Roland Park unloads on Maryvale

April 23, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

The history behind No. 2 Roland Park and No. 9 Maryvale made yesterday's meeting more than just the average regular-season game.

In the Association of Independent Schools, no other programs have won three consecutive girls lacrosse tournament titles. This year, the Reds are out to win their fourth straight, and Maryvale, NTC which won from 1986-88, hopes to have a hand in preventing that.

Yesterday, however, the Lions learned they have some work to do should they meet the Reds at tournament time.

The host Reds (7-0 overall, 3-0 league) won, 15-5, in the AIS East Division league game.

Roland Park coach Wendy Kridel said her players were well-aware of Maryvale's motivation.

"My kids knew this was Maryvale's season," said Kridel. "They kept hearing over and over how Maryvale wanted to beat Roland Park and they felt they were going to take care of Maryvale's season in one day."

Still, the loss just added more fuel to the Lions' determination. After all, many of the same players have already lost to the Reds this year in the field hockey and basketball tournaments.

"We're sick of losing to Roland Park," said Lions attacker Meghan Doyle. "We haven't been in the [lacrosse] Top 10 in over four years. They've been such a good team for so long, but now we're a good team, too. I think it's time for someone else to win the whole thing, and we're going to prove it to them in the tournament."

The Lions (7-2, 2-1) started off strong yesterday taking a 1-0 lead on Bridget Greenawalt's goal. They led again at 3-2 when Meg McLaughlin scored, then fed Doyle for another.

But once the Reds got their transition game rolling, they scored 11 unanswered goals. Peggy Boutilier polished off the 24-minute run on an assist from Melissa Cully for a 13-3 lead with 12:08 left in the game.

"We were in it until it hit 6-3," said Lions coach Mary Clare McFadden. "Then, we started getting a little nervous and our game plan broke down. Up until that time, we had patience on attack and on defense. But we lost that. We started running the ball and going after the big checks, and we gave them the advantage a lot."

The Reds had a sensational shooting day, scoring their 15 goals on 25 shots. Cully scored a game-high four goals while Catherine Passano added three. Boutilier, Lizzy Bennett, Hedy Born and Elizabeth Rodgers had two each.

Some great defensive plays set up many of those goals. Passano and Meredith Shuey had key interceptions while Boutilier came up with several big checks resulting in turnovers.

Today, the Reds will be looking for some revenge of their own. They want a shot at No. 6 Mount Hebron, in the second annual Roland Park North-South Tournament.

For the Reds to have a chance to avenge last year's loss to the Vikings, both must win tough preliminary games.

The Reds open with Haverford (Pa.) at 10 a.m. followed by the Vikings vs. Tower Hill (Del.) at 11. The consolation follows at 1:15 p.m. with the title game at 2:30 p.m.

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