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The Pointers Bounce Back With Win Over Owls

Sparrows Point's Danielle Toland is guarded by Dundalk's Lina Quiroz.
- Article and photo by Ben Boehl -
Sparrows Points Girls Lacrosse team got back on track Wednesday after they beat Dundalk 11-4. Coach Kathy Luby said this was an important victory for the Pointers because they needed to regain their confidence after a humbling 16-4 loss on Monday to Perry Hall.
"We had a hiccup against Perry Hall," she said. "We are still learning each other as a team."
Sparrows Point got off to a 3-0 start with goals from Danielle Toland and Erin Tucker. The Owls would answer as Koren Chopper scored the first goal for Dundalk to cut the lead to 3-1. Then Sparrows Point appeared take control as Lisa Sauerwald and Erin Helmacy both scored, but Chopper came back with another goal and Dundalk only trailed 5-2 at half.
In the second half, Chopper scored only one more goal and teammate Lina Quiroz scored another, but thats all the offense the Owls could muster. The Pointers offense stayed in control and lit up the scoreboard with six-second half goals.
"We worked hard and played together as a team," said Toland.
The Pointers had success on offense because they passed the ball around. Luby said passing was key in this game because Dundalk plays a man-to-man defense.
"We always try to emphasis short and quick passes," she said. "The ball moves quicker than you do."
Frustrations grew on the Dundalk sideline as coach Ann Houghton received a yellow card for arguing with an official after a controversial sideline call. Houghton said that was the first yellow card she received in her 11 years of coaching.
Chopper finished with three goals and hopes the Owls will be ready next week, as they will play Sparrows Point in a rematch at Dundalk.
"We are going to have to work hard as a team," Chopper said. "We have to work on the basics."