C. Milton Wright closes season, Century with a flourish, 10-6

No. 3 Mustangs score last 4 goals to foil No. 11

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 07, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

C. Milton Wright's girls lacrosse team came up with a big finish - not only to its regular season but to its victory over Century last night in Sykesville.

The No. 3 Mustangs scored the last four goals of the game to put away a pesky No. 11 Century team, 10-6, in a crosstown clash between two of the area's top public school teams.

After Kara Dorr, Gina Maranto and Katie McHugh gave C. Milton Wright a 9-6 lead, coach Carl Greenberg called a timeout to brace the Mustangs (13-1) for a Century surge.

But good ball control, patience on attack and a big save from goalie Jess Dibelka helped the Mustangs maintain their lead. Christina Frank provided the finishing touch on a crease roll with 2:25 left.

"We knew to expect their best punch after the timeout, so we came out ready to give it our all," said Mustangs defender Sarah Gallion. "Greenberg told us to end our season with a huge exclamation mark. That's what we wanted to do. We just wanted to show everybody who C. Milton Wright is."

The Mustangs, who got 14 saves from Dibelka, had the ball most of the final 14 minutes, taking advantage of a few Century turnovers and bit of impatience on the Knights' attack.

"A couple mistakes. A couple turnovers. That really killed us," said Century coach Rose Pentz. "In a game like this against a strong team like that, you can't afford turnovers and you can't afford even the slightest mistake. It got away from us because of that and it's tough to get it back."

Until the last 14 minutes, both teams had jostled for the lead. The Knights (11-2) jumped out early on two Kelly Kasper free-position goals. The Mustangs came back with a four-goal run. The Knights answered that with a pair to tie at 4 with 2:58 left in the first half. The teams traded goals until Lauren Schwarzmann tied it at 6 with 16:34 to go.

While Kasper and Schwarzmann did all of Century's scoring with three goals each, the Mustangs were more versatile on their offense. Five players scored with Dorr netting three goals and Maranto, Frank and McHugh two each. Kadie Stamper had one.

"We tried to focus on a few of their players," said Schwarzmann, "but they worked it around. They got other girls open and obviously, they could shoot, too. It was hard to defend all of them."

C. Milton Wright tightened up its defense later in the game, keeping the Knights from getting good looks at the cage and forcing them out of their transition game. The Mustangs also did a better job possessing the ball after forcing a turnover, controlling a draw or getting the ball off one of Dibelka's six second-half saves.

"We didn't get into the flow of our offense [in the first half]," said Greenberg. "Once we had the ball on offense, we were being successful. We were getting shots and we were scoring, but we couldn't get enough possessions.

"In the second half, we started to pick up a few more possessions and we got a few more breaks."

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