St. Mary's puts chill on J. Carroll No. 5 Saints rally for 9-6 victory

April 23, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

With the temperature dipping into the 40s yesterday, it was obvious that it would take No. 5 St. Mary's a little while longer to warm up in its girls lacrosse matchup with No. 15 John Carroll.

But once St. Mary's finally heated up, it was all over for the Patriots, as the Saints came from behind to win, 9-6, on a frigid Weems Whalen Field in Annapolis.

"This is one of the fastest teams we've come up against, and we just had to keep up with their speed and not let them set up on defense, because once they set up, we had a hard time getting in," said St. Mary's coach Tina Lewnes.

"We missed a lot of ground balls in the first half and the whole pace of the game was slower. In the second half, we picked up the pace and got our fast break working, and I think that was the key."

After tying the score at 5-5 in the waning minutes of the first period, St. Mary's (9-2) came out firing in the second half and took its first lead of the game at 1:38 on an unassisted goal by Krissy Zurflah.

Merri Kennedy then added a goal on a feed from Megan Coakley with 11:19 remaining. Kennedy added her third and final goal about four minutes later, giving the Saints an 8-5 lead.

John Carroll (4-2, 1-1) managed to cut the lead back to two on junior Beanie Lund's second goal, before the Saints got an insurance goal from senior Missy Holmes with 1:37 left.

"We talked at halftime and decided things we had to do and we got it done," said Kennedy. "I think we worked the ball more in the second half instead of trying to force it on attack. The attack finally settled down, passed it around and things started to open."

The Patriots, who were coming off an emotional, 11-10 victory over Association of Independent Schools rival Notre Dame Prep on Tuesday, opened the scoring 44 seconds into the contest on the first of four goals from junior Krysten Porcella.

St. Mary's answered two minutes later when Kennedy found the net, but the Saints found themselves playing catch-up again when junior Beanie Lund scored an unassisted goal at the 5:04 mark.

John Carroll went ahead 3-1 on Porcella's second goal, but the Saints came back midway through the first half and tied the game 3-3 after a free-position goal by senior Renee Kretkowski ++ and an unassisted goal by junior Elizabeth Schaffner.

Before St. Mary's had time to start thinking about taking the lead, Porcella added her third and fourth goals to give the visitors from Harford County a 5-3 advantage with 7:04 left in the half.

The Saints finished the half strong, however, and evened the score by halftime with late goals from Holmes and junior Julie Kuehn.

"St. Mary's should be complimented for their effort," said Patriots coach John Hughes. "Their goalie [Anedra Wiseman, 13 saves] had some key saves. I think we almost could have put them out of it in the first half, but she had a couple of big saves and then we had some breakdowns on defense."

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