Stickwomen Destroy Eagles in Opener As Freshmen Lead Team to 16-6 Win
The Crimson laxwomen easily polished off an inexperienced Boston College team, last night, as freshman standout Lisa Kent scored eight goals to lead the Crimson to a decisive 16-6 victory on the Eagles' home ground.
The B.C. defense could not contain Kent, who used quick cuts and fakes to lose her defender around the crease. Kent often took advantage of her height and superior stick work to score high over the head of her defender. Her four goals in the opening minutes put the Crimson out in front 7-1 at the half.
The preseason trip to Philadelphia paid off big, especially for the freshman, who continues to gain valuable experience. One of the sharpest goals of the game came on a pass up the middle from Cat Ferrante to Kent who quickly unloaded the ball and scored before the B.C. goalie could get set.
The Crimson attack took the time to move through patterns and create opportunities to finesse its way past the Eagles' weak defense.
Fielding a lacrosse team for only the second year, B.C. made all the mistakes the Crimson needed. The Eagles committed themselves too early and couldn't recover in time to catch the Harvard speedsters.
"St. Louis, Ferrante, and MacMillan are so quick that B.C. couldn't catch them with a 10-ft. pole," junior attacker Sara Mleczko said yesterday.
Slip Slidin' Away
The Harvard defense turned in another fine performance with captain Cynthia Jensen leading the way. Jensen used her stickhandling experience to rob the ball away from the B.C. attack whenever they tried to squeeze past her toward the goal.
The defense concentrated on double teaming the Eagles, whose poor stickhandling caused them to make sloppy turnovers. By careful positioning, the Crimson easily denied their opponents the chance to receive all but the most accurate passes. Sophomore Chris Sailer continued to annoy the opposition with competent stick checking and tight shadow-like defense.
"With a start like this, the season looks promising," Carole Kleinfelder said yesterday. "We still have a lot of work to do before facing Penn on Saturday, but I hope we can keep the momentum going our way," Kleinfelder added.
Yesterday's game on the B.C. astroturf served as a warm-up for this Saturday's game against Penn, which in addition to being a very strong team, will have the advantage of playing on their home field which is also an artificial surface, one much quicker than any to which the Crimson are accustomed.