River Hill rains on Long Reach's parade, 17-4

Hostetler nets 9 points

Lightning coach sees big gains from last year

Girls lacrosse

High schools

April 10, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

How does it feel spend two hours in the pouring rain playing lacrosse, only to lose, 17-4?

Pretty good, actually.

At least that's the way Long Reach's girls saw things yesterday, and they had a point. The Lightning was beaten -- but not annihilated -- on the road against River Hill, and scored four times against a team that shut it out the previous year.

"As a team, I think we've actually come a long way since last year," said Long Reach coach Denise Furtaw. "Obviously, we're not the same caliber team as River Hill, but the girls played their hearts out today. I think we played a respectable second half out there."

The Hawks, however, simply had more experience and one of the best athletes in the county in Laura Hostetler. The junior midfielder wove her way through the rain and the Lightning defense, scoring five goals and handing out four assists. Senior captain Amanda Tack added four goals, and Robyn Bishop and Shana Myers had two each.

"That's one good thing about our team this year is that we're pretty well-rounded," said Hawks coach Mike Senisi. "Laura has led the team in goals and assists, but Amanda and Amber [Fadrowski] have been scoring a lot for us as well."

River Hill (4-1) had a 7-0 lead before Tory Holland got the Lightning (1-2) on the board, scoring after a nice run through the Hawks' defense 3:50 before halftime. Hostetler continued to rack up points for River Hill, thanks to some deft passing around the net, but Long Reach -- which fields only 17 players -- showed some signs of improvement in the second half, getting two goals from senior Robyn Yeatman and another from Sarah Carter.

"Last year, we never even scored a goal against Mount Hebron, River Hill and Centennial," Furtaw said. "So to get four goals this year shows me our attack has come a long way."

River Hill's young squad has made strides, too, and Senisi believes the Hawks will be in the thick of the race to finish second in the county behind Mount Hebron, the top team in the area and perhaps the country.

"It should be a very interesting race," Senisi said. "Glenelg and Centennial always are good, and we haven't proven we can beat them since I've been here. But it's coming along. The girls are really excited about things, and so it should be a lot of fun."

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