NDP, in week's 5th game, wins Mt. de Sales tourney

Pirates top Sailors, 9-6, also topple Maryvale

April 18, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After suffering significant losses to graduation, Notre Dame Prep started this season with a question mark on defense.

As the No. 4-ranked Pirates showed again yesterday in the finals of the Mount de Sales Friendship Tournament, they seem to have found the answer.

Notre Dame Prep held the host Sailors to three shots in the first half and without a goal for a mid-game stretch of 18: 44 en route to a 9-6 non-conference win.

The win came hours after the Pirates posted a 9-7 first-round victory over No. 15 Maryvale.

"We're stepping up defensively. I've been pleased with our progress," said NDP coach Mary Bartell. "We obviously had a lot of work to do, and we've done a good job. We've worked hard and endured."

Trailing 2-0 after goals by the Sailors' Liz Holland and Gail Decker in the first 6: 12, Notre Dame Prep (9-1) took command of the game, scoring nine of the next 10 goals in 23 minutes.

Pirates midfielder Lauren Aumiller, who will play for the University of Virginia next season, won eight of 10 draws during the stretch, and teammates Wick Stanwick and Carrie Chasney each scored twice.

Playing their fifth game of the week -- including one each against Roland Park and Mercy and two against Maryvale -- the Pirates may have come out a little tired, said Stanwick. After falling behind early, however, she said their defense provided the necessary "pick-me up."

"We were double-teaming in the midfield and just slowing the ball down, which is something we've been having trouble with," said Stanwick, a senior who will play next season at Georgetown.

Down by six goals, however, Mount de Sales (10-8) -- which earlier in the day defeated Archbishop Spalding, 7-5 -- attempted to mount a comeback. Decker scored the final three of her game-high four goals in a span of 3: 37 to cut the lead to 9-6 with nine minutes left.

That, however, was where the run ended, as the Pirates successfully exhausted the clock.

"I knew we had the ability to play with them, but we had too many turnovers," said Sailors coach Mary Gagnon. "You can't make a great defensive stand and then come back in the midfield and turn it over. You can't give NDP two and three chances. That's the difference between the three goals.

"They're a little bit more polished, but we're not far behind," she said.

In the consolation, Maryvale got two goals and an assist from attack wing Katie Devlin and seven goals from others to edge Spalding, 9-8. Katie Mannix had four goals and Caroline Petrovick three for the Cavaliers.

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