Reds read Hebron's minds, take game, 11-8 Roland Park's teamwork leaves Vikings wondering

Girls lacrosse

March 28, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Anyone watching Roland Park's defense work against No. 4 Mount Hebron yesterday might have suspected that the No. 7 Reds had somehow swiped Mount Hebron's playbook.

But the Reds (1-1) didn't resort to subterfuge to plot their 11-8 victory. They relied on memory.

"They knew our offense, our overload offense," said Tracey Bounds, who led the Vikings with two goals and two assists. "We've played it for four years in a row, and I think they figured it out."

The hosts, who now hold a 3-2 edge in the series, had indeed figured it out and double-teamed the Vikings (1-1) right out of their isolation plays.

"They were very well prepared, which we were not," said Vikings coach Chris Robinson. "They controlled everything. They controlled the ground. They played great defense. They hit the open person every time. They did everything well and completely took us out of our game."

In the first five minutes, the Reds took a defensive stand that set the tone.

Elizabeth Ryan, Allison Michels, Kristin Raneri and goalie Emily Lough all made big plays in the series. Lough, who finished with seven saves, faced six straight shots and made three terrific stops, including one against Kelly Dodson's eight-meter attempt.

The biggest problem for Mount Hebron was just holding onto the ball. The Vikings turned it over frequently against the double-teams, and the Reds were quicker to the ground balls.

One grounder turned into a goal when Vikings goalie Amy Jagoda came out after the ball, but Lauren Miller beat her to it and scooped it into the net.

Jagoda, filling in for injured starter Amy Foster, had an otherwise strong effort, making 10 saves. But she had to face too many open Reds right in front of her.

The Reds' passing game was in high gear. Nine of their goals were assisted, including four in a 10-minute, 5-1 run midway through the second half that pretty much sealed the victory.

After the Vikings took their only lead, 4-3, with goals by Bounds and Lauren Kickham to open the second half, the Reds answered with goals from Erin McInnes and Miller, who finished with three goals and five assists.

Bounds then tied it at 5, but Miller fed Alli Harper and Ryan for goals, and McInnes fought her way through a double-team for another one, putting the Reds up 8-5 with 11: 31 left.

The victory was particularly satisfying for the Reds after their lackluster performance in Tuesday's 8-7 loss to No. 12 Severn.

"We realized we had to work together to form a team on both the attack and defensive ends," said McInnes. "We really worked on getting that aspect of the game together, and it showed today."

Bryn Mawr 15, Garrison Forest 10: Kim Smith scored eight goals and had two assists to lead the No. 11 Mawrtians past No. 9 Garrison in an AIS A Division non-league game.

Pub Date: 3/28/97

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