Strong finish helps Knights thwart Lions

Century 14 Dulaney 12

Girls lacrosse

April 16, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

Century coach Rose Pentz preached one lesson the loudest yesterday at Dulaney's Baltimore Showcase girls lacrosse tournament: "Intensity."

The No. 14 Knights used that lesson to dominate possession through the middle of the second half, stringing together six goals to rally from three down and upset No. 3 Dulaney, 14-12.

Pentz said the Knights (7-0) were nervous early against the defending state Class 4A-3A champs, but "once they settled down, they started to do the things they know how to do in every game we play. Their intensity really increased. They just needed to give it all they had."

Brittany Zerhusen and Ashley Trombetta cut the Lions' lead to 8-7 in the first minute and the Knights won just about every ground ball through the next 15 minutes.

Ana Heneberry boosted the Lions' lead to 9-7. Then the Knights shut them out for 10 minutes. Zerhusen and Jenny Steadman scored three goals each in the decisive six-goal run, giving the Knights a 13-9 lead with 10:48 to go.

The Lions (5-1) pulled within 13-12 on Holly Batton's goal with 2:53 left, but Knights freshman Katie Schwarzmann wove through the defense at the far end to net an insurance goal with 2:07 to go.

"This game is big for us, just because a lot of people don't give us enough credit," Steadman said. "I think when we win it gives us more confidence in ourselves and we just want to keep winning and keep proving to ourselves, mostly, that we're a good team."

In the round-robin showcase, the Knights also edged Hereford, 12-11, as Zerhusen and Steadman scored three goals each while Corrine Drost scored six for the Bulls (2-4).

The Lions rallied in their second game to come from five goals down late in the first half to beat No. 10 Notre Dame Prep, 16-13. The Blazers (6-6) took an 11-7 lead on Caitlyn McFadden's goal with 19:04 left, but the Lions reeled off eight straight to take a commanding 15-11 lead with 2:45 left. Mary Heneberry and Kristen Horsman scored six goals each for the Lions.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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