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Annapolis tops Broadneck to win its own tournament; Panthers get 16-8 victory over No. 12 Broadneck; Girls lacrosse; High schools


The Annapolis Panthers have shown a knack for being able to crank it up a notch when needed most.

In last night's championship game of their Annapolis Women's Lacrosse tournament against county-rival Broadneck, that time came about seven minutes into the second half.

And it turned out to be junior Sarah Oliphant's turn to restore order.

After the No. 12 Bruins closed within two goals, Oliphant scored twice in a span of nine seconds to start a string of six straight goals that sent the No. 3 Panthers to a 16-8 win.

With Acacia Walker dominating the draws and Kristy Dirks seemingly picking up every ball that fell to the ground, the Panthers (8-0-1) spent most of the night with possession.

Goals followed.

Dirks finished with six goals and an assist; Oliphant, who had eight goals in Friday's win over St. Andrew's in the tournament opener, scored five more and had an assist; and Walker put away three while adding four assists.

"We just wanted to win this game, and we weren't going to let them come back," said Oliphant. "We saw them working harder [at the start of the second half] and it made us work harder."

The Bruins, who reached the final with an 11-10 win over St. Mary's on Friday, were able to hang around with Annapolis into the second half after being down 8-2 early.

Meg McFall scored in the final minute of the first half to cut the Annapolis lead to 10-6 and then goals from Rachel Shuck (two goals, one assist) and Brooke Richards early in the second suddenly had the Bruins trailing 10-8.

However, it was all Annapolis the rest of the way, but Broadneck coach Karen Chesley left pleased with a solid weekend showing.

"We're not walking away hanging our heads," she said. "When we came at them to start the second half, they came back tenfold. We showed we can play with Annapolis, and I'm proud."

It's the second straight tournament win for the host Panthers and the second win against Broadneck this season. In the regular-season meeting, the Panthers came away with a 13-7 win.

In the consolation game, No. 6 St. Mary's rebounded from last night's upset loss to Broadneck with a 13-6 win over Delaware's St. Andrew's to take third place.

The Saints got two-goal, three-assist performances from juniors Alessandra Saletti and Bryer Davis along with plenty of balance on attack.

Morgan Thalenberg, Brooke Dieringer and Meggie Willett all had two goals in the win.

For St. Andrew's, a defending state champ in Delaware, senior Heidi Pearce finished with four goals and an assist.

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