St. Mary's shakes off Severn rally, 9-6 O'Doherty sparks offense

Corradini makes 15 saves

Girls lacrosse

April 27, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

St. Mary's coach Erika Bristow told her team to concentrate on sticking to its style of play yesterday against Severn.

Bristow wanted the fourth-ranked Saints to focus on the basics of passing, catching and scooping ground balls that they do so well. St. Mary's followed the coach's instructions and also got strong performances from Meaghan O'Doherty and goalie Jen Corradini in a 9-6 victory over No. 9 Severn at Weems-Whalen Memorial Field in Annapolis.

O'Doherty (two goals, two assists) sparked St. Mary's (12-2) on offense several times. She scored twice in the first half to help the Saints build a 6-3 halftime lead, and had a key assist in the second half when the Saints held off a rally by Severn (8-5).

"We can pass and catch pretty well," said O'Doherty. "We've been working on our transition."

The Saints' transition game worked well. O'Doherty often helped St. Mary's run, and the Saints used some good cross-field passing to manufacture scoring chances off the transition.

St. Mary's also found help on offense from several other places. Jen Manning and Katie Robinson each had a goal and an assist, while Kate Hardesty, Lauren Kenchington, Jen Sturm, Kellie Thompson and Michelle Zurfluh all scored once.

Corradini (15 saves) helped St. Mary's stay in control when Severn turned up the heat in the second half. The Saints' goalie made 10 of her saves in that half and often jump-started her team's transition efforts with strong clearing passes.

"Our passing was [good], and that helped," said Bristow. "It started with goalie [and went] up from there."

Kate Graw made sure Severn did not go quietly. Despite drawing lots of attention in the form of double-teams from St. Mary's, Graw still scored four goals.

Severn appeared in trouble when St. Mary's took a 6-2 lead late in the first half. But Graw scored with one second left on a free-position shot, and repeated the feat with 16: 04 left in the game to cut it to 6-4.

Severn cut the lead to two one more time (8-6) on a Carol Prickett goal with four minutes left, but St. Mary's held on for the victory.

The Admirals, helped by Julie Tice, Bess Freelander and others, controlled play for a long time in the second half. Severn kept possession for most of the first 15 minutes, and kept St. Mary's scoreless for the first 12:30.

Severn played much better in the second half, but the early deficit proved too much to overcome.

Pub Date: 4/27/96

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