Shea's offense sets pace for Seton Keough


High Schools

April 22, 2004|By Katherine Dunn and Jeff Zrebiec | Katherine Dunn and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Junior midfielder Kerry Shea can get Seton Keough's ninth-ranked girls lacrosse team off to a quick start, and that's important for the Gators. Over the past three years, they have gone 31-1-1 when tied or leading at halftime and 3-16-1 when trailing.

In Tuesday's 11-6 win over No. 14 Mount de Sales, Shea scored the Gators' first four goals, giving them a 4-1 lead at the half.

"The most important thing that Kerry does for us is set the tone of the game," said first-year Gators coach Tierney Ahearn. "She's one of those kids who works so hard from start to finish. Whether she scores no goals or six goals, she is the most important player on the field."

Shea has scored 38 goals this season. Fourteen of those goals have come in the past three games - six against Mount de Sales, four in a 10-9 victory over highly regarded Moorestown, N.J., on Saturday and four in a 9-8 loss to No. 8 St. Mary's on Friday.

Don't think the Gators are a one-girl team. Megan Carver (29 goals), Bridget Gambino (17 goals, 13 assists), Ashley Jones(17 goals) and Kelly McGrath (16 goals) also play major roles.

Kelly O'Connell leads a defense that has allowed an average of just 6.4 goals, putting the Gators (9-3-1, 6-2-1 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference) on pace to break the school record of 7.4 set in 1994.

Harris signs with La Salle

All-Metro basketball guard Darnell Harris of St. Frances on Sunday signed a national letter of intent with La Salle University and will attend the program on a full scholarship.

The 6-foot-2 sharpshooter averaged 19.5 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Panthers, who finished the season ranked No. 6 in The Sun with a 26-7 record.

Mathews to call it quits

Longtime North Harford athletic director Fran Mathews announced earlier this week that this will be her last year in that position.

Mathews has been a physical education teacher at the Pylesville school for 34 years. She will continue to teach at the school next year, but is giving up her AD duties, which she held for 22 years, at the conclusion of this academic year.

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