North Point girls lacrosse routs Lackey

Ea­gles win first game of sea­son; Zadeh scores seven goals, all in first half

Maryland Independent - - Sports - AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@ somd­news. com

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Just a day prior to Thurs­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion girls lacrosse con­test at Lackey High School, North Point suf­fered its sec­ond straight loss of the sea­son, fall­ing at home to Patux­ent 14- 9.

How­ever, led by ju­nior mid­fielder Ali Zadeh, the Ea­gles re­sponded with a 19- 3 vic­tory over the Charg­ers in In­dian Head for their first win of the sea­son.

“It was def­i­nitely nec­es­sary for some morale be­cause it is tough to start with two losses,” said North Point head coach Paige At­tonito, whose team fell 7- 6 to host Chop­ti­con in its sea­son opener March 21. “It feels good to start off in divi­sion play well. They looked good today and have great team bond­ing.”

North Point ( 1- 2, 1- 0 Po- tomac) is sched­uled to host Hunt­ing­town at 6 tonight.

With blaz­ing speed and stick con­trol in the open field, Zadeh was a scor­ing ma­chine as she led all scor­ers in the game, de­liv­er­ing all seven of her goals in the first half, spear­head­ing the Ea­gles to a 11- 1 half­time lead.

Zadeh scored four of North Point’s first five goals in the first 12 min­utes of the game as the Ea­gles led 5- 0.

“I like to look for fast breaks at first if not work the ball around to one of my team­mates,” said Zadeh, a team cap­tain. “At times I tr y not to take it down the field by my­self be­cause I want to learn and grow, I still have an­other year here. I started play­ing lacrosse young and it has be­come my fa­vorite sport.”

Af­ter her work­ing her way up in the var­sity ranks as a fresh­man and sopho­more, Zadeh is start­ing to come into her own in her third sea­son for the Ea­gles.

“Fresh­man year, I worked my way up and last year I felt that I was get­ting my place on the team and this year I know that I’m one of the lead­ers on the team. I want to help oth­ers on the team and that is my role. I en­joy do­ing that be­cause I know these girls are ca­pa­ble of reach­ing their full po­ten­tial. They just need a lit­tle bit of guid­ance.”

On Zadeh’s abil­ity and pres­ence on the team, At­tonito said, “Ali is in­cred­i­ble. Her ath­leti­cism and knowl­edge of the game is be­yond her age, which is a true as­set to this team. She def­i­nitely helps the team get stronger and al­ways help­ing her team­mates and lead them in the right di­rec­tion.”

North Point, which had nine dif­fer­ent goal scor­ers on the day, was also led by seniors Phebe Walker and Tay­lor Kouch, ju­nior Lia Wil­lis and fresh­man Tea­gan Rohrbaugh with two goals each.

“I ex­pect us to keep get­ting bet­ter at the end of the sea­son,” At­tonito said. “This is the first time we’ve had play­ers that have played the game be­fore com­ing in. We don’t have a lot of var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence, but I think we will come to­gether just fine.”

Kaya Wade led Lackey ( 12, 1- 2) with two goals, while Ash­ley Her­bert added one.

“We are work­ing hard and still try­ing to build the pro­gram,” co- head coach Toni Ething­ton said. “We are play­ing against a lot of girls that play year- round and I think we have to get more play­ers to com­mit to the off­sea­son and that is go­ing to take some time.”

Lackey hosts Great Mills at 6 tonight.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point ju­nior mid­fielder Ali Zadeh, pic­tured head­ing to­wards the goal, fin­ished with all seven of her goals in the first half dur­ing Thurs­day’s 19-3 win over host Lackey in a SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion girls lacrosse con­test.

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