Saints Have Ball In Victory
By the start of the St. Stephen’s/ St. Agnes girls’ lacrosse game yesterday, a unanimous sentiment had spread among the Saints: If they lost to Moorestown (N.J.), they wouldn’t attend the prom at night. In theory, the biggest game of their season meant that much.
Whether the girls actually would have skipped their prom never will be known, because after only eight minutes of play, it became apparent that the Saints — and their dates — had nothing to worry about.
St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, ranked No. 2 locally by The Post and No. 2 nationally by LaxPower.com, scored five goals before Moorestown attempted its first shot. The Saints never let up, winning 13-5 over a Quakers team that is ranked fifth in the country.
The Saints’ early performance matched their coach’s pregame message: “You have to come out strong,” Kathy Jenkins told her players. “You can’t let them have the ball and score the first few goals.
“And I really felt like [a good start] was in us,” she added after the game. “We’re that talented.”
The Saints (13-1) so thoroughly dominated the Quakers (7-1) that Moorestown Coach Deanna Knobloch needed only two sentences to sum up the contest: “Everything they did was perfect. Everything we did was how not to play lacrosse.”
The margin of victory provided a significant departure from the teams’ last two meetings, both one-goal wins by Moorestown in 2004 and 2006.
Two Saints — Liz Downs and Katherine Denkler — played in both of those games, making their contributions to yesterday’s win all the more satisfying.
Denkler, an attacker, had three goals and one assist, and Downs, a midfielder, notched her lone goal on a determined run through defenders to cap the scoring with 90 seconds left.
“I wanted a goal for the game,” Downs said. “I wanted one. But thank God Mia [Hurrin] and Katherine and Molly [Millard] were amazing. Nobody really made any mistakes all day. Everyone was calm. I don’t know what was in the air today.”
Millard, a senior, led all scorers with three goals and three assists, two of them on highlight-worthy plays to Hurrin, another senior who finished with four goals.
“We didn’t want to lose this game and then go to prom,” Hurrin said. “So it felt good [to win], and it should be fun tonight.”