Towson regroups, puts away Hereford Generals use timeout to rally, spark 15-8 win

Girls lacrosse

April 17, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Nobody has to tell the 13th-ranked Towson Generals about the importance of a well-placed timeout. Those who didn't already know found out near the end of the first half yesterday against No. 14 Hereford.

With her team trailing 6-4 and looking sluggish, coach Wendy Kridel called a timeout 3: 41 before the break to regroup. The host Generals responded in a big way, scoring 11 of the game's final 13 goals in a 15-8 victory.

"That really helped us pull it together," said Towson junior attack Eva Claire Synkowski. "We got focused, and our attack just came back out and exploded. It was a good timeout."

Synkowski led the Generals (5-1 overall, 4-0 in Baltimore County's Division I) with five goals, Katie Dolan had four, and Amy Stringer and Katie Coyne added two each. For much of the second half Towson's potent attack was able to run right past the fatigued Bulls defense.

And while the hosts were racking up goals, Hereford went scoreless for a stretch of 17: 10 in the second half.

"We were tired," said Hereford coach Nancy Love. "We didn't play our game in the second half -- there's no question. They started coming straight down to the goal with their fast break, and we had a hard time covering that."

The barrage started with 3: 01 to play before halftime, when Stringer scored to cut the lead to 6-5. Then, in rapid succession, goals by Jaimee Reynolds, Stringer, and Synkowski put Towson ahead, 8-6, and the Generals stayed in command the rest of the way.

Kridel said she was a bit worried at halftime that her team might not have been able to sustain the momentum. The Generals took the field and proved her wrong, scoring a goal just 12 seconds into the second half.

"I think, if anything, that set the tone for the rest of the game," said Kridel, who was thrilled with her team's all-around play. "Draw possession was the biggest difference, but we just played a great game. Our passing and catching was really on, and our shooting was on."

The Bulls (4-2, 4-2) were led by Jen Dyson, who had two goals and an assist, and Portia Gotwalt, who had a goal and two assists.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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