It was a classic hero-goat-hero scenario as Mercy's had a hand and both feet in the Catholic League girls soccer championship.
The Sharpshooters edged St. Mary's, 3-2, as DePasquale scored two goals and assisted on the third, but it was her costly mistake that allowed a tying penalty shot and set the stage for her own heroics.
Mercy coach Paul Doerfler was glad of that for more than the obvious reason.
"We were ahead, 2-1," he said. "I had Robyn back on defense and she handled the ball in the penalty box. St. Mary's made the penalty shot to tie it.
"Robyn was so distraught over that mistake, I almost had to take her out. It was only fitting that she was the one to hook in the winning goal."
The two teams likely will meet again in the upcoming Catholic League tournament, which begins Monday with first-round games at the various sites of the higher-seeded schools. Games still to be played will determine some of those seeds, but Mercy (10-1-2) and St. Mary's (10-2-1) have locked up the top two seeds and will not begin tourney play until next Wednesday.
DePasquale was selected to the Catholic League all-star squad by the league coaches, who also named Doerfler Coach of the Year. The rest of the all-stars are: Keeper -- Kristi Sipes, Mercy; Defense -- Shannon Davis, Mercy; Liz McGonagle, St. Mary's; Laura Mierzak, Catholic; Allison Schroeder, McDonogh; Becky O'Hanlon, Mercy; Offense -- Randall Goldsborough, St. Mary's; Amity Torbit, John Carroll; Mo McDonough, St. Mary's; Christine Coroneos, McDonogh.
* When Old Mill ended Severna Park's unbeaten streak at 57 games in girls soccer Tuesday, it naturally drew much attention. Overlooked was the fact that Old Mill's boys defeated Severna Park, 2-0. At 5-4-2, the Patriots primarily are in a spoiler role as Chesapeake (9-1-1), Severna Park (9-2), Meade (8-2), Broadneck and Annapolis (6-2-2) battle for one of four playoff berths.
* Barring a loss to Linganore in the regular-season field hockey finale, second-year coach Stacey Stem quietly will have guided South Carroll to a share of the Central Maryland Conference championship with Westminster. South Carroll, 10-1 overall, has allowed only five goals, while link Heather Fitzgerald and forward Audrey Van Norman have played key roles on attack.
The Patriots already are assured of the top seed in Class 3A, Region III. Semifinal regional play begins next week.
* Dulaney needs coaches for varsity wrestling and outdoor track as well as assistant coaches in indoor and outdoor track. Contact Bob Dean (887-7638).
* Reminder: The Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Week nominations (boys and girls) will be accepted Sundays between 5 and 8 p.m. at 332-6200 [(800) 829-8000, extension 6200 outside the Baltimore metro area]. Statistics for football, soccer and field hockey also should be reported at this time.