Mount de Sales gains semifinals AIS A TOURNAMENT

May 06, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

For unranked Seton Keough, it was a day of frustration.

For No. 7 Mount de Sales, a day of relief.

Just two days after the controversial postponement of the Association of Independent Schools quarterfinal -- caused by a dispute between game officials and Mount de Sales coach Bill Held -- there were plenty of lingering effects found on both sides of the ball.

For the host Sailors, however, most of the negative ones were all but forgotten after a 12-6 win over the Gators.

The victory advances Mount de Sales (19-1) to today's 3:45 p.m. semifinal against No. 12 Notre Dame Prep, and moves the Sailors one step closer to a rematch with defending AIS champion Roland Park in the tournament final.

But they had to first ride a two-day roller coaster of emotions to get there.

The game was postponed on Tuesday when the Baltimore Board of Officials for Women's Sports refused to officiate with Held on the sidelines. The decision apparently stemmed from what board officials considered to be inappropriate conduct by the Sailors coach during a game last week.

In a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, however, the problems were resolved.

"It caused a little embarrassment for the girls," Held said. "We tried [Wednesday] in practice to cover it over because it was starting to affect them."

But after the victory yesterday, some players said it may have even helped.

"It kind of fueled our fires," said Mount de Sales attacker Lisa Banbury. "Everything that happened to us made us want to win even more. We wanted to prove we were stronger than that."

Banbury scored four goals to go along with four by Christy Buck, two by Amy Buck and one each by Katy Santry and Jamie Wissmann, as the Sailors' high-powered offense looked sharp throughout the game.

For Seton Keough (7-7), however, the effects of the controversy were a bit more detrimental.

The Gators were forced to play without starting center Kathy Dunaway, who twisted her left knee in practice Wednesday. Coach Sue Behringer blamed the injury on the post ponement.

"She wouldn't have had that injury if we would've played on Tuesday," Behringer said. "We weren't playing our regular starting unit, and that hurt.

"It's unfortunate that adults couldn't solve their own problems."

Behringer, who was forced to start freshman Charity Carbine at center, said that Dunaway's injury hurt the team on offensive transitions and on defense, where she would've been guarding Banbury.

Mount de Sales took full advantage, breaking out to a 5-1 lead, and the Gators never again threatened.

Held said that the injury to Dunaway was matched by the Sailors' loss of starting attacker Paige Regan, out with the flu.

"I think if each team had its starter back, it would've been the same outcome," Held said.

But not everybody attributed the Sailors' strong showing to the controversy. Christy Buck said the win was a direct result of last Thursday's loss to St. Paul's -- the Sailors' only setback of the season.

"We refocused after that," Buck said. "I think it was good that we lost. Now we know what it feels like, and it made us want to play harder."

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