Gangler's hustle. They also had a 19-9 edge in draw controls - 10-1 in the first half.

"The problem, at the moment, is we're not handling pressure well," said Mustangs coach Paul Snyder. "If someone doubles us, we're not smart enough to move [the ball] to open spots. That's why it's really good to be playing these guys, because they can put a ton of pressure on us, and they're going to force us to go back and redo some things."

The defending Harford County champion Mustangs came into yesterday's clash with the defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference titlists holding high hopes after beating then-No. 5 Broadneck, 12-11, and pushing No. 9 St. Mary's before falling, 6-4.

"It's really neat when we're not ranked," said Snyder. "I think we snuck up on St. Mary's, because we were like nobody from up in the county. I was hoping we could sneak up on these guys, but they came out and played real well."

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