Davies, No. 3 Broadneck handle Severna Park, 11-5

Midfielder's 5 goals spark victory over No. 7 Falcons

Girls lacrosse

April 20, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Quicker at midfield, sharper in goal and smoother on attack, the Broadneck girls lacrosse team enjoyed the advantage in each area yesterday against visiting Severna Park.

The No. 3 Bruins' reward was a satisfying 11-5 victory over the No. 7 Falcons, as Broadneck effectively stated its case in its first big Anne Arundel County test of the season.

With senior midfielder Natasha Davies dominating the middle, scoring five goals and adding an assist, and goalie Erika Webb making things tough for the Falcons' attack with 11 saves, the Bruins improved to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the county. They also sent the Falcons (6-3) home with their first league loss.

"We knew this was one of the big games of the season and our hearts and heads had to be in it. And that's what won us the game," Davies said. "[Severna Park] is an amazing team but we outhustled them to everything."

Leading 2-1 at the half, the Bruins scored three goals in the first five minutes of the second half to take control. Junior midfielder Ali Flury scored two of her three goals in the stretch, and sophomore Rachel Sandifer scored the other.

The Falcons, who got three goals from Kristen Burke, scored twice to make it 5-3, but the Bruins had the necessary answers to win going away.

Flury said positive halftime words from coach Karen Tengwall sent the Bruins in the right direction.

"She just told us to have confidence, try our best and go get the best opportunities we could and make the most of them," Flury said.

While the offense got on track in the second half, Tengwall credited the strong play of Webb in the cage throughout as the biggest key. The junior made six saves in the tight first half and some timely ones in the second half when the Falcons were trying to close the gap.

"It all starts with Erica. When she comes up with those big saves, it makes it so much easier for the team's momentum to head down the other end," Tengwall said.

The Bruins got one goal and one assist from sophomore Kelsey Heisterman, with junior Jessie Heisterman and freshman Kari-Ellen Johnson adding two assists each.

Severna Park got two goals from freshman Hayley Rausch.

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