Southern-AA's variety spices up 11-2 victory

Top scorer out, 8 Bulldogs pick up offensive slack vs. Key to make title game

Class 2A-1A girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 19, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Without leading scorer Lauren Zang, Southern girls lacrosse coach Linda Kilpatrick hoped someone would fill the void.

The Bulldogs of Anne Arundel County didn't disappoint: Eight players recorded at least one point in an 11-2 thumping of Francis Scott Key in a Class 2A-1A state semifinal at CCBC-Catonsville yesterday.

"Everybody contributed," said Kilpatrick, whose squad will meet defending Class 2A-1A state champ and No. 3 Hereford in the final at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at UMBC. "We really needed everyone to step up today, and they did."

Leading the way for Southern was sophomore attack Nicole Manas. With Zang (38 goals and eight assists) serving a one-game suspension for incurring a red card in Wednesday's 11-10 win against Queen Anne's in the East Region final, Manas assisted on four of the Bulldogs' seven first-half goals.

"We were getting everyone to have some sort of stats today," she said. "We made some good picks and moved our feet. We didn't stand still."

Southern, which was making its ninth appearance in a state semifinal, dominated the first half against the Eagles of Carroll County.

The Bulldogs (8-7) controlled eight of the half's nine draws and owned a 15-4 advantage in shots while building a 7-1 halftime lead.

Southern's transition defense prevented Francis Scott Key from getting into its offensive zone and setting up its attack. The Eagles took only 12 shots against senior goalkeeper Charlotte Dixon (five saves) and her interior defense of senior Stephanie Thompson, juniors Katie McNamara and Ashleigh Crane, and sophomore Chelsea Thomas.

"We had to get in the middle and stop them," said Thompson, who credited assistant coach Bobby Crane with drawing up the defensive scheme. "He told us that we had to keep them out of the midfield and slow them down because they're a fast transition team."

Sophomore attack Rachel Devilbiss scored both goals for Francis Scott Key (7-9), which was in its first state semifinal.

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