Panthers roll to 1st state final

Pikesville 17 Sparrows Point 2

Girls lacrosse

May 21, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

It didn't take long for Pikesville's girls lacrosse team to take charge of yesterday's state Class 2A-1A semifinal against Sparrows Point.

The Panthers scored three goals in the first two minutes on their way to a 17-2 romp that sends them to the state title game for the first time in school history. The Panthers (11-2) will play No. 4 Century (18-0) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at UMBC for the title.

Yesterday at South Carroll, the Panthers ran up a 7-0 lead and, after the Pointers scored a couple of goals, Pikesville polished off the game with the last 10 goals. Rebecca Kreshtool finished with five goals and Rebecca Misler and Megan Seidman scored four each.

The Pointers (14-3) cut the margin to 7-2 on goals by Emily Austin and Misty Might with 6:36 left in the first half. Most of the game, however, the Pointers struggled just to get possession, winning only five of 21 draws.

Sparrows Point goalie Elizabeth Blusiewicz made 11 saves, but the Panthers moved the ball quickly and created a lot of one-on-one opportunities among their 29 shots. Pikesville got a little sloppy with the ball late in the first half and then recovered to score four goals in the first three minutes of the second half.

Panthers midfielder Morgan Appel said it was tough to stay focused with the big lead, but coach Polly Purcell's halftime talk motivated them to pick up their game.

"You start to slack off when you realize that you're better than a team," Appel said, "but Sparrows Point's a good team. They could easily have caught up to us if we weren't going to play our hardest." katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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