C. Milton Wright's Kadie Stamper has put on quite a show against quality girls lacrosse teams in Anne Arundel County this week.
The senior midfielder made use of drama in Monday's win over No. 6 St. Mary's, scoring the game-winner in double overtime. As for last night's game at No. 12 South River, variety turned out to be her calling card.
With four goals, an assist, strong and effective work on draws and a take-charge presence in the closing minutes, Stamper led the No. 7 Mustangs to a well-earned, 11-9 win over the Seahawks in Edgewater.
"She steps up quite a bit," said C. Milton Wright coach Carl Greenberg, whose Mustangs improved to 2-0 for the season. "She's a special kid and there's really not a whole lot of answer for her from most teams. She picks up the tempo for us and we feed off of her."
In a game of spurts from both teams, the Mustangs had the final say, scoring five of the last six goals to turn a two-goal deficit into the two-goal win.
Stamper was in the middle of it all during the decisive minutes.
With the game tied at 9, she made a strong cut to the goal and neatly finished to give the Mustangs the lead for good with 4:48 to play. A little more than a minute later, she again found space in close, and when two defenders closed in, she neatly shoveled a pass to Gina Maranto for her second goal of the game and the insurance.
Senior goalie Jess Dibelka (11 saves) and a good possession game from the Mustangs took care of the rest.
"We were able to keep our intensity up the whole game and that was the key," said Stamper. "I know [South River] didn't lose any girls from last year and I know some of them so we knew it was a team we needed to respect, so we made sure not to be too overconfident."
The Seahawks (1-1), who got three goals from senior attack Frannie Sullivan and two from junior midfielder Jenn Collins, made their move a little too early, scoring four unanswered goals to take an 8-6 lead 10 minutes into the second half.
"It was a well-played game," said South River's first-year coach, Julie Norton.
"Something we'll work on in practice is working on denying. It's not just letting [a go-to player] catch the ball out at the 20 knowing that she can't shoot, but knowing if she catches the ball out there, she's going to take it in to score inside the eight."