Roland Park pulls away from No. 2 St. Paul's Harper, Miller power Reds to 10-8 victory

April 09, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The combination of Alli Harper and Lauren Miller proved to be a winning one for host Roland Park.

Miller fed Harper three times for goals over a 10-minute stretch late in the second half to help No. 7 Roland Park score a 10-8 victory over No. 2 St. Paul's in an AIS A Division game yesterday.

In a back-and-forth game that featured seven ties, Roland Park (4-1, 1-1) scored three of the final four goals and four of the last six.

After Mills Hook (three goals, one assist) of St. Paul's (5-2, 2-2) tied the game at 6-6 with 21: 52 left, the Harper-Miller show began.

Harper took a perfect feed from Miller (two goals, three assists) for a 7-6 lead with 14: 05 left, but Sarah Oglesby tied it on a free-position shot 1: 52 later. Miller then made another good pass LTC to Harper in front for an 8-7 lead just 55 seconds after that.

"She made incredible passes," said Harper, who finished with a game-high four goals. "She's a great passer."

Erin McInnes (three goals, one assist) extended the lead to 9-7 on a free-position shot with 9: 56 left. Miller then fired a pass to Harper in front, and she reached high up to put it in for a 10-7 lead with 4: 03 remaining.

Roland Park started a bit slowly, but began playing better later in the first half and took a 5-4 halftime lead. McInnes then started taking second-half draws and helped the Reds control the ball more after the break.

In addition, they caused St. Paul's problems with a defense that marked closer and didn't give the Gators as much room after a catch.

"I felt we were a bit slow on our feet to start," said Roland Park coach Tara Kramer. "I think it was a true test for them that they didn't let themselves get out of the game early."

St. Paul's had several good scoring chances, but Roland Park goalie Emily Lough stopped many. The senior made 15 saves, several on point-blank shots, to keep the Reds close. St. Paul's goalie Joanna Renner also played well with 12 stops.

"Their defense played very well and forced a lot of errors on our part," said St. Paul's coach Traci Magness. "We just didn't get settled."

Pub Date: 4/09/97

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