Reds end Mawrtians' streak, 2-0 No. 1 Roland Park breaks 16-game unscored-on run

Field hockey

October 23, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Roland Park's Stasia Thomas had no doubt that Bryn Mawr's 16-game unscored-upon streak would end yesterday. She just didn't know that she would be the one to end it.

Thomas's goal with 4: 30 left in the first half sparked the No. 1-ranked Reds to a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Bryn Mawr in a battle of previously-unbeaten neighborhood rivals. Elizabeth Ryan's second-half goal sealed the win as the Reds (17-0-1) remain the area's only unbeaten field hockey team.

Surrounded by more hoopla than most championships, the game drew a near capacity crowd to Roland Park to watch the Reds retain, for another year, the pedestalled silver bowl presented to the winner since the first meeting in 1924. (Actually, this is the second trophy. The first ran out of engraving space in 1959.)

Yesterday, the Reds stole the defensive spotlight from the Mawrtians (12-1-2) as backs Meghan Kelly, Kelsey Twist and Alex Thomas did not allow Bryn Mawr a shot. Reds goalie Gretchen Crook touched the ball only once.

But Stasia Thomas' goal is the one that will be remembered for snapping one of the most impressive streaks in Association of Independent Schools history.

The Mawrtians last allowed a goal on Nov. 6, 1997, in a 2-1 AIS A Division tournament semifinal victory over Severn. Four days later, the streak began with the AIS title game, a 1-0 double-overtime win over St. Paul's.

It lasted until Thomas scored out of a scuffle in front of the cage after Mawrtians goalie Katie Coyne repelled a drive by Betsy Gaines through the circle. Off the rebound, Kristin Sudina drove the ball toward Thomas, who deflected it off a defender's stick into the cage.

"That was awesome," said Thomas, whose team has scored 59 goals this season. "I knew before the game that we were going to score. You have to have that kind of confidence, or else you're not going to do it. So we came out here knowing we were going to score, and that's what we did."

The Mawrtians were obviously deflated by the goal but only for a few seconds. After that, the defense of Kelly Noon, Amy Price, Laura Birx, Courtney Shay and Coyne played as aggressively as ever.

"It was sort of a shock for the first 10 seconds," said Birx, "and then we really did step it up. I'm really proud of us for that."

Despite their optimistic attitude on attack, the Reds had plenty of respect for the Mawrtians defense.

"They had every position blocked up, and they talked really well," said Stasia Thomas. "You had to catch them off guard. Our goal was so fast. Kristin nailed the ball, and you just have to react."

The Reds' second goal came on a nearly identical play. Kelly drove a free hit from the top of the circle right to Coyne's pads and Ryan punched in the rebound.

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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