Roland Pk. overruns Severn Admirals fall, 16-6, after Reds rush out to 10-1 lead

March 26, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Erin McInnes from Lauren Miller.

That's one combination Severn School probably won't miss seeing again.

McInnes scored seven times and had one assist and Miller added seven assists and two goals yesterday as No. 3-ranked Roland Park rolled over the seventh-ranked Admirals, 16-6, in an Association of Independent Schools A Division matchup.

"Lauren and I have been working together for a long time, so our connections are good," said McInness, who began the game by converting two straight passes from Miller. "Our whole team is great this year. We all work together, and we all connect really well. We put a lot of team effort out on the field, and I think it really showed today."

The Reds (7-0), who had won six games in an early-season tournament in San Diego, appeared in midseason form from the outset. After Emily Rodriguez cut the lead to 2-1 for Severn, Roland Park's high-powered offense kicked in, scoring eight straight goals to take a 10-1 lead.

During the run, Roland Park junior Betsy Gaines (two goals, two assists) was hit in the forehead and left the game, albeit temporarily, to ice down the lump that was forming.

Junior Carrie Staines and senior Jen Hartman found the net for Severn (0-1) in the final minute of the first half to make it a 10-3 ballgame.

"I knew this was going to be a pretty tough game, because they upset us last year, and when we were up 10-1, I didn't want us to let down at all," said Roland Park coach Tara Kramer. "Being competitive in nature, I don't think the girls ever forget that. I'm sure they had it [last year's loss] in the back of their heads, but we really just tried to go out and play Roland Park ball. They did that very well."

Any thoughts Severn had of coming out and jumping on the Reds dissipated when McInnes ran in and scored an unassisted goal 58 seconds into the second half.

The Admirals did manage to string together two goals, but the unassisted goals by Severn seniors Ryan Smith and Jenny Smith were answered with a four-goal run by the Reds.

Roland Park's goalie, sophomore Meghan McInnes, passed her first local test, making five saves, including two from very close range.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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