Fast start paces No. 2 Saints

St. Mary's 11 Severn 7

High Schools

Girls Lacrosse

March 21, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

The St. Mary's girls lacrosse team - last year's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion - wasted no time picking up where it left off against its biggest rival, Severn, in yesterday's season opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

Scoring the game's first five goals and then saving timely offense for the second half, the No. 2 Saints earned an 11-7 win over the No. 3 Admirals in a rematch of last year's title game.

Seniors Samantha Schrum (four goals) and Christian Carr (one goal, four assists) set the pace of a balanced Saints attack, while senior goalie Sara Beckstead had 10 saves.

With the fast start and ability to respond when goals were needed - the Admirals pulled within 6-4 midway through the second half - the Saints showed they had plenty of options at the offensive end. Schrum dodged a defender to cut across the goal and scored for a 7-4 lead with 12:27 left and senior Allison Perkins (one goal, two assists) scored one minute later to overcome the Severn surge.

"Usually teams just have one or two girls they rely on for offense. All of our girls on the attacking end can put the ball in the cage and there's nothing that one girl can do that others can't. We just have so many good players down there that it's really hard to stop us," Schrum said.

St. Mary's coach Sue Chittim said the priority in practice during the preseason has been working on transition and the key for yesterday's game was a fast start. The two came together with the first five goals coming off four assists in the first 13 minutes. Junior Erin Donovan scored the team's first and fifth goals with Caroline Cochran adding three for the game.

"We have such respect for Severn School. These girls play together, they know each other - it's a tension-filled rivalry because we're good friends off the field. But it doesn't mean you don't want to win," Chittim said. "The girls were nervous wrecks, I don't know if I've been this nervous before a game - even the championship - because we know what talent they have. We had a good day, but they're going to have a great season, too."glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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