The way No. 5-ranked Bryn Mawr pushed top-ranked Notre Dame Prep yesterday, it would take a near-perfect finish for the Pirates to emerge with a victory.
But in fact, for the final two minutes, the Pirates were just about flawless. Kate Kaiser and Wick Stanwick scored goals in the final 1: 27 to rally the host Pirates to an 8-7 victory in an Association of Independent Schools A Division Sinclair League game.
Once Meredith Goodell gave the Mawrtians a 7-6 lead with 3: 21 left, the Pirates (8-0, 4-0 Sinclair League) won almost every loose ball and kept the ball in their end of the field for the final two minutes.
"We hate that feeling of being down," said senior Molly Cangemi, whose teammates also came from behind to beat Severn, 10-9, in the season opener. "In my sophomore season, we were down a lot, and we were down in the Severn game, and we just hate it."
Winning the ground balls, which Bryn Mawr had dominated earlier, put the Pirates in position to win the game.
NDP goalie Mary Beth LaVerghetta started it by winning a race to the end line after Kim Smith fired a shot wide with 2: 18 to go. At the other end, Katie Laschinger recovered Lauren Keller's wide shot behind the Mawrtians' goal, sparking the play that resulted in Kaiser's free-position goal.
The Mawrtians (5-1, 2-1) won the ensuing draw, but NDP's Lauren Aumiller checked the ball loose, scarfed up the ground ball and sent a quick pass to Kate Chasney. Chasney raced down the middle and fed Stanwick for the game winner with 1: 13 left.
The Pirates' comeback somewhat overshadowed a terrific performance by the Mawrtians, who dominated the draws and maintained possession for about two-thirds of the game. They took a 1-0 lead and were tied with the Pirates six times.
When the Pirates appeared ready to break away midway through the second half, the Mawrtians answered right back. Cangemi and Cary Chasney scored within 41 seconds to give NDP a 6-4 lead with 10: 29 left, but Smith scored and then fed Tara Hardiman in a 57-second span that tied the game with 6: 35 to go.
However, the Mawrtians, who outshot NDP 27-19, made one costly mistake in the first half, when a defender flipped the ball back to goalie Amy Price and Price, who had just made a nice save, couldn't handle it. The ball rolled in for NDP's third goal.
Despite her team's disappointment, Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel couldn't ask much more of the squad, which includes 10 underclassmen.
"I'm psyched," said Kridel. "They played the game they needed to play to beat this team, but we had some turnovers when I wouldn't have liked to."
No. 2 Roland Park 12, No. 10 St. Paul's 9: Erin McInnes scored five goals and assisted on another to power the Reds (14-0) past the host Gators (1-3) in an AIS A Division non-league game. Micah Cunningham had 32 saves for St. Paul's and teammate Francoise Gordon scored four goals.
Pub Date: 4/09/98