Bryn Mawr gets it together in hurry Young Mawrtians defeat NDP to remain unbeaten

Field hockey

October 02, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

With eight underclassmen on her roster, Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik couldn't be sure at the beginning of the season how long it would take the Mawrtians to develop their teamwork.

It didn't take long.

The No. 8-ranked Mawrtians remained unbeaten yesterday with a 2-1 victory over No. 13 Notre Dame Prep in an Association of Independent Schools A Division game.

"I knew we had a lot of talent," said Budzik. "My concern was how well they would come together. We're still working on that, but we have a lot of speed and that's helping our combinations, because this is a fast-paced game."

Junior Jessica McAdams and freshman Carrie Fetting-Smith set the tone in yesterday's opening minutes by beating the Pirates to the ball and sparking Bryn Mawr's attack. The Mawrtians (5-0-1) had five penalty corners in 10 minutes.

Their defense, led by seniors Kate Cole and Elise Pepple, sophomores Amy Price and Courtney Shay and freshman Sarah Sanborn, held NDP (3-1-2) without a shot for almost 19 minutes.

"They were aggressive and we played in spurts," said Pirates midfielder Kate Kaiser. "They would get to the ball first and we would tackle back and get it from them, but we were playing catch-up the whole game."

The Mawrtians took the lead just over a minute into the second half when Cole scored on a short ball from Erin Quist in a scramble in front of the cage. Pirates goalie Sarah Disney stopped one Quist shot after McAdams deflected a Kim Smith drive down the middle, but with Disney on the ground, the Pirates could not clear the ball.

"Our goalie dove for it," said Kaiser, "and it was back and forth until they finally flicked it in over her."

The goal woke the Pirates, who needed only three minutes to answer. Kaiser drove a ball from the top toward the left side of the cage and Lauren Aumiller (assist) and Marissa Baldwin (goal) touched it in quick succession.

But the Pirates could not stop Bryn Mawr from creating opportunities in the scoring circle. The Mawrtians outshot the Pirates 13-5 and had a 10-0 edge on penalty corners. With 14: 19 left, they scored on another scramble in front of the cage.

Disney saved a shot by Meghan Perry, but the sophomore retaliated by quickly scoring on an assist from Smith.

Despite the strong start, Budzik and the Mawrtians remain cautious about their hopes for the rest of the season.

"We have such a young team, and we still have a lot of hard games left," said Cole, "but this is a pretty good start."

No. 9 McDonogh 2, No. 10 Friends 0: Heather Warnken and Pyllis Byrd scored unassisted first-half goals to lead the host Eagles (4-3-1, 1-2-1) over the Quakers (3-2-1, 0-1) in an AIS A Division Homer League game yesterday.

Pub Date: 10/02/97

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