Friends earns 6-5 triumph against NDP Girls lacrosse

April 30, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Going into yesterday's final league lacrosse game, No. 10 Friends and No. 15 Notre Dame Prep each hoped for a boost into next week's Association of Independent Schools A Division Tournament.

With a 6-5 victory over the host Pirates, Friends certainly got the biggest boost. The Quakers (7-2-2 over- Girls lacrosse

all, 2-1-2 league) continued to build momentum toward the tournament, going without a loss since April 1.

But the Pirates (3-3-1, 2-2-1) showed that they had bounced back from Tuesday's devastating 15-2 loss to No. 3 Roland Park.

"I'm disappointed that we lost," said NDP coach Mary Bartel, "but I feel much better about our chances in the tournament than I did Tuesday night. I feel good because they had a decision to make. They could have packed it in after Tuesday, but they decided not to do that."

Although they struggled to control the ball early in yesterday's game, the Pirates took a 5-4 lead in the second half, forcing Friends to rally. Carmina Valle scored the game-winner, rolling the crease with 2:35 left in the game.

While the Pirates' defense held the Quakers' midfielders scoreless, they couldn't stop Vanessa Coe, Kim Stude and Valle, especially coming around from behind the crease. Four of Friends' goals were scored by rolling the crease.

Coe scored the game's first goal, coming around from behind just 2 1/2 minutes into the game.

The Pirates turned in a couple of strong defensive stands to hold off the Quakers for the next six minutes, and keeper Heather Castle, who finished with 15 saves, denied Stude twice.

Cover point Kate Jenkins upset another Quakers' scoring opportunity with a fine play against Elizabeth Bowman coming around.

But Friends won almost all the midfield ground balls to snuff most of NDP's chances to go on attack early. Two Pirates turnovers led to ground balls that set up the next two Friends goals.

Lauren Ellis picked up the first and fed Stude. Two minutes later, Shawny Nellums fed Coe for a 3-0 lead with 14:55 left in the half.

The Pirates, who often seemed reluctant to go to goal early, finally got their offense going off the next draw. Trish Cummings and Melissa Miceli piped back-to-back shots before Cummings finally put NDP on the board. Cummings added another goal and Rachel Mack tied the game at 3-3 on a free position with 2:22 left in the half.

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