Glenelg Country teams up on Oldfields, 16-12

Dragons avenge final loss despite 10 McBrearty goals

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 23, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Even as Kady McBrearty fashioned one of her best games of the season, the Glenelg Country girls lacrosse team put together a better one.

McBrearty, a junior attacker from Oldfields, scored a game-high 10 goals, but the host Dragons relied on depth and motivation to carry them to a 16-12 victory over the defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference champion yesterday.

The game was a first of sorts for both teams. It was Oldfields' first loss to a conference opponent since it dropped a decision to Francis Scott Key in the IAAM final in 2000.

The win was Glenelg Country's first against Oldfields since Paige Walton took over the Dragons four years ago.

"This is really big because last year, they kind of smooshed us," said junior midfielder Courtney Hoke, referring to a 17-7 loss to the Cavaliers in last spring's final. "It felt good to smoosh them this time."

"It's a big step for us," Walton said. "But we still have a lot of conference games yet, and we may see them again in the playoffs."

If that is true, Glenelg Country (6-2 overall, 5-0 league) will be tested by McBrearty, a member of Oldfields' 2001 and 2002 conference championship teams.

Every time McBrearty touched the ball, she scored -- including seven of the Cavaliers' eight second-half goals.

Her third goal of the game with 10:34 left in the first half tied the score at 4, forcing Walton to call a timeout and remind her team of last year's loss.

"That made us want to beat them," said junior midfielder Annie Shippen, who led Glenelg Country with six goals. "She just told us that we needed to step it up a notch, and we did."

The pep talk worked. The Dragons scored five unanswered goals to close out the first half. Seven Glenelg Country players scored at least one goal.

Hoke added three goals and two assists, and sophomore midfielder Ellie Atkins recorded two goals and two assists.

The Cavaliers (4-3, 4-1) got a goal and an assist from freshman midfielder Brooke Evans, but they could not find more offense to complement McBrearty.

"They wanted it a little bit more than us," McBrearty said.

Still, Oldfields coach Julie Johnstone was proud of her team, which lost three of its top four scorers, its entire defense and goalkeeper to graduation.

"We are as confident as we were before," Johnstone said.

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