J. Carroll taking it slowly



John Carroll girls soccer coach Gary Lynch knew things would be a little different this year. The Patriots blew through the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference last year, rolling to a 21-0 record and the championship.

But they lost several key players from that team, and Lynch decided to change some things. He shifted No. 5 John Carroll's style of play and then made a few more moves after a slow start to help the Patriots get to 7-3 after last week's games.

The Patriots, who lost seven players from last year's team, stumbled to a 1-3 start, and although Lynch was happy with the slower-paced, patient style, he had to move a few players again to make the system work. Lynch shifted Melissa Gomes to striker and moved Emily Horwath and Jenna Quaranta to the center of the field from the outside.

Those moves got the offense going, and the Patriots haven't lost since.

"We play a whole different style of game," Lynch said. "Last year was more freewheeling and faster-paced, I think. It's very controlled now, and they've bought into it, and they worked really hard at it."

Lynch had to make adjustments after losing Ashley Myers, Jamie Zimmerman and Rachel Layer to graduation. All three are on college teams and played a huge role in making the John Carroll offense go.

"Jamie was the speedster; Ashley was the finisher and Rachel [helped] control the game," Lynch said. "But it took a couple of weeks this season [to change]. We've worked at it."

Sophomore Allison Carey has been on a roll of late, scoring both goals in last week's 2-1 win over then-No. 9 Notre Dame Prep and with the winning score a few days later in a 1-0 victory against then-No. 11 IND.

The Patriots shut out No. 4 C.M. Wright, 6-0, on Monday night.

Lynch has liked how his team was changing the way it plays.

"We had to really work on how to create opportunities to score," Lynch said. "They had to learn how to get behind the defense. It sounds easy, but they really have learned."

Waiting on Dudley

Joppatowne football coach Bill Waibel is hopeful that running back David Dudley will play Friday against Aberdeen. His status is day-to-day.

The senior had played a huge role in the Joppatowne offense in the first three games, running for 617 yards as the Mariners rolled to three easy victories. But Dudley injured both of his shoulders in Friday's 22-7 loss to visiting North Harford.

He injured one shoulder in the first quarter and apparently hurt the other one on his final carry of the first half, a short touchdown run that ended with him diving into the end zone. Joppatowne (3-1) took a 7-0 lead on that play, which came in the final minute of the first half.

Dudley landed right on his shoulder when diving and stretching to get the ball to the corner pylon. He got up slowly and never came back.

Dudley finished with 56 yards rushing and spent the second half standing on sideline watching with a huge ice pack on his left shoulder.

"We're hoping he can play Friday," Waibel said.

Happy anniversary

Mary Waller gave her parents a nice present for their 25th wedding anniversary. In fact, her C.M. Wright field hockey teammates probably liked it also.

Waller scored the winning goal in overtime as C.M. Wright pulled out a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Bel Air last week. The junior helped the Mustangs rally from a 2-0 halftime deficit and delighted her parents, Karen and Roger.

"It was a great surprise, and a great little extra gift for our anniversary," Karen Waller said. "It was a very nice surprise."

Karen Waller said she first thought her daughter got an assist on the winning play. But when Mary came off the field, she told her mother that the goal was hers.

"She plays hard and is all about the team," Karen Waller said. "Her whole thing is to do whatever she needs to help the team."

Waller did a little more Friday by getting assists on both goals in the Mustangs' 2-0 win over North East-Cecil. Karen Waller headed back to Pennsylvania last weekend for the 30th anniversary of her high school class.

There was no word on if Mary Waller promised anything for that celebration.

Breaking the barrier

Cory Pfarr's season-long bid to break the 16-minute mark became reality Friday.

Pfarr, a junior at North Harford, completed the 3.0-mile course of the Harford Invitational at Tollgate Park in Bel Air in 15 minutes, 55 seconds - the fastest time posted by an area runner at the meet.

Pfarr's time broke the school record of 16:00 set by Matt Bauer.

"I had been waiting to break it," said Pfarr, who completed the last mile of Friday's race in 5:10. "I didn't have any expectations until I hit that last mile. Then I went at it."

Pfarr, who credits part of his improvement to his training regimen with coach Brian Harris, said that performance has given him a new perspective on competing for the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, Class 3A East region and state titles.

"Now that I know I can break 16 here, I'm looking forward to what I can do to other courses," he said. "I'm looking forward to the championship races."

Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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