St. Mary's Rallies Past Bryn Mawr

No. 4 Saints Erase 5-1 Deficit To Claim 13-9 Win

Girls Lacrosse

April 23, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With St. Mary's trailing, 5-1, early in yesterday's Association of Independent Schools showdown with host Bryn Mawr, Saints coach Erika Bristow delivered a message to her team that ultimately would change the complexion of the game: Wake up!

It was the call to arms the fourth-ranked Saints needed, and they responded by scoring 12 of the next 13 goals en route to a 13-9 win over the No. 10 Mawrtians.

"I don't know if it was the long bus ride [from Annapolis to Baltimore] or what," said Bristow. "We were kind of asleep in the beginning."

Said attack Kellie Thompson: "I think at first we weren't as ready to play as we should've been. We knew we shouldn't have been losing by that much."

Thompson was one of the main weapons in St. Mary's' comeback, scoring five goals and assisting on another to help the Saints (10-3 overall, 4-1 in the AIS A Lears Division) build their lead to as much as seven by midway through the second half. Laura White also had three goals, and Katie Robinson and Tiffany Schummer each scored a pair.

The final numbers give little indication of Bryn Mawr's early domination. Led by junior Kim Smith, the Mawrtians got off seven of the first eight shots and kept the ball on offense for most of the first 10 minutes.

Smith, wearing a plastic mask to protect a broken nose, scored four of her game-high five goals and had an assist to give her team a 5-1 lead with 14: 23 to play in the first half.

For Bryn Mawr (9-4, 3-2), however, that's when things began to go wrong. St. Mary's began winning draws, then used its speed to drive downfield for goal after goal. Down by four, the Saints rallied to tie in the next 4: 02, and led, 8-5, at the break.

"We knew we needed to get draw control," said Thompson. "When we got the ball off the draw we scored, and that turned it around.

Said Bryn Mawr coach Anne Townsend Kessenich: "They started getting their goals right off the draw. They were very fast."

Kessenich praised the play of Saints goalie Jen Corradini (7 saves), but said her team probably helped her effort with poor shot selection.

Bryn Mawr did mount a late comeback attempt -- scoring three straight goals in the final 11: 53 -- but the gap was too big.

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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