C.M. Wright withstands test from Bel Air, 10-5

No. 14 Mustangs prevail in first loss by Bobcats

Girls lacrosse

April 30, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

When you haven't lost a county game in more than five seasons, you learn what's it's like to be the hunted.

Last night, the C. Milton Wright girls lacrosse team looked quite comfortable with the bull's-eye on its jerseys.

The 14th-ranked Mustangs took upstart Bel Air's best shot early before surging to a 10-5 win in a key Harford County game at the Bobcats' Al Cesky Field.

C. Milton Wright needed a five-goal run, sparked by three goals from junior midfielder Kadie Stamper spanning the first and second halves to put away the Bobcats, who lost for the first time this season. Bel Air fell to 8-1 overall, 5-1 in the county.

"I think everybody's goal in the county is to beat C. Milton Wright because they've been on top for so long," said Bel Air coach Angela Ward, whose team got two goals each from Colby Bugda and Kelly Fahey. "Our team worked hard, but we just made a few mistakes."

The Mustangs (8-3, 5-0) won their 46th straight game against county opposition, dating back to March 1997.

With a win tomorrow against Fallston, C. Milton Wright can notch its sixth straight county title, but it hasn't been always easy this year.

Eight days ago, the Mustangs needed Katie McHugh's double-overtime goal to beat North Harford. Last night, they spent most of the first half frustrated by their inability to break down Bel Air, a team it beat, 16-0, last season.

"I guess remembering the score last year, we came in a little cocky, but this was a really tough game for us," said Stamper.

Bobcats goalie Catie Smith made sure of that early, rebuffing several point-blank shots en route to a nine-save first half. C. Milton Wright didn't score until the 6:07 mark - on its 11th shot- when senior Tori Joel found the net to cut the Bel Air lead to 2-1.

"Our offense was very stagnant early and we weren't getting any continuity between our midfield and attack," said Mustangs coach Carl Greenberg.

Shooting high after watching Smith gobble up its low shots, C. Milton Wright got goals from Kara Dorr and Gina Maranto to tie it at 3.

Then, at the 1:38 mark, Stamper scored her first goal and assisted Maranto 30 seconds later for a 6-5 halftime lead.

It stretched to 8-4 as C. Milton Wright got one goal from McHugh (two goals, two assists) and two from Stamper in the first nine minutes of the second half.

Junior defender Sarah Gallion made sure the lead held up, making two key checks after the Bobcats' Fahey made it 8-5.

"We couldn't lose this game," said Stamper. "You never want to be on the team that loses the streak."

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