No. 7 Notre Dame Prep rises to occasion, 10-6

Blazers race to 4-0 lead against No. 8 St. Mary's

Girls lacrosse

High School

April 16, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Besides their love for girls lacrosse and their desire to win, Alli Nuzzi and Mary Bartel can agree on another thing: Notre Dame Prep played its best game of the season yesterday.

The seventh-ranked Blazers lived up to their name as they raced out to a 4-0 lead and never let up en route to a convincing 10-6 victory over visiting and No. 8 St. Mary's in a non-divisional Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference match-up in Towson.

The win helped the reigning IAAM champions improve to 4-2-1 and temporarily forget last week's 11-7 setback to then-No. 7 Bryn Mawr.

"Everything clicked today," said Nuzzi, a senior midfielder. "Coming off a loss is hard, but I think it made us work harder."

Asked if yesterday's performance was the best she had seen from her team this season, Bartel replied, "So far, yes. We knew that St. Mary's would be great and that we would have to put forth a good effort. ... The kids put it all together."

Notre Dame Prep dominated in nearly every aspect of the game, outshooting the Saints, 27-9; controlling 14 of 18 draws; and limiting St. Mary's to its second-lowest output of the year.

"They wanted it more," Saints coach Erika Bristow said of the Blazers. "Normally, Notre Dame Prep is a big game for us, but I don't know what happened to us."

Neither team looked particularly impressive in the game's first 12 minutes, but the Blazers broke the deadlock by riding the stick of senior attack Carli Vogler.

Vogler, who scored nine goals in a 17-9 thumping of C. Milton Wright 12 days ago, pumped in Notre Dame Prep's first two goals in a span of 62 seconds.

Junior attack Coco Stanwick made it 3-0 1:25 later, and senior attack Marissa Giannerini extended the lead to four.

St. Mary's senior midfielder Brooke Dieringer and sophomore midfielder Kimi Pastrana cut the lead in half, but Vogler scored her third goal of the half with 2:04 left to help the Blazers enjoy a 5-2 advantage at halftime.

After Saints senior midfielder Jaimee Motley opened the second half with a goal, Notre Dame Prep went on a 3-0 run courtesy of two scores from Vogler and one from junior midfielder Amanda Alrich.

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