Roland Park, Bryn Mawr warm up with wins Field hockey

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

Top-ranked Roland Park and No. 3 Bryn Mawr each won yesterday to remain undefeated, adding extra intensity to tomorrow's showdown between the neighborhood rivals.

"We try to take each game as it comes, but there's always added incentive with Bryn Mawr, especially now that it comes down to two unbeaten teams," said Reds senior defender Meghan Kelly. "We both have really good teams this year, but we could both have horrible teams and it would be just as competitive."

Both teams were in top form for their tuneups for tomorrow's 4 p.m. showdown at Roland Park.

Allison Higgins scored three goals to lead the host Reds (16-0-1, 5-0 league) to a 3-1 victory over No. 6 St. Paul's (8-3-2, 2-1-1) in an Association of Independent Schools A Division Homer League game.

At Bryn Mawr, Miles Whitman scored the only goal to lift the Mawrtians (12-0-2, 4-0) to a 1-0 victory over No. 8 Garrison Forest (5-1-4, 0-1-3) in an A Division Appleby League game.

While the Reds have the better record and the No. 1 ranking, the Mawrtians have the most impressive streak running -- they have not allowed a goal all season.

The Mawrtians' shutout streak stands at 15 including last year's A Division tournament championship victory.

"It's pretty impressive that nobody has scored on them," said Garrison coach Micul Ann Morse. "They're an excellent team. They make it so hard for you to play the ball. You have to work really hard to get the ball down field, so that you've used up a lot of your steam getting there."

The Mawrtians midfield of Carey Fetting-Smith, Sarah Sanborn, Jen Ahn and Lee Wheeler kept most of the action between the 25-yard lines. Goalie Katie Coyne made two saves and Fetting-Smith rushed out to upset both of the Grizzlies' second-half corners.

Whitman's goal, the Mawrtians 35th of the season, came after a penalty corner with 14: 15 left in game. After the Grizzlies upset the initial corner play, the Mawrtians made a second rush. When Ginna Novak's shot was deflected by a defender's stick, Whitman tapped it in.

While the Mawrtians have the area's stingiest defense, the Reds boast the most prolific attack. The Reds have scored 57 goals this season while allowing just seven.

Yesterday, Higgins scored the game-winner four minutes into the second half. She redirected Ashley Zink's cross to break a 1-1 tie.

The Gators' Paola Sardi had tied the game on a pass from Jenny Landsman with 4: 30 left in the first half. Higgins' first goal came on a corner feed from Betsy Gaines 11 minutes before halftime.

Pub Date: 10/21/98

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