Petersons are double trouble for Leopards

April 30, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES — Freshman twins Leah and Kayla Peterson combined to score 13 goals on Saturday to lead the Saint James girls lacrosse team to a 19-8 victory over Smithsburg.

“They are two extremely talented players,” Saint James coach Katherine Dyson said. “They contribute everywhere on the field. Even though they are only freshmen, they are developing well.”

Leah Peterson provided eight goals and one assist, while Kayla Peterson finished with five goals and two assists for the Saints (7-2).

“We were patient and we assisted very well,” Leah Peterson said. “We saw the open net and we were able to get good shots off. At the beginning of the season, we were a little shaky. We really pulled together as a team.

“Nobody is selfish. The defense did amazing today. Our goalkeeper, Kate Sweeney, and the rest of our defense shut down Smithsburg and they did a good job of clearing the ball. The midfielders had good transition out there. Madison Fahey and Margaret Bacon are both defensive and offensive threats. They have really helped us out.”

Kayla Peterson credited the Saints’ offense for allowing her to get shots.

“We were really working the ball around well at times,” Peterson said. “If I saw the open shot, I took it. We have many talented players from seniors all the way down to freshmen. The team continues to improve. Today it looked like that we controlled the ball well.”

Bacon added three goals and two assists for Saint James, while Megan McFillen had one goal and three assists and Jordan Wills and Lena Tilsworth scored a goal each.

“The girls did a real good job today,” Dyson said. “Our strategy today was very much grounded with our defense. We knew that Smithsburg had a few prominent scorers and we wanted to shut them down.”

Taylor Cline led Smithsburg (2-6) with five goals and two assists, while Emily Seward added two goals and Dominique Dilandro had one goal and one assist.

The Saints took the game from the start as four different players scored in the first 3:34 of the game for a quick 4-0 advantage.

The Saints continued their intensity to the end as Lena Tilworth on an assist by Fahey with only five seconds remaining to close out the victory.

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