No. 2 Roland Park rallies to beat Notre Dame Prep

April 28, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

No. 11 Notre Dame Prep pushed No. 2 Roland Park further than any team has all year, but the Reds still survived the test.

After trailing by three goals for the first time all season, the Reds capped their rally with two goals in the final two minutes to edge NDP, 10-9, in an Association of Independent Schools East league game yesterday.

Melissa Cully scored the game winner with 38 seconds left, lunging to sling a low shot past stellar Pirates goalie Heather Castle (15 saves).

A flag dropped as Cully cut to goal, and she thought as much about the free-position shot she might end up with as the shot she took.

"What you want to do in that situation is get as close to the center of the goal as possible, so you can get the center hash [for the free-position shot] if you miss. That's why I stuck my stick out that way. It probably wasn't the best shot to take at that point, but it went in," said Cully.

Cully's goal capped a 17-minute comeback in which the Reds (11-0 overall, 5-0 league) emerged from an 8-5 deficit. It was the second straight come-from-behind win for the Reds, who trailed by two goals before beating No. 6 Mount Hebron, 11-10, Saturday.

"Their experience in these pressure games can help them pull it out over an NDP, which is a younger team," said Reds coach Wendy Kridel, whose squad goes after its fourth straight AIS championship when the tournament begins Monday.

Yesterday, with the score tied 5-5 at halftime, the host Pirates (6-2, 3-2) came out and scored the next three goals. Tricia Cummings fed Kira Nazelrod on the crease for back-to-back goals placed perfectly in the corners.

Next, Lacy Aumiller snatched a ground ball in front of the crease and popped it past starting Reds keeper Melissa Coyne (six saves). That put the Pirates up 8-5 with 19:02 left.

Then the Reds put together more offense than they had in the first 31 minutes of the game.

After defender Meredith Shuey checked the ball away from a Pirates attacker and scooped up the ground ball, Elizabeth Rodgers converted at the other end.

Lizzy Bennett added consecutive goals, on assists from Cully and Kelly Sloan, to pull the Reds even at 8-8 with 10:42 left.

The Pirates took back the lead one more time when freshman Sheehan Stanwick scored her third goal on a free position.

But Catherine Passano answered that to tie at 9-9 with 1:50 left.

Peggy Boutilier controlled the ensuing draw for the Reds, but Castle snuffed two of her shots, including a free-position attempt. After the second shot, Hedy Born got the ball behind the goal and passed to Cully for the game winner.

NDP had one final opportunity when Cummings got a free position on the left hash mark with 12 seconds left. Cummings darted across in front of the goal for a shot, but Reds reserve keeper Gwen Armbruster saved it.

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