If it were up to Quince Orchard senior Lauren Giebel, she would play defense for the Cougars' girls' lacrosse team and set up scoring opportunities for teammates in transition.
But with Giebel recovering from a hyperextended knee, Quince Orchard Coach Jenna Siegel put her on the Cougars' attack line in last night's Montgomery County non-division game against Walter Johnson to minimize her running. After Giebel's performance, the move may become permanent.
Giebel scored the Cougars' first five goals in the opening 18 minutes 2 seconds, and Quince Orchard cruised to an 11-6 victory at home.
"My normal position is defense, and I'm missing that," said Giebel, a four-year starter. "Goals aren't really my thing."
They certainly seemed to be as Giebel scored three times in the first nine minutes. By the time she retired to the bench late in the first half with an ice pack on her sore knee, the Cougars (1-0) were in complete control.
Last night's game was supposed to be the Cougars' third, but it served as their season opener after rain forced two postponements.
"We were really, really anxious to play," senior Courtney Bock (two goals, one assist) said. "We were so excited, we just came out on fire."
The Cougars led 8-1 at the half and extended their lead to 10-1 early in the second after juniors Brenna Dorney and Lindsey Weller converted free position shots.
Walter Johnson (2-1) went on a 5-0 run and closed within four when sophomore center Erin Haser (two goals) scored with 4:27 remaining. Quince Orchard sophomore Samerria Crowder scored on a free position shot 23 seconds later, however, to keep the Wildcats at bay.
This afternoon, Quince Orchard is scheduled to face county powerhouse Whitman. The Vikings (2-0) have won 83 consecutive games against Montgomery County public schools opponents, but the Cougars, with a veteran team, hope to end that streak.
Giebel likely will play on the Cougars' attack against Whitman but could eventually move back to defense or perhaps center, where she could run the entire field. It's a luxury Siegel is happy to have.
"Wherever we've needed her, we've put her there, and she's got the kind of personality that that's okay," Siegel said. "She's always understood that what she was doing was best for the team."
On the boys' side, Walter Johnson defeated Quince Orchard, 13-5, behind four goals and three assists from senior attack Chad Cohen, a transfer from St. John's.
Six other players scored goals for the Wildcats (3-0), including Joe Brody, Alex Chauery and Sam Hauslohner with two apiece.
Quince Orchard junior attack Ryan McGowan led the Cougars (0-1) with three goals.