Bryn Mawr looks to rise after downing J. Carroll Girls lacrosse

April 08, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

When Bryn Mawr's girls lacrosse team was unranked in the preseason poll, the Mawrtians did not get upset.

"We decided instead that we would use it to our advantage," said junior defender Sara Jordan. "People wouldn't know we were that good and we could take them a little by surprise. All we could do was go up."

And the Mawrtians have.

They broke into the poll this week at No. 13. After beating No. 10 John Carroll, 9-6, in an Association of Independent Schools East Division showdown yesterday at John Carroll, the Mawrtians might be headed still higher.

Tomorrow, they face their biggest challenge of the season, heading to No. 2 Roland Park. Although they aren't making predictions, the Mawrtians know that a win or even a strong performance against the defending AIS champs could boost their ranking even more.

Yesterday for Bryn Mawr (5-1 overall, 2-1 league), the difference was defense. Tough double-teams, especially close to the goal, gave the Patriots fits.

The Mawrtians spotted John Carroll (2-1, 0-1) a 2-0 lead before clamping down on the Patriots.

"Against Severn and McDonogh, we were able to be the dominating team and we were able to get by with sloppy stickwork," said John Carroll coach John Hughes. "This game has taught us we can't do that. Our pockets got picked a lot. We have no seniors on offense, and I think our underclassmen learned that they have to protect their sticks."

After Megan Giorno and Krystin Porcella scored on the Patriots' first two shots, the Mawrtians took over.

Goals from Angela Marks and Nancy Kim tied the game with 15 minutes left in the half. Carole Fakhry scored three and freshman center Emily Hickman two for a 7-2 halftime lead.

After Jordan scored on a free position to give the Mawrtians a 9-3 lead midway through the second half, the Patriots finally came alive.

Terri Tobash scored on a perfect feed from Porcella. Then she added a second goal, flicking a ground ball past Mawrtians keeper Genie Arnot (seven saves). That cut the margin to 9-5 with six minutes to go.

The Patriots, who outshot Bryn Mawr 18-6 in the half, had several opportunities to get closer. But they connected only once when Beanie Lund rolled the crease for the final goal with a minute and a half left.

Again, the Mawrtians' defense came up big. In addition to the good double-teams, rookie point Kisha Ford blocked two shots in the final five minutes to preserve the win.

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