No. 11 South River Edges No. 12 Fallston, 12-11

Varsity Girls Lacrosse Anne Arundel Community College Tournament

April 19, 2009|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

In its first eight regular-season games, the No. 11 South River girls lacrosse team has had only one close one, so the Seahawks relished the chance to play some tough nontraditional rivals at the annual Anne Arundel Community College tournament.

On Saturday, making up the game that had been rained out the Saturday before, they nipped No. 12 Fallston, 12-11, as Brooke Griffin scored five goals and dominated the draws while goalie Kim Kolarik made 14 saves. In Monday's tournament game, the Seahawks (9-1) edged No. 10 Archbishop Spalding, 11-10.

"It challenges us to play to the best of our ability," Kolarik said, "rather than a team that's not as good competition, and we look forward to these games."

The Cougars (6-1) got a 3-1 jump on South River by winning the early draws, but once the Seahawks started dominating the draws, they took the lead.

Fallston's Jen Ward tied the game at 4 with 12:22 left in the first half, but the Seahawks took the lead for good when Kasey Acito scored off a broken play and Griffin added two more goals for a 7-4 edge.

Griffin scored the game-winner on a feed from Stephanie Peterson with 12:57 left for a 12-9 lead, but the Cougars rallied on two goals from Monica Fischer. Then Roxie Raab cut the lead to 12-11 with a free-position goal.

The Cougars had several chances to tie, but Kolarik turned away two of them.

"We weren't organized on the offensive end," Fallston coach Mike McTeague said. "All day long, I thought we were a little more impatient than we needed to be. ... We were trying to push the ball to the goal rather than utilizing everybody and getting their defense moving a little bit before we start."

Severn 9, No. 2 Severna Park 6: : The Admirals dealt the Falcons (7-2) their second loss in two days, thanks in large part to 17 saves by junior goalie Hannah Hook. Shannon Lane scored five goals for the Admirals (6-8) at the AACC tournament.

No. 8 Broadneck 12, No. 10 Archbishop Spalding 11:: Courtney Tomchik scored the game-winner with 19.5 seconds left on a pass from Chelsea Thompson as the Bruins ((8-1) completed a comeback from two goals down with eight minutes to go. Tomchik and Taylor George scored four goals each for the Bruins while Stefanie Paskal and Danielle Kirk had three each for the Cavaliers (7-6) in the AACC tournament finale.

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