No. 2 Roland Park wants shot at top

SECOND TO NONE?

April 15, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

For Roland Park's No. 2 girls lacrosse team, winning is just not enough.

"It's nice to finally have a chance," said defense wing Me

gahn Hallahan. "Loch Raven was No. 1 most of last year and we never got a chance to play them."

The Reds take on Downingtown, Pa., at 10 a.m., followed by Mount Hebron vs. Unionville, Pa., at 11. The championship will be played at 2 p.m. Of course if the Reds and Vikings lose, they also could meet in an anticlimactic consolation at 1.

If Roland Park doesn't get a crack at Mount Hebron and the No. 1 ranking, the Reds will be tremendously disappointed.

"Usually, the private schools don't get a chance to be ranked up there with the public schools," said center Peggy Boutilier. "We don't get to play for a state championship, so a lot of people don't think we're as good, but person for person, we have some of the best individual talent. This is a chance to prove we're just as good."

In the rest of their games, the Reds are the team to beat. "Teams don't want to just beat Roland Park, they want to kill Roland Park," said defender Brady Beale.

That only provides the Reds with the constant motivation to improve. The players rarely are satisfied and rarely show much emotion after a win.

"If you put yourself on an emotional pendulum, you might catch yourself on a downswing against the good teams," said attack wing Melissa Cully.

But despite their constant desire to improve, the Reds already are better than most teams can ever hope to be.

"Roland Park is a beautiful team. Sometimes I just wanted to stop and watch them play," said Seton Keough coach Sue

Behringer after the Reds routed her squad, 17-1, Tuesday.

"They work so well together. They are excellent on transition and they see the field so well. They're three passes ahead of the play every time."

The Reds have an attacking midfield that is second to none, especially in Boutilier, Cully and third home Brent McCallister, all juniors starting for the third year.

Add to that attack wing Catherine Passano and defense wing Hallahan as well as line attackers Elizabeth Rodgers, Ridgely Bennett and Lizzie Bennett, and the Reds have countless scoring combinations. Twice this season, seven different players have scored in a single game.

Defensively, the Reds appeared to be in some trouble when they lost All-Metro pick Jeanne Lekin for the season with a knee injury. Despite her talent, Lekin is hardly missed.

Hallahan, third man Beale, cover point Meredith Shuey, point Susannah Pitts, defense wing Whitney Fenwick and keeper Kim Shuey have held four of their opponents to four goals or less.

L "The best thing about us is our teamwork," said McCallister.

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