Robinson scores 4 goals to spark St. Mary's win No. 2-ranked Saints repel No. 5 Severna Park, 9-7

Girls lacrosse

March 22, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

A year ago, Severna Park needed four overtimes to shake St. Mary's, but the Saints didn't need quite as long to take the rematch.

The No. 2-ranked Saints used an early second-half rally to hold off the No. 5 Falcons for a 9-7 victory in last night's season opener at Severna Park's Roberts Field.

Early on, the game seemed headed for a repeat of last year's 6-5 quadruple overtime event. There were ties at 1, 2, 3 and 4, and neither team managed more than a one-goal lead for 36 minutes.

Then the Saints, who struggled with their transition game early, started making connections and put together the only significant run of the game.

Katie Robinson tied it at 4-4 early in the second half to start a four-goal Saints run.

Lauren Kenchington fed Michelle Zurfluh from behind and Robinson followed with a free-position goal. Then Robinson took a midfield pass from Kate Hardesty and ran straight to the goal for a 7-4 Saints lead with 13: 33 left.

"Our defense did a lot better job of moving it to the midfield and the midfield to the attack," said Robinson, who finished with four goals. "Our defense is what won the game for us. They were the reason we were able to do what we did on attack."

Saints defender Megan Lewis said the difference was communication: "We talked a lot better in the second half, and our double teams were better. We knew where they were on the field. We've only had one scrimmage, so it just took us a little time."

Still, the Falcons weren't about to fall without a fight. On a free position, Amy Noble found Gretchen Hergenroeder open on the far side to pull within 7-5.

But the Falcons defense had one critical lapse that let Tiffany Schummer get loose for the eventual game-winner with 5: 31 to go.

From midfield, Marianne Gioffre hit Schummer with a pass about 10 yards in front of the goal. Schummer was so open that she dropped the ball but still had time to recover and shoot.

"Our attack players weren't picking up their girls coming out of the defensive end," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson. "That left girls coming in free. Our defense had to switch, and they got a couple quick goals that way."

The Falcons rallied on goals from Hergenroeder and Jess Mundt to pull within 8-7 with 2: 11 to go. They were heading to goal in the last minute go when Dana Capello's pass was intercepted.

Goalie Jen Corradini (14 saves) started the Saints moving

downfield, where Robinson iced the win with a goal with 15 seconds left.

Pub Date: 3/22/97

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