Key, No. 13 St. Mary's score early, often vs. Maryvale

Saints race to 6-0 lead, beat IAAM `A' champ, 12-4

Girls lacrosse

March 26, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

St. Mary's senior attacker Mary Key is quick to point out it's only two games and there's still 18 to play. But as for early-season statements, the No. 13 Saints have come out with one that's well-prepared.

Yesterday in Annapolis, the Saints started out fast against Maryvale, the defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference lacrosse champion, scoring the game's first six goals en route to a convincing 12-4 win over the No. 12 Lions.

After a seven-goal performance in the Saints' 10-6 win over No. 6 Bryn Mawr on Monday, Key was back at it yesterday, scoring five more goals and adding four assists to lead the Saints to the impressive 2-0 start.

That's 12 goals and four assists for Key and two conference wins in two days for the Saints, results St. Mary's first-year coach Sue Chittim likes adding up.

"Mary is our team leader. Her stick is a big help, but her heart is even bigger for us," said Chittim, who got goals from five other players in the win. "We're blessed with an outstanding group of attackers. We're at our best when we're attacking with patience, and that's what paid off today. Everyone is working real well together."

It showed early with the Saints controlling the ball and finding the cage.

The 6-0 lead came from six different scorers.

Jackie Gateau scored on the Saints' first possession. Jenna Hubbard followed with a goal in transition. Kim Pastrana was next. Then Julie Gladchuk converted off a free position. Meghan Goodhand made it 5-0, and then Key, who assisted on the first two goals, began her goal-scoring spree that continued through the second half.

"One thing we've worked on is coming out prepared, playing with intensity early and running our plays. We did that," Key said. "We knew going in we weren't going to be given much respect based on last year [10-9-3], going up against the defending champs. I don't know if they were ready for us."

With eight of 12 starters gone from last year, the Lions (0-1) will need some time to find their way. Katie Sullivan scored twice, Mary Kellerman added one goal and one assist and keeper Laura Johnson finished with eight saves in the setback.

"We have to work on being a little more stingy on defense," said Maryvale coach Erin Stewart. "We're going to have our bumps along the way, but fortunately this league is about the tournament. For us, it's across the board with our offense thinking on the same page and our defense thinking on the same page. I expect them to come out every day and expect to win - that's something some of them still have to learn a little."

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