Mercy's rally comes up short in 11-10 loss to Park in final

May 10, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

The season ended a few seconds too soon for Mercy's girls lacrosse team yesterday.

Rallying for two goals in the final 37 seconds and threatening to score a third, the Sharpshooters fell to Park, 11-10, in the Association of Independent Schools B Division title game at St. Paul's.

Shannon Cohen scored her second straight goal with 14 seconds left for the Sharpshooters (9-6), who were 3-7 last year. Then teammate Kellee Yates snatched the next draw, but time expired as she raced to goal.

Yates said she didn't realize time was running out so quickly. "I was looking for a pass, but I figured I should just go for goal, because there was little time left and we couldn't take the risk of someone dropping it."

For top-seeded Park (10-3), which was undefeated against B Division foes, dominating the early part of the second half proved the key to victory. Trailing 6-5 at halftime, the Bruins scored the first four goals of the second half. Mercy never caught up.

After forcing their attack much of the first half, the Bruins settled down and worked for better shots. They scored six goals on 11 second-half shots.

At the same time, the Park defense held the Sharpshooters to one shot in the first 17 minutes of the half.

"In the first half, their midfield transition was really good, but in the second half, we shut that down [one shot in 17 minutes] much more," said Alexa Wilder, who led Park with five goals. "We weren't denying very well in the beginning, but we did that much better in the second half."

While the entire Park defense of Kris Heard, Irit Altman, Jessie Cohen, Hannah Fruchtman, Anya Salkowske-Bartlett, Kara Silberg and keeper Allison Brown (seven saves) played well, Cohen succeeded on the toughest assignment. She held Mercy's high-scoring first home Kelly Swift scoreless in the second half.

Early in the second half, Wilder tied the game by rolling the crease and leaping around to catch a high corner.

Silberg (three goals), Mandy Kolker and Wilder finished out the four-goal run giving Park a 9-6 lead with nine minutes left.

But Mercy, which posted its first winning season ever, staged its own rally after winning its first draw of the half when Wilder jumped into the circle too quickly. Heather Miskiewicz ran down and fired a low shot that caromed off the right pipe into the far side of the net.

Miskiewicz grabbed the next draw and ran in to score again, pulling the Sharpshooters within 9-8 with 6:13 to go.

However, Park controlled the next draw and set up its offense. As soon as the Sharpshooters pressured the ball, Wilder dodged a couple of defenders and fired past Mercy keeper Megan Evans (eight saves) for a 10-8 lead. The Bruins ran some time off the clock before Silberg popped a shot over Evans' right shoulder for the game-winner with 1:16 left.

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