Catonsville tops Hereford, 10-7

Castle holds fort in goal as Comets rebuff Bulls

Class 3A-2A South regional girls lacrosse final

High Schools

May 20, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After upsetting No. 13 Towson on Tuesday, Catonsville carried the momentum over to last night in the regional title game against Hereford.

The Comets ran up an early three-goal lead, boosted it to six and held off a late surge from visiting Hereford to take a 10-7 victory and win the Class 3A-2A South championship.

Catonsville, which won its only state girls lacrosse title in 1996, will now meet Calvert, a 21-3 winner over J.M. Bennett in yesterday's East regional final, tomorrow or Saturday in the state semifinal.

Comets goalie Claire Castle made half of her 12 saves in the first 19 minutes, and defenders Shannon Brushe, Hannah Pfeifer, Lauren Holden and Caitlin Plitt helped Castle hold the Bulls scoreless on their first nine shots.

"We were still really pumped about our win [Tuesday]," said attacker Claire Cunniff of the Comets' 9-7 victory at Towson. "Our defense played amazing [Tuesday] and we knew Hereford would be a challenge. We had to come out strong and finish up strong."

Catonsville (12-3) certainly started out strong, but Hereford (14-3) finished strong. Winners of the past three 2A-1A state championships before moving up this school year, the Bulls began to rally from a 9-3 deficit with 6:08 left.

But once again, Castle came to the Comets' rescue.

The Bulls got to Castle for three goals in less than three minutes during a 3-1 run that cut the Comets' lead to 10-6. After their sixth goal, from Caitlin Green with 2:22 left, the Bulls won the draw, but Castle saved the ensuing shot by Sasha Cielak.

After a Comets turnover in the attacking end, Jen Neubauer raced to goal and scored, cutting the Catonsville lead to 10-7 with 1:01 to go. But Castle would make two saves in the final 31 seconds to preserve the victory.

Bulls attacker Brittany Berger said her team took too many high shots against Castle.

"She a very strong goalie at blocking high shots," said Berger. "We didn't move her enough. If we could have moved her high and then shot low, I think we could have had more goals."

The Comets did a good job of handling Hereford's pressure defense that double-teamed the ball quickly against the set offense.

"They did pressure the ball," said Cunniff, "but we pulled them out really far and we tried to keep it spread and move the ball around so that we had [isolation opportunities] going to goal."

The Comets, who had only one assisted goal, found its opportunities, getting three goals from Cunniff and two each from Sandy Wasserbach, Clare Dennis and Jennifer Bach. Ashley Rude and Amanda Jones scored two each for the Bulls.

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