Late goal lifts Reds to 6-5 win

April 09, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Catherine Passano had no time to think about the clock. The Roland Park attack wing was too busy trying to get her shot.

With time slipping away and the No. 2 Reds locked in a 5-5 tie with No. 14 Bryn Mawr, Passano took a pass from midfielder Peggy Boutilier, ran in and fired at the goal. Mawrtians keeper Alexa DeLoskey (11 saves) batted the shot away.

Passano scarfed up the ground ball and fired again -- this time past DeLoskey and into the net. Her goal came with 55 seconds DTC left, giving Roland Park a 6-5 win at Bryn Mawr yesterday.

"I didn't think about it time-wise," said Passano. "I just thought I have the ball now, and I have to score. The [first] shot bounced off her stick or something. I saw the ball come out and it's my job to put it back in."

Passano's second goal ended a defensive struggle in one of the hottest rivalries in the Association of Independent Schools A Division.

Much of the time, Bryn Mawr's excellent line defense of Sara Jordan, Amy McCormick and Kate Spies double- and triple-teamed the Reds right out of their game.

"Usually, they come down and score right away," said Jordan. "We were happy to stop them and get those checks off, because we weren't going to let them dictate the game."

Roland Park's usually explosive offense struggled early, breaking down on transition or losing the ball inside 12 meters. Bryn Mawr came up with almost all the ground balls and took a 2-1 lead on back-to-back goals by Ginna Fingles.

With 3:09 left in the half, Passano angled a shot off the pipe to tie.

The Reds (4-0 overall, 1-0 league) opened the second half with a blazing offensive display. They outshot the Mawrtians, 12-0, and got three sensational goals from Elizabeth Rodgers leaping around the crease, Lizzy Bennett on a quick-stick assisted by Melissa Cully and Cully on a spin move after backhanding Rodgers' pass.

With 15 minutes left, the Reds led, 5-3.

Bryn Mawr (1-2-1, 1-2), however, soon regained the momentum. Fingles scored a quick-stick goal on a fine feed from Carole Fakhry with 11:10 to go.

Two minutes later, Fakhry made a quick cut inside her defender on the crease to fire a low bullet past Reds keeper Melissa Coyne (five saves).

Then, the Reds boosted their defense with some big plays, including Boutilier standing up to charge, Virginia Hodges batting away a pass headed right in front of the goal and Coyne snatching a Mawrtians attempt to pass over the cage.

But Bryn Mawr got one more chance when Emily Hickman took a ground ball at midfield and ran in to tie the game at 5 with 1:44 to go.

The Mawrtians appeared in good shape when Hickman controlled the next draw. Coyne, however, came up with a huge save on a shot by Fingles.

"It's a good experience for us, because we have been winning our games by large margins," said Passano. "This shows us everyone is going to be up for our games."

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