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Sherwood High School girls' lacrosse player Natalie Sebeck may not see herself as a scorer, though she looked the part against Winston Churchill — the team responsible for the Warriors' last county public school loss.

With the Bulldogs defense zoned in on star Emily Kenul, Sebeck took advantage of the open space and tallied four goals en route to a 21-6 win Thursday in Potomac.

“I'm not usually [the scorer],” said Sebeck, who has 15 goals on the season. “To be honest, they were really focused on Emily, because how could you not be? ... Other people have to step up too.”

Sherwood (6-0), the 2013 4A state runner-ups, avenged its 20-19 loss to Churchill in the 2012 4A/3A West Region championship and extends its perfect season with the victory.

“This is what we've been waiting for two years,” said Kenul, who scored three goals and has 27 on the season. “We didn't get to play them last year in an actual game, and we've just been thinking about the final score of the game two years ago.”

Sebeck has been a central part of an offense averaging almost 19 goals a game, but has been more than just a goal scorer. The 5-foot-11 senior has been the team's leading distributor, registering three assists against Churchill and 19 on the season.

“I think she has kind of taken on the role as a feeder. Because she is so tall, she can see those girls cutting,” Sherwood coach Kelly Hughes said. “... She is, in my opinion, a goal scorer, but I think she's pretty comfortable in the role she has fallen into.”

Sebeck picked her spots wisely, scoring on all four of her shot attempts and setting up her teammates when the shooting opportunities weren't there.

“And that's what we want,” Hughes said. “We want girls that can do feeds, and take it if they feel like they're being pressured looking for a feed. We want people that can do both, which she can.”

Senior Kristen Lauda scored a game-high five goals while sophomore Delaney McMenamin chipped in four and sophomore Taylor Andrews had two.

Sebeck, along with Kenul and Lauda, played key roles in a faceoff unit that controlled possession after 23 of 29 draws against Churchill and has won 74 percent of its attempts on the season.

“Kristen jumps pretty high, Natalie can grab things out of the air, Emily, even though she's short, it's like she is seven-feet tall,” Hughes said. “She's like a vacuum. She can get anything. It really does benefit us in a lot of instances.”

Sherwood is scheduled to play its next game April 22 against Walt Whitman after spring break and Churchill is scheduled to play the same day against Walter Johnson.

egoldwein@gazette.net

Sherwood 21, Winston Churchill 6

Sherwood 9 12 — 21

Churchill 4 2 — 6

SCORING

Sherwood (6-0): Goals — Kristen Lauda 5, Delaney McMenamin 4, Natalie Sebeck 4, Emily Kenul 3, Taylor Andrews 2, Ella Booz 1, Kristen Russell 1, Taylor Serafenas 1.