Broadneck defeats South River, 14-11

Bruins are only unbeaten in Anne Arundel County

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 27, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Broadneck's senior-dominated girls lacrosse team has had its way with opponents most of the season. But there was still one more regular-season goal the Bruins wanted, and they got it last night.

With a spirited performance, No. 10 Broadneck remained unbeaten in Anne Arundel County by downing No. 14 South River, 14-11. The victory avenges a one-goal loss to the Seahawks last year.

"Yeah, it was on our minds," said Broadneck senior Stephanie Jones, who lead the visiting Bruins with four goals. "We talked about it before we came out. We used it as motivation."

The win over the Seahawks (9-1, 8-1 Anne Arundel) puts the Bruins (9-2, 9-0) in the driver's seat for a county championship berth.

"This has been a big week for us," said Broadneck's Brook Richards, who will attend Maryland on a lacrosse scholarship this fall. "We beat Severna Park Tuesday for the first time in seven years, but I think this was our biggest win. We really wanted this game."

After starting slow, the Bruins used two goals by Jones, and one each by Belen Coe, Kate Scott, and Jenn Gappert to run out to a 5-0 lead with 3:36 left in the first half.

South River responded. The Seahawks got on the board when Jen May beat Bruins goalie Melissa Puzak low with 2:40 left in the half. The Seahawks went on to score three more goals in a 1:02 span - by May, Evelyn Long and Lauren Disharoon - to cut the deficit to 5-4 with 47 seconds left in the first half.

Richards finally stopped the rally when she scored with four seconds left in the half to give Broadneck a 6-4 lead.

The Bruins owned the second half, eventually extending the lead to 14-8 with 10:53 left. South River feverishly attacked the goal and scored the final three goals, but by then it was too late.

"We had a lot of momentum early on, and then it shifted," said Broadneck coach Karen Chesley. "I credit our defense and [goalie] Melissa [Puzak] for keeping us in the game. We executed better than they did, and I think that was the difference in the game."

"You can't make a lot of mistakes against a good team and expect to win, and we made mistakes all over the field today," said South River coach Kim McNamar. "We played scared, and their experience showed; especially in the mental part of the game. We haven't had a competitive game this year, so maybe this [loss] might be good for us."

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