Quick-change artist West turns up scoring in Severna Park's 9-7 win

Defender goes on attack for 6 goals, tops Annapolis

Girls lacrosse

April 02, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park senior Carri West started last night's game against Annapolis as a defender and left it the offensive hero.

Switched to attack in the early going, West responded, using her speed to get to the cage. She finished with six goals to lead the No. 7 Falcons to a 9-7 lacrosse victory over the host and No. 14 Panthers.

It's a big win for a young Severna Park team, which improved to 3-0. Annapolis falls to 3-1 (2-1 county).

"I was really surprised. Coach [Carin Peterson] told me to switch to attack. I'm not used to that, but I tried to stay focused and do well," said West, who now has nine goals on the season.

Senior Brooke Shinaberry, particularly stubborn early to help the Falcons build a 3-0 lead, handled much of the defensive load with 15 saves.

But after the Panthers, who got a three-goal performance from senior Michelle DeChant, settled in and worked their way back to get the game even at 6 with 16:38 left on a goal from Hayley McDonough, West came back with answers.

She scored less than two minutes later to make it 7-6, and scored another with 7:08 left. Then after DeChant got the Panthers back to 8-7 with 1:44 remaining, West provided the finishing touch with her sixth and final goal in the closing seconds.

"Carri is tough to stop. She usually plays defensive wing, but we saw a matchup that could work in our favor and it worked out well," said Peterson, who also credited the strong play in goal from Shinaberry.

Severna Park also got two goals and an assist from junior Katherine Pumphrey. The Panthers got the same from senior Kelsey Mays.

"We let them jump out fast, but once we got our feet under us, we played real well," said Annapolis coach David Gehrdes. "It was pretty much a one-goal game."

With fewer chances but better aim, the Falcons took a 4-3 lead at the half.

Junior Zara Nematollahi scored just 47 seconds in for a quick lead that extended to 3-0 on goals by Pumphrey and West.

The Panthers had more possession time, but Shinaberry turned aside their first six chances before Mays turned a turnover into a goal to cut the Falcons' lead to 3-1 with 7:07 left in the first half.

After DeChant scored for Annapolis and West answered for the Falcons late in the first half, a last-minute goal from Traci Phipps cut the lead to 4-3 and gave the Panthers momentum going into the second half.

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