There would be no frustration this year for Chesapeake I, as the girls from Anne Arundel and Howard counties won their first U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association National Schoolgirl Championship.
Chesapeake rolled over Long Island I, 9-2, yesterday in the 17th annual schoolgirl title game at McDonogh.
The victory made up for last year, when Chesapeake had to share the crown with South I after rain washed out the final day.
"It feels really good," said Chesapeake's Kellie Thompson, who won the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the top player in the tournament. "We were able to prove that we could win, not just end in a tie, which was kind of dissatisfying after everything."
The much-anticipated title-game showdown with South I never materialized. In the semifinals, Long Island pulled off a 9-5 upset of South, comprised of Baltimore, Washington and Northern Virginia girls.
But Long Island was no match for Chesapeake.
Chesapeake had beaten the New Yorkers, 11-4, in Saturday's preliminary round and yesterday rolled up a 7-0 lead.
Lauren Kickham, Kelly Coppedge and Tiffany Schummer scored Chesapeake's first three shots. Schummer scored what turned out to be the game-winner 4: 13 into the game.
As overpowering as Chesapeake's attack was, outshooting Long Island, 28-14, so was its defense. Line defenders Megan Lewis, Meg Miller and Schummer, along with Thompson and rotating wings Carol Prickett, Katie Hardesty and Lindsey Nauman, held Long Island scoreless until the final 13 minutes of the game.
Although they only had to make a combined eight saves, goalies Kristin Foster and Jen White made some terrific point-blank stops. Foster shut out Long Island in the first half.
However, Thompson, last year's All-Metro Player of the Year, emerged as the standout.
A St. Mary's graduate bound for North Carolina, Thompson controlled the draws and scored three goals in the final. More critical, however, were her efforts in the 7-6 semifinal win over Pennsylvania I.
After Pennsylvania took its first lead at 5-4, Thompson tied the game with 11: 30 left. She then came up with a ground ball on the defensive end and scored on the possession for a 6-5 lead with 5: 02 left.
"There's not a better shooter than Kellie," Chesapeake coach Renie Sotiropoulos said. "If you can get her the ball, you're almost assured that one out of two times she'll score. She's the best dual role player I've seen in a long time."
Jamie Larrimore scored the semifinal game winner with 1: 40 left.
In the other semifinal, Kim Smith gave South a 4-3 lead midway through the first half, but Long Island scored the next six goals for a 9-4 lead with 4: 03 left.
South, which also won titles in 1995 and 1996, took out its frustrations on Pennsylvania I in the consolation game, 11-3. Erin McInnes had four goals, and Smith added two goals and two assists.
Pub Date: 5/25/98