NDP avoids yielding third goal in final minute, takes 10-9 win Severn rally ends 5 yards short of crease with .13 left

March 21, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

One check made the difference between No. 2-ranked Notre Dame Prep opening its season with a win yesterday and opening with a tie.

With 13 seconds left and NDP leading No. 7 Severn by one goal, the Pirates' All-Metro defense wing Kate Kaiser checked the ball away on the Admirals' final chance to tie, preserving a 10-9 victory in an Association of Independent Schools A Division non-league.

Severn's Jen Hartman was racing to goal when Kaiser checked the ball out of her crosse about 5 yards in front of the crease.

The host Admirals, who had fallen behind 10-4 midway through the half, already had scored twice in the final minute. They pulled within one when Carol Pricket fed Jen Smith with 34 seconds to go.

NDP's Molly Cangemi won the final draw, but the Pirates turned the ball over in midfield and Hartman scooped up the ground ball. An NDP foul gave her a free position about 20 yards out, and on the whistle, Hartman broke for goal.

"There was a girl behind me, and I was waiting for her [Hartman] to pass the ball," said Kaiser, "because the girl was in the center. But then I saw the look on her face, and I knew she was going to goal."

After Kaiser's check, neither team could control the loose ball on the wet field as time ran out.

The Pirates rolled up their 10-4 lead by scoring six goals to open the second half. They moved the ball better than in the rain-drenched first half.

Cangemi scored one of her game-high three goals in the run. Wick Stanwick, Lauren Aumiller, Carrie Chasney, Katie Lashinger and Colleen Morris also scored.

But the Admirals, who posted a strong first half behind excellent draw control and eight saves from Kim Blouin, staged a comeback.

After Jen Smith scored on a free position with 10: 21 to go, Ryan Smith provided a spark by picking off NDP goalie Mary Beth LaVerghetta's clear. Two quick passes later, Alison Mitchell scored.

After Pricket's free-position goal made it 10-7 with 3: 35 left, LaVerghetta came up with a couple of big saves to stall the Admirals' rally. By the time Hartman rolled the crease to pull within 10-8, only 59 seconds remained.

Pub Date: 3/21/98

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