Poly tops Western, 9-7, takes control of league

Engineers hold off rally for second win over Doves

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 26, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

With Poly's second win over neighbor Western this season, the Engineers appear well on their way to reclaiming the Baltimore City girls lacrosse title that the two shared last season.

The Engineers used a stellar defense led by Clare Odell and Amy Peyrot to hold off a late Doves rally and take a 9-7 victory yesterday on the field shared by both teams.

"For my last year, this means a lot, especially to beat them twice," said Odell, a senior. "They're always our toughest competition."

A year ago, the two teams played three times, with Western winning twice. One of those wins was a non-league game, so the Engineers and the Doves shared the city title. This season, they only play twice.

Yesterday, the Engineers (6-3, 5-0 city) held Western scoreless for a 19-minute stretch that began before halftime and didn't end until Kacie Ruark's goal with 10:29 to go. By then, the Doves had run up a 9-3 lead on six straight goals.

Odell did a terrific job marking out the city league's top scorer, Julia Nelson, who netted all of the Doves' goals in the earlier 8-3 Poly win.

"We're pretty close friends because we play soccer together, so it's a nice friendly competition," Odell said. "She's really good at rolling around the crease and on fast breaks, and she had all those three goals last time, so I was determined this game to shut her down."

As the defense did its job, Poly's balanced attack went to work. Karly Epps had two goals in the run, while Kiara James, Caitlin Mathers, Elise Victoria and Sandra Syntax had one each.

Victoria scored with 13:30 left to make Poly's lead 8-3, and Syntax added another with 11:36 to go.

"They mark up really well and they tend to double team, so it's hard to get through. You just have to try to do what you can to get past them," said Western attacker Julia Ruess, who scored six goals in her first game back after recovering from a broken left foot.

Ruark, who played in the goal in the first half, lit a fire under the Doves' offense by racing to the goal off the draw to cut the lead to 9-4 with 10:29 left. Ruess then scored three straight, but her last goal came with eight seconds left before time ran out.

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