C.M. Wright topples Broadneck, 10-6

Frank helps Mustangs avenge last year's title loss

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 09, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

For the C. Milton Wright girls lacrosse team, it didn't matter that it was a hike from Harford County to Anne Arundel Community College where yesterday's game was played, practically in the backyard of its opponent.

The No. 6 Mustangs came more than ready to play, and it was no coincidence their opponent in the tournament game was defending Class 4A-3A state champion and No. 3 Broadneck.

C. Milton Wright avenged last season's sudden-death state championship loss with a resounding 10-6 win over the Bruins yesterday - leaving little suspense.

Mustangs senior attack Christina Frank scored four of her game-high five goals to provide a 7-1 halftime lead that was never in doubt.

"We just had something to prove," said Frank. "We were all pumped up and excited, and we know we have a lot of potential on this team this year - we wanted to show that. Everybody came up big today."

And it didn't take long.

Controlling most of the draws and scooping up most of the ground balls in the first half, the Mustangs were efficiently scoring at one end and shutting down Broadneck's chances at the other to build the halftime lead.

Frank got offensive support from senior midfielder Kadie Stamper, who scored both of her goals and had one of her two assists in the first 25 minutes.

Senior goalie Jess Dibelka had five of her seven saves in the first half to keep the momentum in the Mustangs' favor.

"We didn't do much differently [than last year's 9-8 loss to the Bruins in the state title game]," said C. Milton coach Carl Greenberg. "We expected to go up against a quality team and we did. We had a chance to be successful and we played well."

The Mustangs (5-0) have felt right at home in Anne Arundel County, with three of their wins coming against ranked opponents from there.

Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall, whose Bruins fell to 3-1, did all she could to have her players prepared for their first serious test of the season.

With most of their attack players back led by senior Allie Johnson (three goals), but their entire line defense gone from last year, the Bruins proved no match for the Mustangs in the pivotal first half.

"I think [C. Milton Wright's] preparation level was different from ours. We knew they would come in all fired up and ready to go, and we couldn't match their intensity," said Tengwall. "It's nice that it's nice and early in the season and we can learn from this game."

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