St. Stephen's/St. Agnes overwhelms Maryvale

No. 2 Lions get slow start in 6-4 loss to 12-1 Saints

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April 26, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Maryvale coach Erin Stewart laid out a three-word game plan for yesterday's contest at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes: "possession, patience and passion." The Lions saw that game plan executed perfectly -- by their opponents.

The Saints used all three to take a 6-4 victory over the No. 2 Lions, who didn't really come alive until the second half.

"We came out completely scared," said Lions midfielder Katie Chrest. "We were not intense. We said, `Let's win the hustle categories, get draw controls, get ground balls,' but when we got out there, we were just kind of dead on our feet."

That's not the way to start against the Saints (12-1), who are ranked No. 3 in The Washington Post and have lost only to Mount Hebron, 11-7.

The Saints jumped all over the ball and had a 2-0 lead in a little over three minutes. Kathleen Miller scored the first of her four goals and then Ashley Holden scored off a grounder that caromed out of the crease after Lions goalie Megan Huether snuffed a Lizzie Culvahouse shot.

Chrest finally got the Lions on the board midway through the half, but Miller scored twice more to run the Saints' lead to 4-1 with 6:38 left.

Late in the half, the Lions (8-1-1) got back within two thanks to Casey Hazel, but they gave up a backbreaker when Jennifer Holden's goal finished a fast break off the goalie clear with two seconds left in the half.

Holden's goal loomed especially large after Laura Nolan and Kelly Mulford scored the first two goals of the second half to pull the Lions within 5-4 with 7:38 left. But those were the only two shots the Lions would take in the second half.

The Saints just wouldn't let them get the ball, winning nine of 12 draws and snatching up 13 Lions turnovers.

For the Saints, who have beaten their local competition by an average of 14.4 goals, yesterday's victory makes them 3-1 against Baltimore-area teams.

"These are my favorite games, my entire team's favorite games," said Miller, a junior midfielder who played with Chrest and Huether on the national schoolgirl champion Mid-Atlantic I team last spring. "In order to get better and play top-level lacrosse, you have to play the best competition out there and as the entire world knows the center of lacrosse is in Baltimore. We look forward to these games every single time."

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