Mawrtians make streak 10 0s in row Notre Dame Prep falls, 2-0, to tough Bryn Mawr

Field hockey

October 02, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Notre Dame Prep took nine shots yesterday at ending No. 3-ranked Bryn Mawr's season-long string of shutouts, but the Mawrtians defense held for the 10th straight time.

Katie Coyne made eight saves, and defenders Amy Price and Kelly Noon led the mop-up crew as the Mawrtians (9-0-1) emerged with a 2-0 victory in an Association of Independent Schools A Division non-league contest.

The No. 8 Pirates (3-2-1) dominated much of the game, outshooting the visitors, 9-3, with an 8-6 edge in penalty corners. In one second-half series, the Pirates took four rapid-fire shots, but Coyne repelled them all.

The junior transfer, who helped Towson to the state Class 2A final four last year, has made outstanding saves in almost every game. On Monday, she stopped a penalty stroke to preserve a 0-0 tie with No. 11 Friends.

Coyne's adjustment to her new teammates, including Noon, who transferred from St. Paul's, and the Mawrtians' acceptance of her have been major factors in their success.

"Our defense is communicating well, and Katie has really taken charge," said Mawrtians coach Jeanette Budzik. "She's guiding everyone about what she wants in the circle. She's always lined up. You can just tell by watching her -- she's got quick reaction time."

Coyne, however, deflects the credit to the defenders in front of her -- Noon, Price, Laura Birx, Sarah Sanborn and Courtney Shay.

"Once that ball comes into the circle, they get this mentality -- it's like they have fire in their veins," Coyne said. "The ball goes out every time."

While the Pirates couldn't push anything past Coyne, Carey Fetting-Smith and Meagan Perry made the most of the few Mawrtians' opportunities.

"That's the kind of team we are," said Coyne. "Once we get the ball down there, we capitalize on it almost every time."

The Mawrtians, defending A Division champs, have now outscored opponents by 32-0.

Yesterday, the Pirates kept the ball almost entirely in their half of the field for the first 15 minutes. Once the Mawrtians rushed the goal, however, Fetting-Smith connected.

After one shot rebounded off NPD goalie Colleen Smyth, Fetting-Smith fired the rebound to the far end of the cage with 11: 25 to go before the half.

The Mawrtians didn't get another shot for 26 minutes when Perry tapped in Jessica McAdams' left-to-right cross on a corner play.

The Pirates threatened several times in the second half, outshooting Bryn Mawr, 7-1.

Coyne saved the flurry of four shots with 15: 35 left. She made another save against Lauren Aumiller with 4: 51 left.

No. 5 St. Paul's 3, No. 14 Severn 1: Alison Polk-Williams had a goal and an assist, and Lauren Dahdah and Jill Haak each scored as the Gators (5-1-1) beat the Admirals (5-3-1) in an AIS A Division non-league game.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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