Notre Dame Prep starts with flurry, repels Severn

Quick 5-goal lead stakes Blazers to 12-8 triumph

Girls lacrosse

April 26, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Coming off an 11-goal defeat on Tuesday, the seventh-ranked Notre Dame Prep girls lacrosse team came out strong yesterday afternoon.

The visiting Blazers scored six times in the opening 11 minutes to build a five-goal advantage, then held on for a 12-8 victory over No. 13 Severn in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Sinclair Division game in Severna Park.

Junior attack Coco Stanwick scored three of her five goals in the game's opening nine minutes, as NDP (6-3-1, 3-1-1 Sinclair Division) rebounded from a resounding 20-9 thumping to top-ranked Mount Hebron.

"We played well, came out strong and kept up the intensity," Stanwick said. "It was a great team win, and it felt really nice after a loss like Hebron to come out here and show that we're a good team."

For NDP, senior attack Carli Vogler added two goals and an assist; junior attack Amanda Alrich had two goals; junior midfieler Alex Gangler recorded two assists; and senior Alli Nuzzi had a goal and an assist.

In defeat, Severn junior attack Schuyler Sutton had five goals and two assists, and sophomore Jessica Adam added two goals and an assist.

Severn (9-4-2, 2-2-1) outshot NDP, 26-20, but started slowly in both halves. After falling behind 6-1 with 14:22 remaining in the first half, the Admirals fought back to close within 7-5 behind the play of Sutton, who scored three times during that stretch. Stanwick scored with 1:07 remaining in the half to give NDP an 8-5 halftime lead, and the Blazers then opened the second half with three straight goals to take their biggest advantage, 11-5.

"Our feet looked slow, we didn't anticipate and weren't very aggressive at the beginning of both halves," Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos said. "And they passed on that, as any good team would. Trying to come back from a hole that deep, it's difficult against any team, let alone somebody like NDP."

Severn applied plenty of pressure over the final 15 minutes but could not overcome NDP freshman goaltender Alex Piraino, who made 10 of her 14 saves in the second half.

"We took a lot of not very thoughtful shots," said Sutton, a junior attack. "We just kind of gave it away sometimes, but she was a good goalie. Some of our shots weren't the best choice selection. We could have settled it down a little more instead of just throwing it away right as we came down on the fast break. It worked for them, but it wasn't working for us."

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