Mt. de Sales turns confidence into belief

Sailors roll on with tie, four victories in last week


High Schools

April 09, 2002|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

At the beginning of the season, Mount de Sales coach Mary Gagnon said the only thing lacking in her young girls lacrosse team was confidence.

The Sailors have taken care of that over the last week.

It all started last Tuesday at the unlikeliest of moments - trailing then-No. 4 Bryn Mawr 6-1 after the Mawrtians had scored five seconds before halftime.

"I told them they looked like they were already beaten," said Gagnon. "Then I went to each one of them and said, `Do you believe you're going to win? If you don't, don't go back out on that field.' They said, `We believe.' "

The Sailors (6-1-2) rallied to tie the game on Katie Kirby's goal with 4:03 left in the game. They went on to upset No. 5 Roland Park, 6-5, Thursday before rolling through Saturday's Best of the West Tournament with wins over Centennial, 14-3, and Catonsville, 18-8. Yesterday, the Sailors beat No. 14 Severn, 10-8.

"It was a matter of confidence with ourselves," said Kirby. "We have a fairly young team and going against some of those teams that have big names is kind of intimidating because they're such dynasties. But by the end of the week, we knew we could play with anyone."

Through the week-long stretch, Kirby led the attack with 16 goals and nine assists while Monica Buck contributed 13 goals and eight assists, Lauri Libertini had six goals and four assists, and Molly Grace added five goals and eight assists.

A defense led by Shanna Bartlinski, Megan Armstrong, Kristen Mathias and goalies Colleen O'Boyle and Kelly Wetzel held the opposition to just 6.0 goals per game for the week.

Park performs

Goalie Spencer Hickok had 10 saves, attackman Dan Flamholz had two each in goals and assists, and midfielder Corey Gaber won the majority of the faceoffs in Park School's 10-8 upset of defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference boys lacrosse champion Spalding last Friday.

Also contributing for Park (2-1) were midfielder Jason Trout (two goals, one assist), Adam Zetzer (two goals), and, with a goal and an assist each, Andrew Zetzer and Ross Nochumowitz. Spalding, led by second-team All-Metro midfielder Kyle Dixon (two goals, two asssists), slipped to 4-4.

Schlaffer stacks up

Second-team All-Metro wrestler Andrew Schlaffer (124 pounds) of Dulaney pinned his first opponent, edged two-time Colorado state champ Andy Etzen, 9-8, in the quarterfinals, and hammered three-time Florida state champ Guy Gibson, 13-5, in the finals en route to winning last weekend's National Wrestling Coaches' Association Open Nationals tournament at the University of Delaware.

A Baltimore County champ who was runner-up in this year's 4A-3A regional and state tournaments, Schlaffer was not seeded in the 27-man weight class.

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