Anne Arundel Community College's women's lacrosse team is showing equal parts talent and stamina.
Playing their fifth game in four days, the Pioneers (7-1-1) defeated Harford CC, 18-13, Monday, behind five goals and four assists from Robin Quinton. Karen Chesley scored five goals.
"We dominated but we couldn't put them away," coach Jim Shuck said.
Anne Arundel had just returned from a weekend in North Carolina, where it tied the Tar Heels, 9-9, in three overtimes, defeated North Carolina State, 16-4, and Emory, 8-5, and lost to Duke, 7-4.
"We started to run out of gas that last game," Shuck said, "but it was a great weekend."
That's especially true for Quinton, a Severn School graduate who had 13 goals and five assists. Chesley added nine goals and five assists. Denise Perrone (five goals, seven assists), Trish Davidson (four, one), Michele Credno (three, three), Lyn Erbe (one, one), Nicole Bibeault (one, one), Jen Shanahan (one goal) and Nicole Merzendorf (two assists) were among the Pioneers also faring well.
Goalkeeper Brandee Snyder was unable to make the trip, so Courtney Finch took her place and made 34 saves.
Anne Arundel lost to Princeton's B team Tuesday, 14-8, for its second defeat in a row.
Scott Walstrum scored five goals. Dave Livingston, Mike Majoras and Steve Roop each had one goal, and Andy Mocarsky was credited with three assists.
The Pioneers (5-3) were coming off Saturday's 13-7 loss at No. 5 SUNY Farmingdale. Maury LaPointe and Craig McKenzie (two assists) each scored twice. Walstrum, Bruce Alexander (one assist) and Jeremy Ogas each had one goal. Mocarsky, Roop and Dominic Harris were credited with one assist apiece, and Matt Pugh made 12 saves.
The Pioneers haven't won on SUNY Farmingdale's home field since 1985.
Anne Arundel has won two consecutive games since its first loss, 5-3, to the Naval Academy Sunday.
The Pioneers (18-1, 9-0) took the second game of the doubleheader, 7-2, then defeated visiting Chesapeake CC, 7-2, Tuesday behind Mandy McLaughlin (5-0), who allowed five hits and struck out six.
Chiara Lee went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. Lisa Biederman had two hits, including a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Amanda Kopchinski had a hit and an RBI, and two sacrifices. Mary Scanlon went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, and Peri Campbell had an RBI triple.
"The loss [to Navy] was probably the best thing that could have happened to us," said coach Jim Hendricks. "It showed we could come right back and pour it on."
Anne Arundel had swept the University of Maryland Saturday, 8-7 and 10-6, despite some shaky pitching by its starters. In the opener, Carrie Parsons allowed five earned runs and walked six, and the Pioneers fell behind, 3-0 in the first inning and 7-4 in the second. They tied the score in the bottom of the second, then pushed across the winning run in the sixth.
In the second game, McLaughlin allowed five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. She was replaced by Angie Mihalik, who gave up one hit and no runs in 2 2/3 innings. Alicia Conine reached base six times in the doubleheader and knocked in four runs. Kristie Rhinehart hit a three-run homer in the second game.
Parsons (7-1) struggled again in Sunday's loss, surrendering eight hits. But only one run off her was earned.
Even worse, she broke her left hand sliding into second and won't bat for the rest of the season, though Hendricks said she can still pitch.
In the second game, Mihalik (5-0) allowed only four hits and one earned run. Biederman hit a three-run homer.
Coach Cal Peterson said Anne Arundel (5-0) hasn't reached its potential yet, which could be bad news for its rivals because the Pioneers are 5-0 after Tuesday's 322-326 win over Essex CC.
"If I had to sum it up, I'd say we're right on track to repeat as Division III champions," he said.
The stalwarts this spring have been Kris Niemi and Matt Hoffman. John Lowden has turned in "a lot of good scores," Peterson said, and freshmen Fred Ryder and Joey Dilodivico have been "very consistent."