C.M. Wright enjoys easy, happy ending: 19-6 win, state title

Stamper's 8 goals, 4 assists lead way past Westminster

High Schools

May 27, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After beating No. 5 South River in Friday night's state semifinal, C. Milton Wright's third-ranked girls lacrosse team avoided the temptation to celebrate too much.

"We made sure that wasn't it," said Mustangs defender Sarah Gallion. "We still had one more huge step to go, so we just focused."

The Mustangs took that last step last night, rolling past Westminster, 19-6, for the state Class 4A-3A championship at UMBC Stadium. The crown was the first for the Mustangs in nine trips to the state tournament and four trips to the final.

Senior midfielder Kadie Stamper had eight goals and four assists, tying the state championship record for goals in a game and breaking the record for total points. The Mustangs also tied the Class 4A-3A record for most goals in the title game.

Stamper said the Mustangs (17-1) were determined to take the title, especially after losing to Broadneck in sudden-death overtime a year ago.

"Freshman year, we didn't do anything. Sophomore year, we lost in state semis. Last year, we lost in double overtime. Senior year, we finally had to take it," said Stamper. "For the eight starting seniors who've been on varsity since freshman year, this is how it's supposed to work out."

After Stamper scored back-to-back goals within 12 seconds to negate an early 1-0 Owls lead, the outcome was never in doubt. The Mustangs ran to an 8-1 lead and were up 14-2 with 17:14 left in the game.

C. Milton Wright finished with a 38-20 advantage in shots. Westminster goalie Eboni Preston had nine saves and a couple of interceptions, but most of the time, the Mustangs were shooting right on top of her.

"We knew they were a fast team with a great transition and they had a lot of scorers," said Preston, "but it was just so awesome and amazing to be here. This is our first time ever being here, so this is history. Our inexperience took its toll on the field, but we were ready to play."

The Owls (10-7), who finished strong with three of the last five goals, got four goals from Brittany Baer and one each from Lindsay Nixon and Ann Rae Keel.

The Mustangs, however had just too much firepower. Christina Frank scored five goals; Lauren Greenberg, three; Kara Door, two; and Erin Rawlick, one. Katie McHugh had three assists.

Coach Carl Greenberg, whose Mustangs have won seven straight Harford County championships and 53 straight games against county opponents, said his players did not come into the game thinking they could beat the Owls handily.

"To their credit, they came out and they didn't look past this team. They didn't pay attention to the newspapers or the Internet. They didn't go look at their record. I was worried about that a little bit, but they took it upon themselves," said Greenberg.

Goals: CMW-Stamper 8, Frank 5, Greenberg 3, Dorr 2, Rawlick; W-Baer 4, Nixon, Keel. Assists: CMW-Stamper 3, McHugh 3, Dorr 2, Maranto 2; W-Warehime. Saves: CMW-Barnes 7; W-Preston 9; Cavanaugh 1. Half: CMW, 9-2.

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