B. Mawr nips Towson, 10-9, in OT on Smith's fifth goal Generals' goalie sparkles

Mawrtians dominate late

April 11, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Last night's game between No. 10 Bryn Mawr and No. 14 Towson featured one of the area's best shooters against the top-rated goalie.

The showdown was a draw. The game went to the shooter.

Kim Smith scored the only goal in overtime, her fifth of the game, to lead the Mawrtians (7-2) to a 10-9 victory at Towson (3-1).

She bounced the game-winner past All-Metro goalie Melissa Coyne midway through the first half of the overtime period.

"Her release is so quick," said Coyne, "and it's not even that she's left-handed. Our defense played so well, and they really collapsed on her, but she gets a step and that's it. Her release is so quick you can't even see where it's coming from."

Later in overtime, Smith, wearing a protective mask to guard a broken nose, tried to give the Mawrtians a two-goal edge. Coyne snared the shot for her 13th save. She had as many saves against Smith as Smith had goals.

Coyne, who spent three years at Roland Park before transferring to Towson this year, had seen enough of Smith last year in Association of Independent Schools competition. Smith also knew what to expect from Coyne.

"She knows us really well," said Smith. "She can figure out where we're going to shoot, so that's where she'll stand. She makes you adjust you're shooting."

Even with some adjustments, the Mawrtians could not get the game winner past Coyne in regulation. The senior made two spectacular point-blank stops in the final five minutes of regulation to preserve a 9-9 tie.

Each time, the Mawrtians found a player wide open on the crease, but Coyne had her stick right on the shots by Charlotte Graham and Kate Wheeler.

The Generals also had a chance to win in regulation, but Lindsay Buchanan's shot was checked on a free position with 46 seconds left.

Towson never had a chance in overtime because the Generals almost never had possession. The Mawrtians won all the overtime draws, won all but one ground ball, and maintained possession for all but about 30 seconds of the six-minute overtime period.

In the second half, the Generals controlled six of nine draws to help them rally from two goals down for a 9-8 lead with 10: 49 left in regulation.

Sara Lev scored on a free position to start the three-goal run. After Coyne made a save against Smith, she cleared the ball to Buchanan, who ran all the way to score her fourth goal.

Lev then wove her way through the Mawrtians' packed-in defense to score her third goal for the lead with 10: 49 left.

Bryn Mawr won the next goal and Graham converted on a free position a minute and a half later to force overtime.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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