Roland Park showed visiting Bryn Mawr the importance of ball possession.
The third-ranked Reds held the ball for much of the game and used three goals and one assist from Lizzy Bennett plus 14 saves from Melissa Coyne for a 7-3 victory over No. 10 Bryn Mawr in an Association of Independent Schools A Conference East Division game yesterday.
Roland Park (4-1, 2-0) kept the ball for a large part of the game. The Reds completely controlled the flow by holding it for long stretches, limiting Bryn Mawr's scoring chances.
"We had the ball the entire game," said Roland Park coach Wendy Kridel. "When [Bryn Mawr] got it, we stopped them."
The lone problem for Roland Park was that it did not convert on several chances.
The Reds outshot Bryn Mawr (2-4, 2-1) by a 27-18 count, but could not finish some good opportunities.
Thanks to two goals from Bennett and one more from Hedy Born (two goals, one assist), the Reds held a 3-1 halftime lead.
Even though Roland Park missed on a number of good chances, the Reds' passing kept them in control.
"We were connecting on a lot of our passes," said Bennett. "We were really seeing the open girl."
The Reds opened the gap in the second half. With 20:51 left, Elizabeth Rodgers took a nice Born pass to score for a 4-1 lead.
Kellie MacDougall scored 50 seconds later, and the Reds made it 6-1 just 1:27 after that on a Bennett free- position shot.
Bryn Mawr then began to rally. Emily Hickman later scored twice 33 seconds apart for the Mawrtians to slice the lead to 6-3 with 13:49 remaining.
The Mawrtians kept the heat on, coming up with several good shots. But Coyne and the Roland Park defense then stepped up.
Coyne made a number of tough saves, especially in the second half. The sophomore goalie made eight of her stops in the second half, and most came on close shots.
The biggest save may have been her stop of Nancy Kim on a free-position shot with just under 12 minutes remaining. That would have cut the lead to two, but Coyne made the stop.
The defense also did a good job of not letting Bryn Mawr get a lot of long runs or good passes. MacDougall, Ridgley Bennett, Meredith Shuey and Reagan Raneri played good defense to stop the Bryn Mawr offense.
Roland Park came out fired up because of its loss earlier this week to Garrison Forest.
"Desire was definitely there, without a doubt," said Lizzy Bennett. "We were ready to play."
The Bryn Mawr goalies also were ready to play. Alexa DeLoskey started and came back later to finish with 14 saves. Sogand Zamari entered in the second half and made four tough saves.
"We had a few good shots on goal," said Bryn Mawr coach Libby Davis.
"But you need possession to win. That's the key."
* City 21, Carver 5: Sean Cooper went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs as City (4-0) defeated visiting Carver (4-1).
* Western 10, Patterson 4: Junior winner Angela Evans gave up one hit and four runs as host Western (3-0) defeated Patterson (4-1). Jen Preston took the loss.