There's nothing like a scare to wake a sleeping giant.
No. 2 Roland Park survived a close call Tuesday and took it out on No. 13 Bryn Mawr yesterday.
After coming from behind to slip past unranked but up-and-coming Garrison Forest, 12-11, the Reds regrouped to beat Bryn Mawr, 11-4, in an Association of Independent Schools East Division game at Roland Park.
Defense was the difference for the Reds, who improved to 4-0 overall after their first league game.
"Any time you can hold a good team to four goals, that's saying something," Reds coach Wendy Kridel said. "We struggled defensively Tuesday. They were running right at us, and we weren't working the double team well. Now we're more comfortable with it, and we played outstanding defensively [yesterday]."
Strong performances from defenders Brady Beale, Meredith Shuey, Susanna Pitts, Megahn Hallahan and Whitney Fenwick, as well as keeper Kim Shuey, held the Mawrtians scoreless through the first 14 minutes.
Good draw control and ground ball pickups in the midfield set the attack rolling early. Brent McCallister, Peggy Boutilier, Hallahan and Melissa Cully gave the Reds a 4-0 lead in the first 10 minutes.
"We rise to the occasion. That's the kind of team we are," Cully said. "We sink down a little when we play the weaker teams, but when we play good teams, it brings out the best in us."
Carole Fakhry put Bryn Mawr (5-2, 2-2) on the board, assisted by Emily Hickman, with 11 minutes to go in the half. The Reds answered with three more goals in 2 minutes, 13 seconds to take a 7-1 lead.
The Mawrtians then staged a strong offensive charge, but Kim HTC Shuey, who had six saves in the game, made three of them in the final minute of the half.
In the second half, the Mawrtians managed just five shots on goal, but they connected on three. Still the Reds defense never ** let the Mawrtians get closer than five goals.
The Reds struggled a bit offensively in the second half, scoring only four times on 16 shots. They missed six shots in the first five minutes before Cully scored on a feed from Elizabeth Rodgers for an 8-3lead.
The Reds showed a balanced attack, with seven players scoring. McCallister led the way with three, and Cully and Lizzie Bennett added two each. Boutilier, Hallahan, Catherine Passano and Ridgley Bennett had one each. For the Mawrtians, Fakhry scored two and Amy McCormick and Nancy Kim added one each. Genie Arnot had 10 saves.