No. 3 Mawrtians teach No. 9 Liberty a lesson

Bryn Mawr execution defeats Lions by 13-6

Girls lacrosse

April 11, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In terms of raw talent, there wasn't an overwhelming difference between No. 3 Bryn Mawr and host No. 9 Liberty yesterday in the feature matchup of the 1999 Liberty Lacrosse Invitational.

In the end, however, the Mawrtians taught the Lions an important lesson: Poise counts.

Bryn Mawr took advantage of numerous dropped passes and missed shots, and midfielder Katie Coyne won 17 of 21 draws in the Mawrtians' 13-6 win.

"We didn't play our game," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn, whose team is dominated by underclassmen. "Fundamentally we didn't play well. We didn't catch it when we were wide open, and we didn't pick the ball up. A good team makes you panic, and our youth showed."

Bryn Mawr (7-1), which earlier in the day defeated Centennial, 15-4, outshot Liberty by only 20-17 but made its scoring opportunities count.

Miles Whitman led the way with four goals, and Meredith Goodell and Tara Hardiman added three goals each, as the Mawrtians took a 7-2 lead in the first 35 minutes.

Facing one of the area's top defenses, Whitman said patience was crucial.

"We knew this was a good team, so we tried to be really patient on offense," said Whitman. "We really wanted to look for the good pass, and we knew ground balls were essential."

After getting a full scouting report on the Lions (4-1) and watching them play earlier in the day, Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel said her team was well prepared.

"The kids knew what to expect from this team as far as their style of play, and they knew which kids were going to be taking the ball to the goal," said Kridel. "They were able to defend that."

Liberty, which also beat Centennial, 14-4, rallied to cut the lead to 9-6 on Jessica Roguski's solo effort with 10 minutes left. But the Lions could get no closer.

Becky Trumbo led them with two goals and an assist.

Vaughn said the experience of playing one of the area's premier teams will be invaluable to her squad come playoff time.

"It's a great loss," said Vaughn. "It's a good learning experience, and I'd do it any day. We learned what it takes to get to the next level."

Other tournament results:

Glenelg 7, Bel Air 6 2OT: The Gladiators blew a three-goal halftime lead, but Erin Edell's second goal of the game, with one minute left in the second overtime, lifted the Gladiators to victory.

Glenelg got three goals from sophomore Kelly O'Connor.

Glenelg 14, Walt Whitman 5: Junior Stephanie Howell scored a career-high five goals and senior Lynsey Caldwell had three goals and two assists in the Gladiators' win

Bel Air 11, Walt Whitman 4.

Pub Date: 4/11/99

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