Tuesday night's rain did nothing to dampen the Lady Saxons shooting as they erupted for 20 goals against their Rebel rivals. Langley's calculated offense allowed them to take and make high percentage shots (20/26) despite the wet turf and the tenacious net play of the Fairfax keeper.
Leading the points parade was co-captain, Elspeth McGarry (4 goals, 3 assists) who declined some scoring opportunities to assist teammates sophomore, Margo Swomley (5 goals, 1 assist) and junior Torrie Zarella (4 goals) get better shots. Senior, Jill Canning, also played a well balanced game contributing (3 goals) and assisting sophomore Mary Redmond on her two goals. Haylee Soutter and Devon Clark also made the most of their playing time with an assist each, the latter to Anne Francis Davis (1 goal, 1 assist). Junior, Nicole Burkart, helped the cause early in the contest when she buried a well-placed free position shot. This Saxon 20 goal effort was the best offensive tally of the season.
To concentrate only on the offensive side of the field would ignore the continuing evolution of Saxon defense. Under the tutelage of co-captains, Natalie Dolan and goal keeper Mary Riley Pembroke, the Saxon defensive made up of sophomore Macy Anderson and junior Mary Beth Winston have become a strong, solid, and cohesive unit. The Saxons have allowed only one opponent to score more than 10 goals this season. Tonight with the help of senior Megan Link (2 scores allowed) and freshman Erin Long (1 score allowed) the Saxon defense surrendered just three goals to extend their under 10 goal defensive streak to six of seven games.
When asked about the defense, Assistant Goalie/Defense Coach, Gary Morgan said, "I'm sure Coach DeSomma is glad to see the unselfish play that led to nine assists on offense. To do that requires a lot of communication and coordination between the players. The same is true on defense. Our girls need to talk, play hard and cover for each other for our defense to work well. Defense is a lot of hard work and little glory. Our defense starts with the attack, and works its way through the midfield to the back four. I'm sure everyone is pleased with their defensive effort. I think the whole team knows that our defense will do its best to keep us in every game and give our offense a chance to win it for us. I'm proud of the effort and hope we continue to develop."