Defense lifts Severn to 8-7 win No. 12 Admirals slow No. 7 Roland Park

Girls lacrosse

March 26, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After a lopsided loss to top-ranked Notre Dame Prep last week, it didn't take Severn's defense long to learn its lesson.

The No. 12 Admirals, led by senior veterans Amy Galebach and Gussie Habeck, used a tight defensive game to edge No. 7 Roland Park, 8-7, yesterday in an AIS A Division non-league game.

"Last game, we had a lot of problems with fast breaks," said Galebach, whose team lost, 16-4, to NDP, "so that was something we needed to stop this game. We recovered faster and gave more help."

The Admirals' defense did a good job of slowing the Reds' break, double-teaming the ball and covering the cutters. The visiting Reds (0-1) struck only twice on the break -- both times in the last six minutes.

By then, Severn (2-1) had jumped ahead 7-5, the biggest lead of a back-and-forth game that featured five ties.

After Ashley Zink gave the Reds a 5-4 edge five minutes into the second half, Severn used its draw control and patient offense to regain the lead. The Admirals won four straight draws and Jen Hartman, Bess Freedlander and Reilly West scored in a 3-0 run that gave Severn its first -- and only -- two-goal lead with 8: 10 left.

The Admirals' attack showed the same kind of teamwork that the defense did. Severn had possession of the ball much of the second half, including almost 11 minutes as it worked for its three straight goals.

"We're doing a better job of working with each other and seeing each other on the cuts," said Galebach. "Their defense got a little discombobulated and we cut through and took advantage of that. We did second cuts and we had a lot of patience."

The Reds, playing their season opener, weren't quite in sync on a defense that includes only two veterans.

"They were bringing their whole team down [on attack]," said Reds coach Tara Kramer, "and the communication on the defensive end was two seconds too late."

Still, the Reds rallied in the final six minutes. Goalie Emily Lough started a break with a long clear to Lauren Miller, who hit Zink for the goal to pull within 7-6.

Lough made another of her four saves with 2: 55 left, but the Reds could not convert. Galebach and Habeck each had a knockdown to thwart the Reds' drive, and at the other end, Jessie Popham rolled the crease to boost the lead back to two with 59 seconds to go.

The Admirals also got a fine performance from junior goalie Kim Blouin, a transfer from St. Mary's, who made two big second-half stands. She faced three Reds shots to open the half, saving two while the other hit the pipe. Later, in the midst of the Admirals' three-goal run, she faced three more quick shots and saved them all to finish with eight saves.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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