7 score in Roland Park's 17-1 rout of Seton Keough

April 14, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Roland Park lacrosse coach Wendy Kridel can judge how well her offense plays by the number of girls who score goals.

Yesterday, the No. 2 Reds attack couldn't have played much better.

Seven players scored, as the Reds rolled over Seton Keough, 17-1, in a non-league rematch of last year's Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament championship.

Brent McCallister led the Reds with five goals, and Melissa Cully and Catherine Passano added three each. Peggy Boutilier and Elizabeth Rodgers had two each, and Lizzie Bennett and Hedy Born one each.

"In the three games that we have played better in, we were more balanced in scoring. What that is is an indication of is their passing. When their passing is on, they can hit anybody and anybody can score," said Kridel, whose squad scored nine assisted goals yesterday.

Two-time defending AIS A Division champs, the Reds (5-0, 1-0) were too tough especially on transition for the young Gators. Superior draw control, ground ball pickups and defense in the midfield kept the Reds' attack moving.

Bennett hit Cully for the first goal with just over five minutes gone and the rout was on.

Roland Park took a 7-0 halftime lead despite losing two more goals to crease violations. It outshot the Gators 18-4 in the half and 39-8 in the game.

Junior midfielders Cully and Boutilier, celebrating her 18th birthday, had especially strong first halves. Cully scored two goals and had four of her six assists. Both scarfed up draws and almost every ground ball they went after, providing the spark for the transition game.

In the second half, McCallister gave a bit of a shooting clinic midway through. The junior third home scored four unassisted goals in less than seven minutes -- rolling the crease for two and adding the others on a free position and off a ground ball in front of the crease. Every time she shot, McCallister put the ball in a different spot.

The Reds displayed equally relentless defense from Megahn Hallahan, Whitney Fenwick, Brady Beale, Meredith Shuey and Susannah Pitts. Goalie Kim Shuey had three saves.

The Gators' top player, Melissa Reese, was hurt. Reese, a senior, is lost for a few weeks with a broken nose suffered in a game last week.

"Without Melissa, we lose transition in capital letters," said Gators coach Sue Behringer. "We start four sophomores and a freshman. They need some leadership, and that's Melissa's middle name."

The Gators' only goal came on a nice connection from Meghann Donovan to Misty Uhlfelder early in the second half. That cut the margin to 9-1. Two goals were called back for crease violations.

Defensively, the Gators rarely stopped the Reds, although starting keeper Becky Brauns had 14 saves and Brandy Meyers had four.

"On defense, we did a pretty good job when [Roland Park] set up. It wasn't usually the first shot that got in -- it was the second or third," said Behringer, whose team is 0-5 after playing only ranked teams.

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