C.M. Wright earns respect, 10-5 win

Second-half scoring burst defeats No. 13 St. Mary's

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

March 30, 2003|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

C. Milton Wright's players used a perceived lack of respect for their team as motivation against No. 13 St. Mary's yesterday in Annapolis.

Coach Carl Greenberg didn't want to hear it, though. He told his team that respect had to be earned.

The Mustangs did exactly that, using four goals early in the second half to break open a tight game and defeat St. Mary's, 10-5.

Kadie Stamper led C.M. Wright (1-0) with four goals. Mary Key had three goals for the Saints.

"We thought we had something to prove today," said Stamper. "We lost in the state semifinals by one goal last year, and we still can't get any respect. They have a good team, but I think we wanted it more today."

With the game tied at 3 late in the first half, the Mustangs capitalized on Katie McHugh's second of three goals to take a 4-3 lead with 23 seconds left before halftime. At the break, Greenberg told his team what to look for in the second half.

"I told them that [St. Mary's] wasn't going to roll over for us, and that we had to survive their first punch in the second half," he said. "If they come out and score, we need to have an answer."

Greenberg was correct. The Saints (3-1) tied the game on a fast-break goal by Jenna Hubbard just 48 seconds after halftime. Then the Mustangs went into action.

With 18:44 left, Christina Frank dodged a defender and put a shot in the upper right corner of the net past Saints keeper Allie Boute to give C.M. Wright a 5-4 lead.

Just over three and a half minutes later, Stamper scored on a bouncing shot to run the lead to 6-4. She added another goal 1:57 after that, scoring in the upper corner of the net to make it 7-4. The Saints never threatened again.

"Our attack began to connect better in the second half," said McHugh. "We realized that we could play with them, and we gained confidence. After that, we became more aggressive."

Saints coach Sue Chittim agrees that the Mustangs don't get the credit they deserve, but she said her team's schedule also played a part in the loss.

"This is our fourth game this week, and it's their first," said Chittim. "We beat [No. 6] Bryn Mawr, [No. 12] Maryvale, and John Carroll earlier, and you could see that my girls were exhausted in the second half. We didn't play as a team, and we came out flat. To [C.M. Wright's] credit, they took advantage of that."

Boute, who had eight saves , said that overconfidence might have played a role in the loss.

"They have a good team, and we underestimated them," said Boute. "We play them again next month, and we'll make sure that doesn't happen again."

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