Roland Park is too quick and too deep for Severn

March 31, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Roland Park used its speed to make quick work of Severn.

Peggy Boutilier and Catherine Passano scored four goals apiece as third-ranked Roland Park created numerous scoring opportunities with its superior speed and coasted to a 15-2 victory over visiting Severn yesterday.

Roland Park (2-0) is trying to rebound from the loss of last year's top scorer, Brent McAllister. McAllister suffered a season-ending knee injury last week in practice and underwent surgery earlier this week.

McAllister (50 goals, 14 assists last year) was the force in the Reds' transition game, but her teammates showed Severn (0-2) that they still have plenty of punch on transition. The Reds repeatedly made long runs that set up good scoring chances.

"We work on transition every day," said Roland Park coach Wendy Kridel. "We lost an important player [McAllister] who was the crux of our transition last year."

The speed turned out to be a key. Several Roland Park players outran their opponents -- even though Severn boasted good speed of its own.

What made the speed even more effective was the strong passing and cutting the Reds did at the end of a break. Roland Park made slick cuts to the ball and wound up with numerous shots from in close.

"Speed alone cannot do it," said Boutilier. "We needed the homes cutting to the ball."

Said Passano: "The game lent itself to running . . . on transition."

Passano and Boutilier helped make sure the Reds had little to worry about after the first few minutes. After Melissa Cully (one goal, two assists) scored on a long run only 80 seconds into the game, Passano scored on another one with 18:37 left in the half.

After Emily Franey scored for Severn with an assist from Heidi Hammes just 66 seconds later, the Reds took control. Roland Park won the ensuing draw, and Passano scooped up the ball and raced through the Severn defense and scored with 16:51 left in the half.

Passano then made a smooth cut near the cage, took a Hedy Born pass and scored again just 1:38 later. Boutilier scored off a pass from Lizzy Bennett (two goals, one assist) with 12:27 left and added another goal for a 6-1 lead off a Cully pass just 2:04 later.

Julie Tice scored an unassisted goal with 9:09 left for Severn, but the Reds shut out the Admirals for the final 34:09. The Reds stretched the lead to 10-2 at halftime.

Susanna Pitts, Meredity Shuey and Virginia Hodges turned in strong performances for Roland Park on defense. Goalie Melissa Coyne was only called upon to make five saves, but most of them were on point-blank shots.

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