By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/2/13
BOYDS, Md. – Two-time defending girls’ high school champion Maryland opened play Monday in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic with wins over Illinois (7-4) and New Jersey (10-7).
Sara Moeller (2015 attack, St. Paul’s School for Girls) and Jordan Stevens (2016 attack, Mt. Hebron) each had three goals in the wins for Maryland, which stood tied atop Pool A with Syracuse (also 2-0).
The Brine NLC girls’ field features 10 regional teams from around the country.
“Maryland has the lax powerhouse on the East Coast; we work really hard and I hope we can win three years in a row,” said Moeller, whose high school reached the IAAM championship game before falling to the nation’s No. 1 team, McDonogh, in a tight game.
Moeller said her team expected New Jersey to be strong.
“We were scouting New Jersey and our coaches felt they were going to be tough,” said Moeller. “We had to keep our heads in the game.
“We had a shaky beginning, but as the minutes passed I feel we dominated the rest of the game. We had a hard first game; we just weren’t used to playing with each other. But I think we are jelling really quickly.”
For New Jersey, Sara Dickinson (2015 attack, Wilton, CT) had two goals.
In Pool B, Pennsylvania – which fell to Maryland in last year’s finals – took the lead in Pool B with two victories. First it routed the West, 17-6, and then it handled Washington D.C., 6-3 as goalie Harley Barrett (2015, Perkiomen Valley) played the entire game and made nine saves.
“Our other goalie is from California and could not get her plane ticket,” said Barrett. “They told me I would be the only goalie this morning.
“The whole team has been great helping me out. The defense is getting in front and slowing shots down. I like the girls and we all work well together. We are having fun. We’re building our confidence going into the next few games.”
Corrie Anderson (2014 attack, Hershey) led Pennsylvania with four goals in the win over West and two more against Washington D.C.