Whether beginning the season with two straight losses will come back to haunt the Broadneck girls lacrosse team depends on whom you talk to.
Not that it mattered last night as the No. 12 Bruins shelled host Arundel, 18-7, in Gambrills.
But after applying the finishing touches to their third consecutive lopsided victory, the Broadneck players weren't exactly humming bars from "We Are the Champions."
"I think we still have a lot of stuff to work on," said senior attack Kate Scott. "We're doing OK, but we have to get the little twists out."
Senior midfielder Brooke Richards said the Bruins continue to use the season-opening losses to St. Mary's and C. Milton Wright at the Panthers Invitational as motivational experiences.
"It keeps a fire under our feet," she said. "We did not expect to lose both games. ... We know what it feels like to lose. We don't want that to happen again."
Broadneck - which improved to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the county - made certain it would not lose last night by racing to a 7-0 lead with less than 15 minutes elapsed in the first half.
The Wildcats received back-to-back goals from senior defender Danielle Werner and freshman midfielder Lauren Clear to trim the deficit to five goals, but the Bruins scored three of the last four goals to enjoy a 10-3 advantage at halftime.
By halftime, Richards had three goals and three assists, Scott three goals and an assist and senior attack Steph Jones three goals.
Broadneck scored the first four goals of the second half to inflate its lead to 14-3.
Richards led all scorers with six goals and four assists. Scott registered four goals and three assists, and Jones contributed four goals and an assist for Broadneck.
The Bruins have scored an average of 17.3 goals in their last three games. Perhaps more importantly, their starting defensive corps of senior Sarah Davis and juniors Jenn Gappert, Kim Rupp and Ashley Zaleski and junior goalkeeper Melissa Puzak have given up an average of 6.6 goals a contest this season.
"Our defense is playing as well as we needed them to," said Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall, who credits extending the team's man-to-man defense to pressure the ball carrier as a significant change. "They knew that they needed to play as a strong unit, and they have stepped it up."
Arundel earned two goals and an assist each from Clear and senior defender Julianne Ferguson, but the Wildcats were outshot 36-14, lost 16 of 27 draws, and committed 20 turnovers.
Arundel first-year coach Ed Clear said his young squad - which dropped to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the county - received an education from the Bruins.
"We were outskilled," he said. "The catching and passing [phases] were much more in their favor. Their transition game really showed."