Bryn Mawr scores breakthrough, nipping Severn, 2-1, with : 05 to go No semifinal shootouts this time for Mawrtians

Field hockey

November 07, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Talk to the Byrn Mawr players, and they'll recount the agony of two shootout losses in the Association of Independent Schools A Division semifinals in the past two years.

But in yesterday's semifinal, the Mawrtians ended their playoff misery -- and doing so didn't involve overtime.

Amid a mad scramble in front of the goal with five seconds to play, Jessica McAdam slapped in the game-winner for No. 8-ranked Bryn Mawr, putting the Mawrtians past visiting Severn, 2-1.

Bryn Mawr (13-2-2) will meet defending champion St. Paul's in the AIS A Division championship game tomorrow at Roland Park. Bryn Mawr has won three consecutive games and has seemed to reverse a regular season-ending 1-2-1 skid.

The Admirals (8-7-3), who upset No. 14 Friends in the first round, had their season ended for the second straight year by Bryn Mawr.

"The ball was in the middle of a lot of players, and we just pushed and pushed," McAdam said. "We knew we just had to do it. We wanted to win this game so much."

Falling behind 1-0 midway through the first half, the Mawrtians regrouped at halftime and overwhelmed Severn in the game's final 25 minutes. In the second half, Bryn Mawr outshot the Admirals 10-1, took seven penalty corners, and only allowed Severn to penetrate into its circle once.

"People have said all year that we are a second-half team," Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik said. "We knew our ability to come back and proved that today. These girls are truly fighters."

Severn made several runs at the Mawrtians defense early in the game. The Admirals even went ahead 1-0 just 12 minutes into the game when Lynn Dukette scored on Severn's first shot.

But the Admirals, who lost to Bryn Mawr 4-0 earlier this year, could only manage one more shot.

"Bryn Mawr picked it up in the second half," Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulis said. "I think we were mentally trying to preserve the lead. We made some mistakes and had mental lapses, which will lead to goals."

The Mawrtians' second-half pressure paid off 6 1/2 minutes after halftime as Kim Smith scored her third goal of the playoffs from 5 yards out to tie the game. Bryn Mawr continually crashed the goal, taking five shots over a 10-minute span.

Then, in the closing moments of the game, Laura Birx sent the ball into a crowd, where McAdam poked it past Severn goalkeeper Brenley Jacobs' left side.

"The past two years were heartbreaking," Budzik said. "So when we scored that second goal, I felt really fortunate."

AIS B semifinals

Oldfields 2, Lutheran 1, OT: Junior midfielder Alex Wyman scored the game-winner unassisted four minutes into overtime to lead Oldfields (5-10-2) into tomorrow's noon AIS B Division final against Seton Keough.

Seton Keough 1 (2-0 in shootout), John Carroll 1: Kristy McGraw scored five minutes into the second half for the top-seeded Patriots (4-5-4), but the Gators' (7-11-3) Dominique Parr answered five minutes later to knot the score in regulation.

Allison Thompson and Becky Clark scored the only goals in the shootout round as fourth-seeded Seton Keough advanced.

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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