Coyne saves Bryn Mawr again, 1-1 Goalie stops penalty stroke, preserves tie with St. Paul's

Field hockey

October 25, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Bryn Mawr's Katie Coyne has faced more penalty strokes this year than any other Association of Independent Schools goalie and that experience paid off yesterday.

Among her five saves in the final nine minutes, Coyne stopped Jenny Landsman's penalty stroke to preserve the No. 3 Mawrtians' 1-1 tie with No. 6 St. Paul's in an AIS A Division non-league game.

This season, Coyne has faced eight penalty strokes and stopped six of them. In an early-season tournament against Bethesda-Chevy Chase, she save four of six strokes in a shootout, including one to preserve the win in sudden death. She also stopped one in a 0-0 tie with No. 7 Friends.

Yesterday, the junior keeper finished with six saves, but she got considerable help from teammates Kelly Noon, Laura Birx and Jen Ahn in a second half in which the visitors outshot the Mawrtians, 6-0.

Defenders Noon and Birx rushed out to upset several Gators penalty corners, but Ahn, who also scored the Mawrtians' goal, made a save on the goal line during the skirmish that led up to the penalty stroke.

"She stopped it with her stick. It was absolutely beautiful," said Coyne. who had stepped out to make the initial save in a series of three shots. After Ahn's save, Coyne recovered to stop a third shot.

"I saw another St. Paul's girl going in, so I dove," said Coyne, who saved the shot with her hand. Although she said the ball was resting against her hand, the official said she was lying on the ball, resulting in the penalty stroke.

Landsman got enough power behind her shot, but she didn't place the ball as close to the right post as she wanted. Coyne reached to her left and batted the ball away.

"The last time I took one, it went too far to the right," said Landsman. "I can nail them every time in practice, but when I get in a game I just get nervous. I was concentrating too much on the goalie instead of where I wanted to shoot it."

Yesterday, both the Mawrtians (12-1-3) and the Gators (8-3-4) were looking to rebound from disappointments in their previous games. Bryn Mawr had its 16-game unscored-upon streak broken in a 2-0 loss at Roland Park on Thursday. The Gators tied B Division John Carroll, 1-1, on Friday.

Each team scored in a fairly even first half. The Mawrtians struck first when Ahn finished off a crossing pass from Miles Whitman seven minutes into the game.

Kiersten Huber tied the game less than two minutes later on the Gators' first shot. On a corner play, she deflected in Hilary Polk-Williams' pass.

Bryn Mawr opened the second half with a corner and finished with a surge toward the goal, but the Gators controlled almost everything in between. The only thing they could not do was finish.

"Their goalie was really good," said Landsman. "I thought we were shooting well, but we have had trouble getting it in the whole season. At least after [Friday] when we played a weak game, it felt really good to come out and dominate this game."

Pub Date: 10/25/98

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