Rebuilt and improving, Maryvale downs Mercy

Lions open with 6 goals, survive rally to win, 14-9

April 28, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After winning just three of 11 games a season ago, Maryvale showed host Mercy yesterday what a difference a year can make.

The Lions, with a roster full of summer camp and fall ball players, dominated the Magic in the early minutes, building a 6-0 lead en route to a 14-9 win in an Association of Independent Schools, A Division, Sinclair League game.

Following last year's rebuilding season, the Lions are starting to play to their potential, coach Alison Stewart said, adding: "Physically we're there. Mentally, we're just starting to break through."

FOR THE RECORD - Mercy's Kristi Korrow controls the action in Tuesday's game against Maryvale. Korrow was incorrectly identified in a caption in some editions yesterday. The Sun regrets the error.

Maryvale (10-6-1, 4-2-1 division) controlled play for much of the first half, winning draws, catching most passes and scoring six straight goals in the opening 12 minutes.

Junior Katie Nolan led the way, scoring all three of her goals in the first 22: 39. Juniors Kelly Devlin and Kate Killen also had three goals each, and freshman Kelly Mulford added two goals and three assists.

"It was just a matter of winning draws and actually catching our passes," said Stewart. "[The big lead] makes it easier, but you have to keep the reality in the kids' minds that this is a great team we're playing."

Trailing 12-4 early in the second half, Mercy (8-4-1, 1-4-1) began to take command and eventually made a game of it.

The Magic, led by Kristi Korrow (three goals, one assist) and Heather Valunas (two, one), scored five straight goals over the next 12 minutes to cut the deficit to 12-9 with four-plus minutes left.

But that's when the rally ended, because Maryvale's Allie Juras and Killen then scored consecutive goals within 20 seconds to put the game out of reach.

"We can't play tough and hard just in the second half. We need to play consistently in the entire game, and that's what we didn't do," said Mercy coach Joy Lewandowski. "We're a tough second-half team, but for some reason, we chose to play real light and easy in the first half."

For Maryvale, the triumph was just the latest in a season of fulfilled expectations. It's a positive trend for the Lions as they attempt to catch Bryn Mawr and Notre Dame Prep in the division.

"We knew last year was going to be hard, since we had lost nine seniors," said Stewart. "Now, against the teams that we lost to last year, we've really hit the mark. Through what people tell me, a lot of people are talking about Maryvale."

Pub Date: 4/28/99

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