Ndp Drops No. 1 Roland Park, 15-5

Stanwick's Six Goals Help No. 3 Pirates Recover From Loss To St. Mary's

Girls Lacrosse

April 23, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A week ago, Notre Dame Prep lost its No. 1 ranking, the lead in the AIS Lears League and some of its pride. Yesterday, it was time for the Pirates to try and reclaim everything.

Behind Sheehan Stanwick's six goals and two assists, visiting No. 3 Notre Dame Prep ran past top-ranked Roland Park, 15-5, yesterday. Lacey Aumiller had three games and two assists, and Wick Stanwick and Lauren Aumiller each scored twice for Notre Dame Prep.

The Pirates (6-1, 4-1), the defending AIS A Division champions, were playing in their first game since a one-goal loss to St. Mary's on April 15. The Reds (8-3, 3-1) had defeated their past three AIS opponents by an average of seven goals.

"The team decided after the loss that they didn't want to feel that way again," Notre Dame Prep coach Mary Bartel said. "I told them to remember it and they did."

After Roland Park tied the game at 2, Notre Dame Prep scored the final five goals of the first half, holding the Reds scoreless for the last 12 1/2 minutes before halftime. Sheehan Stanwick capped the run with two unassisted goals and an assist in a 3 1/2-minute span to give the Pirates a 7-2 halftime lead.

Throughout the game, Notre Dame Prep's defense repeatedly intercepted Roland Park's passes and took the ball away from the Reds on drives to the goal. The Pirates, who scored seven times in transition, then quickly cleared the ball and created several fast break opportunities.

It was the type of concentration by Notre Dame Prep not seen in the loss to St. Mary's.

"I think it helped the loss helped us," said Sheehan Stanwick, who has 33 goals and 13 assists in seven games. "It came at the right time and will be for the better."

The Reds got within 10-5 midway through the second half, but the Pirates closed out the game with five consecutive goals.

It's only the fifth time in 26 games that Roland Park has allowed its opponent to score in double figures. The Pirates have topped 10 goals against the Reds twice over the past two seasons, including a 11-10 win in last year's AIS A Division championship game to end Roland Park's five-year title reign.

On the defensive end, Notre Dame Prep received a strong performance from backup goalkeeper Valerie Leuchs, who started the second half and recorded seven saves.

"She did a nice job," Bartel said. "That's the type of performance we need against Roland Park."

It matched the lowest goal output of the season for Roland Park, which was averaging 12 goals per game. The Reds never got in sync, missing the open player on breaks and forcing drives into the middle of the Notre Dame Prep defense.

Roland Park failed to score in the last 11 minutes of the game.

"We never flowed offense-wise and it definitely hurt us," Roland Park coach Tara Kramer said. "When you're off, you're off. It's not the championshp game, thankfully. We have lost twice and learned a lot from those losses."

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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