NDP tops Spalding, 16-13

No. 3 Blazers run past No. 7 Cavaliers in girls lacrosse

Varsity Spring Sports

April 03, 2009|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

In the highly competitive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls lacrosse league, one small spurt can make all the difference, and No. 3 Notre Dame Prep used one midway through the second half to fuel a 16-13 victory over No. 7 Archbishop Spalding on Thursday.

Erin Laschinger scored three straight goals and Katie Liberatore had one in a four-goal run that gave the host Blazers a 14-10 lead. During that stretch, Spalding was a little off its game, with a couple of turnovers and two yellow-card penalties that put it two players down for the run's final two goals.

The Blazers won three of the four draws before those goals, and Spalding coach Moira Leavitt said that was a factor.

"The draw control, and I felt we made some mental mistakes on 50-50 balls, which led to possessions for NDP," Leavitt said. "Actually, I feel the game came down to mental mistakes on the 50-50 balls."

The Blazers, who are 4-0 overall and in the conference, also did a good job finding the openings in the Cavaliers' aggressive zone defense. Covey Stanwick had seven assists, while Laschinger scored seven goals and Liberatore five.

"It's definitely a change from the regular man," Stanwick said of the zone defense. "It's hard to get ready to play against them because no one we know plays a zone. I feel like playing against it is hard, but it's a fun change for a game."

The Cavaliers (7-1, 3-1), who received five goals from Courtney Hoyes and four from Danielle Kirk, led only at 3-2, but they made up a three-goal halftime deficit with a 4-1 run. Kirk tied it at 10 with 15:45 left.

The Blazers then answered with their four-goal spurt, capped by Liberatore's free-position goal with 10:04 to go.

No. 5 John Carroll 12, No. 8 St. Mary's 10: : Brittany Dashiell scored a game-high four goals to power the host Patriots (5-1) past the Saints (1-3). St. Mary's Kelly McNelis and Julie Schindel each had three goals. The Saints led 7-5 at the half.

Liberty 10, North Carroll 9: : Caitlin Prince had a hat trick and the host Lions (3-0) held off the Panthers (3-1).

Baseball

No. 13 Loyola 10, No. 2 Calvert Hall 0: : Ryan Taylor threw 71 pitches and limited the Cardinals (5-1) to three hits for the shutout as the Dons (6-1) pulled off an upset. Loyola hit three home runs: Harry Slade in the third inning, Drew Hoppes in the fifth and A.J. Lardo in the sixth.

No. 6 Archbishop Curley 3, John Carroll 1: : Left-hander Brandon Franke (2-1) went seven innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out seven, walking three and hitting one batter to earn the win for the host Friars (4-2).

No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons 15, Gilman 2: : Andrew Parker went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs, and scored three runs to lift the visiting Crusaders (4-0) over the Greyhounds.

Softball

No. 8 Franklin 3, Dulaney 2: : The host Indians (4-1) scored all their runs in the first inning in the win over the Lions.

Catonsville 10, Towson 0: : Kristen McCleary threw her second no-hitter in a row and Abby Wilson had a triple and home run for the host Comets.

Pikesville 8, Sparrows Point 7: : Gabrielle Antalffy went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and homer in a losing effort for the host Pointers (5-2).

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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