Southern gets closer to fond farewell

12-7 win over Loch Raven puts coach in state final

Catonsville hangs on, 10-9

Girls lacrosse state semifinals

High Schools

May 23, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Southern girls lacrosse team has come up with a postseason plan to ensure longtime coach Linda Kilpatrick goes out in style.

What better way than playing on the season's last day?

With Melissa Line leading the attack, Abbey Smith controlling the middle and goalie Amanda Church being simply spectacular, the Bulldogs of Anne Arundel County assured that yesterday in Harwood, coming away with a 12-7 victory over Loch Raven in the Class 2A-1A state semifinals.

Kilpatrick is stepping down after 18 seasons and a 167-99 mark, but first she will try to lead the Bulldogs (10-6) past Century in the state final, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday at UMBC.

Century advanced with an 18-10 win over Glenelg on Friday.

"This is just awesome, not for me, but these [10] seniors. Last year, we didn't get to this point so we were disappointed and made it our goal to get here this year," said Kilpatrick, who has won three states titles.

After Loch Raven (12-2) took a 2-0 lead on goals from Jennifer Stone and Megan Kyne, the Bulldogs took over with Line, whose four consecutive goals led to a 7-3 lead that wasn't threatened.

Kyne, a junior attacker, scored four goals for Loch Raven, which also got a fine 16-save performance from goalie Kira Nuttall.

3A-2A

Catonsville 10, Calvert 9: Goalie Claire Castle made several point-blank stops and finished with 13 saves to help the Comets (15-3) pull out a 3A-2A semifinal win over the Cavaliers (15-2) at Urbana High in Ijamsville.

Maria Sweeney got the winning goal on a low shot with 5:38 left that lifted Catonsville to the state final Tuesday against top-ranked Mount Hebron at UMBC. The Vikings have won 59 straight games and are going for their eighth consecutive state championship.

The Comets jumped out to a 4-0 lead seven minutes into the game, but Castle already had stopped some tough shots from a high-powered Calvert offense. The Cavaliers kept coming and scored seven goals over a period of 12:36 to take a 7-6 lead late in the first half.

But Sandy Wasserbach (four goals, one assist) sparked Catonsville. She scored three straight goals for the Comets at one point. The junior gave the Comets an 8-7 lead with a goal 1:46 into the second half. Claire Dennis (two goals) then made it 9-7 with 18:39 left.

Calvert rallied again as Samantha Harrison scored two of her four goals to tie the game with 14:36 remaining. But Castle kept making big saves, including a stop on Ashlyn Meerholz's free-position shot with 6:59 left.

"I was definitely feeling the pressure," Castle said. "They came here to get us."

Said Catonsville coach Jill Altshuler: "She was just great today."

Wasserbach assisted on the decisive goal, and the Comets coolly ran out the clock, ending Calvert's 11-game winning streak.

4A-3A

Westminster 13, Walt Whitman 5: Sophomore Brittany Baer scored a game-high seven goals and junior Dee Warehime added three, as the Owls (9-6) raced out to a 4-0 lead on the Vikings (12-5) at Annapolis and went on to earn their first trip to the 4A-3A state final.

Westminster, which finished sixth this season in Carroll County, will face C. Milton Wright for the state title at 6 p.m. Wednesday at UMBC.

Westminster dominated from the outset by winning draws, spreading Whitman's defense and finding holes in the middle.

"We were able to cut and get open really easily today," Baer said. "We set picks for each other and just worked together. We knew we had to score."

The Vikings, meanwhile, failed to score on all eight of their free-position chances, with Owls goalie Eboni Preston (eight saves) coming up big on several.

Westminster led 7-2 at halftime and remained in control throughout, never allowing more than two straight goals.

Players said that competing against the likes of fellow state finalist Century and regional finalist South Carroll helped prepare them for the playoffs.

"We feel like we have nothing to lose out here," said Preston, whose team won just a single game this season against county competition. "Every step of the way we're making history."

Jeff Seidel and Rich Scherr contributed to this article.

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