C.M. Wright rides fast start to final

Mustangs hold off S. River in 4A-3A semifinal, 13-10

Hebron, Century advance

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 22, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The C. Milton Wright girls lacrosse team has been a fast starter all season.

Last night's quick and impressive work out of the gate earned the No. 3 Mustangs a second straight trip to the Class 4A-3A state championship game.

Opening with seven straight goals against No. 7 South River, the Mustangs came away with a 13-10 semifinal win at Annapolis.

The Mustangs (16-1) counted on a balanced attack until senior attack Christina Frank (five goals, one assist) took over a pivotal stretch in the second half when the Seahawks (14-3) tried to rally.

With the lead cut to 8-6 with 15 minutes left, Frank scored off a nifty fake from the left, then in transition with the left hand and then on the left side to build the lead back up to 11-6.

The Mustangs will meet today's winner between Westminster and Walt Whitman in search of their first state crown.

"As a senior, I'm a leader and feel I should be taking control. I feel comfortable and confident doing that," said Frank, who now has 61 goals and 133 assists on the season.

Coming off a draining 14-13 double overtime win that knocked out defending state champ Broadneck on Wednesday, the Seahawks just weren't up for a C. Milton Wright team that was fast and aggressive at both ends.

"I told the girls to walk out of here with their heads held high," said South River coach Julie Norton. "We did so many good things this season: going undefeated in [Anne Arundel County] and winning our region - it hurts to lose but you have to be proud."

Class 3A-2A

No. 2 Mount Hebron 24, North Carroll 2: Eight Vikings scored at least two goals each at Urbana High School in Ijamsville to propel Mount Hebron to its 13th consecutive appearance in a state championship final.

Senior attack Kristen Slahor led the way with two goals and three assists as the North region champion Vikings (17-0) opened the game with five unanswered goals in the first 4 minutes, 8 seconds.

"We were ready," Slahor said, referring to the team's somewhat sluggish start against No. 14 North Harford in the East region final last Wednesday. "We didn't even hesitate. We started off with a bang."

Sophomore midfielder Megan Bosica posted three goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Cassie Krause and junior attack Meg Taylor each contributed a hat trick.

Mount Hebron, which extended its winning streak to 59 games, will play either Calvert or Catonsville on Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC. The Vikings will attempt to capture their eighth straight state crown and their 12th in the past 13 years.

Panthers coach Amy Eggers said a minor accident involving the school bus carrying the team seemed to unsettle the players.

- Edward Lee

Class 2A-1A

No. 11 Century 18, Glenelg 10: A trio of seniors in midfielders Kelly Kasper, Lauren Schwarzmann and goalie Ashley Benitez came through in a decisive second half as the Knights rolled at Southern in Harwood to advance to next week's state final.

They'll play the winner of today's Southern-Anne Arundel vs. Loch Raven semifinal.

Century makes its second straight appearance in the finals in just two varsity seasons. The Knights (16-2) lost to Hereford in last year's final.

"Every game, every practice this year was for the state championship game," said Kasper, who had four goals in each half for a game-high eight. "Losing the final last year was really hard and now we get the chance to prove ourselves. As a senior, I won't be satisfied unless we go out as a state champion."

Century had an 11-8 lead at the half, but scored twice on goals by Maryland-bound Kasper and Schwarznann (three goals, five assists), who is headed to Johns Hopkins, in the first couple minutes after the break for a 13-8 lead. Meanwhile, Benitez, who had 12 saves, made two outstanding blocks to keep Glenelg (13-5) in check until Ashley Levering scored back-to-back goals within 11 seconds to cut the Gladiators' deficit to 13-10.

Kasper scored three more, with goals by Brittany Zerhusen and Megan McGuire (five goals, three assists) sandwiched in between.

- Pat O'Malley

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