South River's second half sinks Broadneck, 17-11

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 05, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The South River girls lacrosse team had its attack working throughout its meeting with visiting Broadneck last night.

But when the No. 7 Seahawks' intensity picked up in other areas, too, and goalie Jen Heup put together a stretch in which simply nothing got by her, it spelled trouble for the defending Class 4A-3A state champion Bruins.

Midfielder Jenn Collins enjoyed the lead role in a balanced South River attack -- scoring five goals, assisting on one and holding her own on draws -- and the Seahawks scored five straight goals early in the second half to continue their regular-season roll with a convincing 17-11 win over the No. 6 Bruins.

South River (12-1) remained perfect in the county at 10-0 as it handed the Bruins (10-3) their first county defeat after nine straight wins.

The teams will meet again Tuesday in the county championship game at Arundel, and the big question for Broadneck will be who to try and stop. The Seahawks were without one of their top scorers, senior Frannie Sullivan, who has a broken arm but is cleared to play, so Collins and company stepped forward.

Courtney Highsmith scored three goals, Natalie Cullers had two goals and two assists, Jen May and Jill Hodges both had two goals and an assist, Lauren Disharoon had one goal and three assists and Kim Kontson contributed two goals.

"Our team isn't about one player," Collins said. "We all work together and play as a team. We had a lot of intensity and were able to pull it together. We just worked together with a positive attitude and stayed composed."

Neither team had a lead larger than two goals in an offense-happy first half that ended tied at 9.

After the teams exchanged early goals in the second half, the Seahawks kept scoring while Heup put the clamps on at the other end.

Two goals from Collins, two more from Highsmith and one by Cullers were unanswered as Heup made four of her eight saves for the game in a stretch that left the Seahawks with a 15-10 lead and 12:40 left.

The Bruins, who got four goals from Caroline Coe, never found their stride in the second half.

"We just lost all our momentum, and they kept playing the same way they did in the first half," said Broadneck senior Amy Skrickus, who scored twice.

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