Roland Park bounces Notre Dame Prep for title

May 11, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Mark this one down in the history books.

No. 2 Roland Park won an unprecedented fourth straight Association of Independent Schools A Division Tournament lacrosse championship with a 7-3 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame Prep yesterday at Garrison Forest.

Coming into the season, the Reds were tied with Maryvale, which won three titles from 1986-88. Now, the Reds' dynasty is the only one to roll up four in a row.

"It's a great feeling to win it four years and you're a senior," said Reds defender Susanna Pitts. "It's very exciting. It's sad too, because it's over. There are a lot of mixed emotions today."

Over the past four years, coach Wendy Kridel's Reds have compiled a 50-3-4 record. This season, they finished 15-0 despite losing their leading scorer Brent McCallister to a knee injury in preseason.

"They really don't have a weak link," said NDP coach Mary Bartel. "Let's face it, Roland Park deserved to win. We would have had to play perfect lacrosse today."

The Pirates (8-4) stuck with the Reds in a 3-3 first half, but they couldn't stay even in the second. Two Reds goals in the first two minutes of the second half threw the Pirates completely off their game.

Melissa Cully snapped the halftime tie running off the first draw. Then Lizzy Bennett hit her sister Ridgely Bennett flying down the middle for a 5-3 Reds lead.

After that, terrific team defense from Pitts, Ridgely Bennett, Meredith Shuey, Kelly Sloan, Kellie MacDougal and Peggy Boutilier along with seven saves by freshman keeper Melissa Coyne held the Pirates scoreless. No team scored more than three goals on the Reds in the tournament.

Lizzy Bennett added another goal after she and Hedy Born stripped the ball from Pirates defender Meredith Hobik at midfield. Bennett ran in to go one-on-one with NDP keeper Heather Castle with 18:24 left.

Boutilier scored her second goal on a feed from Lizzy Bennett to put the Reds ahead 7-3 with 8:16 to go.

The Pirates had their chances with 11 shots and eight free-positions chances in the half, but their entire game seemed out of sync in the second half.

"We seemed to be passing wrong and not being able to catch," said Pirates midfielder Kira Nazelrod. "Our attack was all jumbled up, and our defense wasn't talking. A lot went wrong."

Only Castle, who turned in a great performance with 11 saves, kept the Pirates as close as they were.

Castle saved four of the Reds' first five shots as NDP pulled ahead 2-1 early.

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