Century avoids upset with five-goal spurt

No. 2 Century 11 Winters Mill 8

March 31, 2007|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Century girls lacrosse coach Rose Pentz entered last night's game against Carroll County rival Winters Mill sporting a heavily bandaged nose after taking an errant ball to the face two weeks ago at practice.

For much of the game, however, it was the upset-minded Falcons that caused her headaches.

The No. 2 Knights scored five straight goals during a mid-game stretch to win 11-8 over visiting Winters Mill. But the Falcons were able to keep the game close with an aggressive, collapsing defense and stellar goaltending by junior Katherine Russo.

"Once we realized that we weren't playing to our potential, we kind of stepped it up," said Century midfielder Jenny Steadman, who faced constant double and triple teams. "Once we got one goal, that was kind of the motivation to keep going."

Steadman finished with a game-high four goals and Katie Schwarzmann and Ashley Trombetta each added two.

Trailing by one late in the first half, the Knights (2-0 overall, 1-0 county) scored five unanswered goals in just under 16 minutes to take a 9-5 lead.

"I think we got a little frazzled," Falcons coach Courtney Vaughn said. "We got pushed a little bit and we watched the ball on the ground instead of going after it."

Pentz said it was a matter of stepping up on defense.

"Everybody seemed to [be] concentrating on the offense in the first half. It was all about trying to score goals," Pentz said. "Nobody was concerned about what do we need to do defensively to get the ball back. The whole idea was just to concentrate on what we needed to do defensively."

Paced by midfielders Jen Peters (three goals) and Katie Leech (two), the Falcons (1-1, 1-1) managed to stay close.

Winters Mill also got a major boost from Russo in goal. Russo, who missed all last season with a back injury, finished with 10 saves, including several from point-blank range.

Despite the loss, Vaughn came away brimming with optimism about the rest of this season.

"We haven't even tapped into our potential," said Vaughn, whose team has only three seniors. "With this team, I'm excited. We're going to do some good things. It's just going to take us awhile."

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