C. Milton Wright handles Liberty, 13-8

Mustangs score first six goals, cruise to victory

Girls lacrosse

April 01, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With only three seniors and nine players who are either freshmen or sophomores, the C. Milton Wright girls lacrosse team may be short on experience.

As they proved to host Liberty last night, however, the Mustangs are anything but short on talent.

In a matchup of two teams that have dominated their respective counties for several years, five-time defending Harford County champion C. Milton Wright scored the game's first six goals, eventually building a 10-goal lead and cruising to a 13-8 win over the Lions, who have won the Carroll County crown 12 of the past 13 years.

After getting blown out by the Lions a year ago, the Mustangs (2-0) took advantage of a team trying to replace eight players who went on to play Division I in college, as well as their 15-year coach, Courtney Vaughn, who now is building a first-year program at Winters Mill.

"Last year, their riding game really did a job on us. We couldn't throw the ball and we couldn't handle their double team," said C. Milton Wright coach Carl Greenberg. "The girls were really looking forward to coming back out and proving themselves this year."

Led by senior Tori Joel and Val Bish, who scored three goals each, as well as junior Kadie Stamper (two goals, four assists) and sophomore Kara Dorr (two goals), C.M. Wright dominated from the outset, winning loose balls, making stops on defense and using its transition game to score easy goals.

"Our transition game worked really well this game," Stamper said. "And [defensively] we marked up tight. We double-teamed the ball really well near midfield. We were a very intense team right from the very beginning."

The Mustangs quickly warmed up on this blustery, cold night by opening the game with six straight goals over the first 8:46, and led 12-2 with just under 20 minutes to play. The Lions (0-2), meanwhile, struggled at times with the basics, including throwing and catching the ball.

"Today was the first time we've ever had a problem with fundamentals," said first-year coach Nicki Jones. "I don't know if it was because their hands were frozen or what, but we've never had a problem with that."

Liberty, however, did make a late run.

Led by Sarah Hannon and Kari Fasick, who scored two goals each, the Lions nearly made a game of it by outscoring the Mustangs 6-1 over the final 10:15.

"As long as they weren't giving up, that's fine," said Jones, whose team will attempt to pick up its first win against county rival North Carroll tonight.

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