Reds Storm By Hopeful Maryvale

Thunder, Lightning Delay Doesn't Deter Roland Park

Girls Lacrosse

April 25, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryvale came into yesterday's game looking for its second upset of a ranked team in six days, but the No. 15 Lions ran into supercharged Roland Park.

The No. 1 Reds took a five-goal lead in the first 12 minutes and rolled past the host Lions, 13-6, in an Association of Independent Schools A Division game.

The Lions (7-4-1) cracked the The Sun's Top 15 for the first time all season after Saturday's 12-7 upset of then-No. 4 St. Paul's.

But the Reds (9-3) didn't need that extra incentive. Coming off Tuesday's 15-5 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame Prep, which will cost them the top ranking, they were determined to get ahead quickly.

"They were out to redeem themselves a little bit," said Reds coach Tara Kramer, "and get their team-play back, which was very evident in the first half."

The only thing that stopped the Reds in the early going was an hour-long thunderstorm delay.

A minute and a half into the game, Lauren Miller scored the first goal on a free position. Then came the storm. Then came the Reds' storm -- four goals in 10 minutes from Alli Harper (two), Miller and Erin McInnes.

The Lions staged a short rally behind two Katie Lafferty goals, but the Reds shot back with five straight from Harper, Ashley Zink, Elizabeth Ryan, Kristin Sudina and Betsy Gaines. They closed out the half with a 10-2 lead after outshooting the Lions 19-5.

In the second half, the Lions played better defense and outscored the Reds, but Roland Park continued to dominate the midfield and control the draws, winning six of eight in the half.

"On close defense, we did a decent job," said Maryvale coach John Blatchley, who starts six freshmen. "Where we got hurt is in their transition play. Roland Park, Mount Hebron and Notre Dame move the ball from point A to point B better than a lot of college teams, and it's something we're still getting used to."

The victory keeps the Reds in a tight race for the top spot in the A Division's Lears League. At 4-1, the Reds are neck-and-neck with NDP and No. 4 St. Mary's with one loss each. Maryvale drops to 2-4 -- all the losses to ranked teams.

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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