Freedlander's heroics beat Bryn Mawr Senior's goal with : 56 left keeps No. 9 Severn rolling

Girls lacrosse

April 18, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

No one around the Association of Independent Schools A Division could dispute Bess Freedlander's proclamation after Severn came from behind twice yesterday to turn back Bryn Mawr, 7-6, and run the Admirals' winning streak to seven straight.

"We're for real," said Freedlander after the non-league game. "We deserve some respect."

Severn (10-2) is ranked ninth in the Baltimore area, but Freedlander and her teammates have their eyes on bigger and better things.

They have now defeated second-ranked Roland Park, fourth-ranked St. Paul's and 10th-ranked Bryn Mawr (8-3), with their only losses coming early to No. 1 Notre Dame Prep and No. 6 Annapolis.

Yesterday was a Bess Freedlander kind of day.

The senior attacker lived up to her reputation for late-game heroics in lacrosse and field hockey when she beat the Mawrtians' defense with a power move from behind the net for the winning goal with 56 seconds left.

None of Freedlander's teammates, coaches or classmates was surprised by her daring move around the net to break a 6-6 tie and negate a four-goal performance by Bryn Mawr's Kim Smith.

Many of them remember that early September afternoon last fall at Severn when Freedlander scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory that ended Severna Park's vaunted 54-game winning streak in field hockey.

Severn's Carol Prickett gave Freedlander a chance to win the game yesterday when the junior midfielder and draw specialist sent a low, scorching shot into the net to tie the score at 6 with 2: 30 remaining.

Bryn Mawr had gone ahead, 6-5, just a minute earlier on Smith's fourth goal. Smith had three goals in the first half, but the Mawrtians had to settle for a 4-4 tie after jumping off to a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes.

Smith scored four times even though she was tracked by the gifted Freedlander.

"Kim is an excellent player," said Freedlander. "My job was to stick on her and make sure she didn't get the ball too much. This win was a little messy for us."

Six different Admirals scored goals yesterday, with senior defensive standout Amy Galebach getting two goals and Freedlander, Prickett, Jessie Popham, Carrie Staines and Jen Hartman each scoring once. Reilly West contributed an assist for the winners.

"Severn just seemed to capitalize on every mistake we made," said Bryn Mawr coach Anne Townsend Kessenich, "and that was the difference."

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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