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Women’s Interhall: Walsh prepares to battle Cavanaugh

Sam Werner, Matt Gamber, Griffin Dassatti, Jared Jedick and Peter Reisenaur | Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Both Cavanaugh and Walsh have high hopes going into tonight’s 8 p.m. game at Riehle Field.

The Chaos hope they can rebound from a disappointing 2006 campaign. Senior captain Tarah Brown is confident about her team’s chances this year.

“[Our goal is] to go to the stadium and win the whole thing,” Brown said. “We were disappointed with last season and want to avenge ourselves. We’re looking a lot better so far.”

Cavanaugh has a number of experienced players returning from last year’s squad, including junior starting quarterback Katie Dunn. Almost every starting defender, along with the receiving corps, is an upperclassman.

The Chaos know what they have to do to defeat their arch-rival.

“[Walsh] is usually pretty intense. We just have to get out there and play hard at the very beginning,” Brown said. “We just have to play hard and fast and do what we’ve been practicing.”

The Wild Women, meanwhile, will look to build on Sunday’s 13-7 win over Pasquerilla East.

“Our offense was really connecting well with one another, and our defense was really doing everything to stop them,” senior captain Marie Brenner said. “We still have a lot of stuff to implement, but we really want to build on what we did [on Sunday].”

The key to the Walsh offense is senior quarterback Mary Sullivan, who had one rushing and one passing touchdown against Pasquerilla East. Sierra Smith, Sullivan’s favorite target on Sunday, will likely have another big game at receiver for the Wild Women.

The defense, which contributed two interceptions in the first game, also looks to continue its dominance and maintain the momentum gained from the first win.

“We just need to keep up the enthusiasm,” Brenner said. “The offense and defense need to keep doing what they’ve been doing.”

But while she is confident, Brenner is not underestimating Cavanaugh.

“They have great athletes and work together really well,” she said. “They’re a very similar team to us.”