No. 12 Maryvale back on track

April 26, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

With the season-ending tournament just a week away, No. 12 Maryvale could not wait much longer to emerge from a two-game skid.

The Lions had opened their season with eight straight wins before falling to No. 13 Garrison Forest and No. 2 Roland Park last week.

"They were big losses too -- neither of them were close," said Lions coach Mary Clare McFadden. "I think my kids really wanted to win because of those two losses. They wanted to get themselves back up too for Bryn Mawr [tomorrow] and to go into the tournament."

Yesterday, the Lions did bounce back, posting a hard-fought 8-6 victory over visiting Friends in an Association of Independent Schools EastDivision game.

The Lions showed some defensive improvements as well as an aggressive attack that struck in transition but also showed patience around the crease. Meghan Doyle and Meg Laughlin each scored three goals to lead the Lions (8-2 overall, 3-1 league).

In the first 10 minutes, Friends (4-5-1, 1-4) took a 2-1 lead on goals from Linley Smith and Claire Mikolayunas. But through the rest of the game, the Quakers were inconsistent at both ends of the field.

After Maryvale took a tough defensive stand midway through the half, the Lions came down and scored three goals within 2 minutes, 13 seconds to pull ahead 4-2. McLaughlin and Bridget pTC Greenawalt scored on free positions and Candace Cummings fed Meghan Doyle for another.

"We made a lot of quick little mistakes," said Friends defender Aubin McCarthy. "When one of us had to go behind, they took advantage reallyquickly. They were able to pass kind of short transitions real fast."

However in the final 2:39 of the half, Friends got goals from Kim Stude rolling the crease and Celia Barss on a free position to tie at 4 going into halftime.

But Friends couldn't sustain the momentum and Maryvale again struck quickly with three goals in the first four minutes of the second half.

Meghan Doyle scored two and McLaughlin added another. With 14:02 left, Maura Doyle fed McLaughlin to give the Lions an 8-4 lead.

"Running our offense, we were patient and we didn't throw it away," said McLaughlin. "We waited for our offense to work. When we were double-teamed, we passed it. We passed around the double teams and found the open girl on the fast break."

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