Stamper paces No. 7 Wright in 2 OTs, 9-8

Fourth goal, leadership upend No. 6 St. Mary's

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

March 23, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

It was cold and her team was tired after 56 minutes of up-and-down lacrosse, so C. Milton Wright senior midfielder Kadie Stamper decided to take matters into her own hands.

Awarded the first draw of the second overtime after a foul called on St. Mary's, Stamper burst through the middle, eluded two checks and fired a shot past Saints goalie Allie Buote, giving the seventh-ranked and host Mustangs a 9-8 victory over No. 6 St. Mary's in the nonconference season opener for both teams.

The goal, which came on a low shot just 15 seconds into the sudden-death overtime, was Stamper's fourth of the game.

"Everyone was really tired because of all of the pressure we were trying to put on them, and I was just trying to end it," said the Johns Hopkins-bound Stamper, who was last year's Harford County Player of the Year.

Stamper actually set herself up for the heroics. It was her goal - with 35 seconds left in the first overtime after Gina Maranto forced a key turnover - that kept the Mustangs alive.

The Saints had taken an 8-7 lead early in the first overtime when sophomore Samantha Schrum converted a pass from junior Bridget Noon (goal, two assists).

The first overtime is a mandatory six minutes; the second ends when there is a score.

"Obviously, you want [Stamper] to handle the ball in those situations," said Mustangs coach Carl Greenberg. "With her being the senior, she took the initiative to finish it, and she definitely has the green light to do that."

It was a good start to a week where the Mustangs will play No. 12 South River on Thursday and Archbishop Spalding on Saturday.

"We love this," said Stamper. "We are from little Harford County, but when we play these teams, it's about getting respect."

Yesterday's game featured stellar goalie play from Buote (15 saves) and the Mustangs' Jess Dibelka (12 saves), and was marked by numerous runs. After C. Milton Wright took a 2-0 lead on goals by Katie McHugh and Kara Dorr, Saints junior Melinda Jones capped a four-goal run with consecutive tallies for a 4-2 St. Mary's lead at halftime.

The Mustangs answered when senior Christina Frank rolled the crease for two goals and Stamper added another for a 7-5 lead.

Senior Kelly Gonzales (two goals) got one back for the Saints before Kimi Pastrana drove to the goal and tied the game with about five seconds left in regulation.

"I challenged them and told them they were good enough to make up this deficit and they responded," said Saints coach Sue Chittim. "I was proud to be their coach today."

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