Centennial gives big sister ruling hand in win over L. Reach

Katie Marks' Eagles defeat Andie's Lightning in first coaching matchup

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 09, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Big sister 1, little sister 0.

Officially, yesterday's girls lacrosse game between Centennial and host Long Reach will be recorded as a 14-4 victory for the visiting Eagles.

Unofficially, however, yesterday will be remembered as Centennial coach Katie Marks' first win against her younger sister Andie, who coaches the Lightning.

"There was no trash-talking going on," said fourth-year coach Katie Marks, who celebrated her 26th birthday yesterday. "It was more of a unique experience and something for us to cherish. Who knows how long we'll be able to do this?"

Although the sisters grew up playing for different schools in Howard County - Katie for Mount Hebron and Andie for Glenelg - the pair never met as opponents until yesterday.

"It was fun," said first-year coach Andie Marks, 24, who wrapped her older sister in a bear hug after the game. "I think that's what motivated the girls today. They said they wanted it for me."

Long Reach was the more vocal team at the start of the game and even directed a playful jab at Centennial by yelling, "Whup the Eagles!"

But Centennial (3-2 overall, 1-1 in Howard County) proved that stick skills and speed are much better indicators of a team's abilities, as the Eagles scored the game's first six goals.

The Lightning (1-5, 0-3) didn't register its first shot on goal until junior attack Monica Watson picked up a loose ball and fired it into the net with 6:01 left in the first half.

At the end of the half, Centennial owned distinct advantages in shots (16-2), draws (8-3) and, most importantly, the score (9-1).

The Eagles then opened the second half by scoring the first four goals.

Long Reach answered with consecutive goals by senior attack Rhasmi Bhanot, freshman midfielder Tina Bui and junior midfielder Sarah Carter. The Lightning trailed by nine after the spurt, but the scores were a psychological help, as they wiped away a running clock initiated by the Eagles' 10-goal gap.

Despite the convincing victory, "this was not our best game," said Eagles senior midfielder Elizabeth Foley, who posted two goals and four assists. "We have to put it behind us and move forward."

Centennial sophomore midfielder Chelsea Parks finished with five goals and three assists, and junior midfielder Brooke Zeitler registered a hat trick.

The Eagles also won without All-County senior midfielder Kelly Renzi, who had the flu.

"It caused the team to work together more because we were missing a really good player," Parks said. "We felt that we had to work harder because [Renzi] wasn't here."

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