When members of the Liberty and Seton Keough girls lacrosse teams return to school this week, some of them are certain to be asked: "How did you spend your Easter weekend?"
They could say: "Oh, not too much. I just played a little lacrosse with Vice President Al Gore's daughters."
They certainly did.
Kristin and Sarah Gore kind of stole the show most of the afternoon yesterday at Liberty High even though their National Cathedral (D.C.) School team had to settle for third place in the Liberty "House of Ruth" Lacrosse Invitational tournament.
National Cathedral was thumped by tournament champion Liberty, 20-6, in the opening round before coming back to defeat Seton Keough, 13-11, in the consolation game.
Liberty, led by Amie Rose's four goals, turned back previously unbeaten St. Stephen's/St Agnes of Alexandria, Va., 10-4, in the championship game. The Saints dropped to 6-1.
Rose scored nine goals on the day to lead the sixth-ranked Lions (8-0) and raise her season total to 36.
But it was the Gores and the watch for their famous father to show up that was on almost everybody's minds.
"I would be so nervous if I had to check Kristin or Sarah because I wouldn't want to hurt them," said Katie Gursky and Kate Hannon almost in unison. "How do you play lacrosse against the vice president's daughter?" Nothing to it.
That was the word from Rose.
"They're both great," said Rose. "Kristin is so nice. They're just like any other girls and trying to live a normal life."
But that is impossible, of course.
Vice President Gore had attended all seven of his daughters' games until yesterday. He did not make it to the Liberty Invitational but rumors and speculation ran wild.
There was a persistent rumor that he was sitting in a van outside the stadium watching the tournament.
Not true, said Liberty assistant principal Florence Oliver. "We've talked to his daughters and they told us he was not attending the games," said Oliver.
National Cathedral coach Barb Jordan said: "You would have heard his voice if he had been here. This is the first game he's missed."
Kristin Gore, a senior All-America defender who is adept at roaming all over the field, scored two goals in the loss to Liberty and came back to score three times in the win over Keough.
Sarah Gore, a sophomore midfielder, did not score but played all of both games.
National Cathedral (7-2) might have fared a little better against Liberty if its senior goalkeeper, Rachel Scribner, had not gotten lost driving to the game, delaying her arrival.
When Scribner entered the game for freshman Claire Sullivan with 1:56 left in the first half, Liberty already was rolling along with a 10-4 lead.
"It hurt some," said Jordan. "But Liberty is a strong team with a lot of speed and skills."
The Lions have outscored eight opponents, 132-30.
Seton Keough (2-8-1) has made a habit of losing close games to tough AIS teams and it was more of the same yesterday. This time the Gators came up just two goals short in both games (losing in the opening round, 11-9, to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes).
Meghann Donovan scored 10 goals overall, but the Gators played without four starting defenders who went away for the holidays.