Broadneck drags Annapolis along before breaking away

Bruins win sixth straight by scoring last 3 goals, 8-3

Girls lacrosse

High School

April 17, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Stephanie Jones doesn't mind if her Broadneck girls lacrosse team has to grind out victories. In fact, she prefers it.

The senior midfielder got her wish last night as the No. 12 Bruins outlasted No. 10 Annapolis, 8-3.

Host Broadneck (6-2, 6-0 Anne Arundel County), which led from start to finish in collecting its sixth consecutive victory, didn't pull away until it scored three unanswered goals in the final nine minutes.

"We don't like to just run down the field, shoot and score," said Jones, who scored two goals. "We like to win close games like this."

Annapolis took one more shot than Broadneck (20-19), but the Bruins controlled one more draw (7-6) than the Panthers.

Although Broadneck committed three more turnovers, the Bruins' defense contained Annapolis to just three goals - tying a season-low mark the Panthers registered in an 8-3 loss to then-No. 9 St. Mary's in the Annapolis Invitational last month.

After the Bruins staked themselves to a 3-1 halftime lead, Annapolis senior midfielder Teaera Strum opened the second half by taking a feed from junior attack Traci Phipps and rifling the ball inside the left post to cut the deficit to one.

Broadneck extended its lead to three off goals from senior attack Belen Coe and Jones, but Michelle DeChant converted a free-position attempt at the 14:06 mark to trim the lead to 5-3.

That's all the Panthers would get as sophomore midfielder Sonia Poerio, senior midfielder Brooke Richards and junior midfielder Jenn Gappert scored the game's final three goals.

The loss dropped Annapolis (6-3 overall) to 4-2 in the county, jeopardizing its hopes of defending its county championship.

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