Friends finds victory in 4-4 tie with RPCS lTC Girls lacrosse

April 21, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Since losing the first two games of the season, Friends' girls lacrosse team has rallied for five straight victories and a tie.

And yesterday's tie may have been the biggest victory yet.

Kim Stude scored on a feed from Carrie Mallonee in the final two minutes to tie the game at 4-4 against No. 2 Roland Park in an Association of Independent Schools A Division league game. AIS games do not use overtime.

"It's a moral victory not because we tied them," said Friends coach Carol Samuels. "But it's a moral victory because we executed the game plan, and we played a good lacrosse game."

For the Quakers (5-2-1 overall, 1-1-1 league), a big part of the game plan was to keep the Reds (7-1-1, 1-0-1) from finding the open man on attack. The Quakers' defense double-teamed only between the 8- and 12-meter marks, keeping tight man-to-man coverage down low.

That strong defensive coverage -- especially from point Aubin McCarthy and cover point Andrea Krumholz -- gave the Reds big problems in the second half. Although the Reds outshot Friends, 17-6, they didn't take many well-placed shots.

"They trust each other a lot and that's real hard to defend because they can pass it real well," said Friends defender Krumholz. "They can thread the needle which they did, but we were good at keeping our sticks in the passing lane."

Friends keeper Heather Bohanan also did an outstanding job, making12 saves including one on Elizabeth Rodgers' free position with 33 seconds left.

Early on, the Quakers did a good job of working a slow, deliberate offense, trying to keep the ball out of the Reds' possession.

However, the Reds got on the board first as Brent McCallister worked through traffic to score just over six minutes into the game. Friends quickly answered with goals from Summer Downing and Stude for a 2-1 lead.

The teams then traded goals as Ridgely Bennett tied it for Roland Park on a pass from Rodgers, and Mallonee answered for Friends.

McCallister finished off a nice Roland Park passing series by snatching a ground ball in front of the crease and tying the game at 3-3 just before halftime.

Most of the second half was a defensive battle for Friends. The Redswon all three draws and spent most of the time on attack. After Peggy Boutilier gave the Reds a 4-3 lead running in off a midfield ground ball, the Reds couldn't get anything past Bohanan, who made 10 saves in the half.

"We couldn't get the ball in the goal -- that's it," said Roland Park coach Wendy Kridel. "And they panicked and wanted so much to do it that they did things that I don't know what they were doing."

Reds keeper Kim Shuey kept her team in the game with five saves, including several good efforts when the Quakers tried to roll the crease.

Friends' Carmina Valle finally slipped one past Shuey with 8:51 left, but the Quakers lost the goal after a stick check.

In the final three minutes, Friends brought all its field players down on defense, and Mallonee finally came up with the ball.

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