No. 3 Roland Park tunes up by topping Towson, 12-6

Four Reds score twice

Severna Park holds off Saints in `Showdown', 8-7

May 02, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For No. 3-ranked Roland Park, it was a playoff tune-up. For No. 9 Towson, it was a round-about confidence builder.

Despite the 12-6 score in favor of the Reds, yesterday's opening game of the Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field had no losers.

Led by Whitney Jamison, Elizabeth Ryan, Allison Higgins and Kristen Sloan, who each scored two goals, the heavily-favored Reds (13-1-2) jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first 27: 32 and outshot the Generals 24-15 for the game.

To Reds coach Tara Kramer, whose team begins play in the Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament Tuesday vs. tomorrow's Friends-St. Paul's winner, the win was a welcomed follow-up to Thursday's 8-8 tie with Bryn Mawr.

"This was a nice preview game to have building toward our tournament," said Kramer, whose team's only loss this season was by a goal to Mount Hebron.

Towson (7-3), led by senior Katie Dolan's three goals, as well as its defense, kept the score closer than many had expected.

The Generals stayed even with the Reds in draws and matching them goal-for-goal over the final 21 minutes.

"I think if we take away a couple of our turnovers, it's a different game," said Towson coach Jill Altshuler, whose team enters the regional playoffs in two weeks.

"I told them that every player on Roland Park is outstanding. Now, no matter who we play, we know we've played Roland Park, and that takes us up a notch."

In the other Showdown matchup, No. 6 Severna Park held off No. 7 St. Mary's, 8-7, in what has become an annual game between Anne Arundel County powers.

Severna Park built an 8-4 lead but had to survive a late rally that saw the Saints cut the lead to one with a pair of goals in the final 2: 03.

Led by attacker Jess Gaither, seven players scored for the Falcons (11-1), who have won two straight since suffering their lone loss of the season Tuesday at Annapolis.

The win also avenged last year's one-goal loss to St. Mary's.

"It's a big game," said Gaither. "I think we look forward to it every year, because it's one of the teams that gives us the most competition."

Leading 5-4 late in the first half, Severna Park pulled away with consecutive goals by Gaither and Erin Shaklee to end the first half, then another by Gaither to open the second, extending the lead to 8-4 with 24: 40 left.

The score stayed that way until the waning minutes, when the Saints rallied on goals by Kate Hardesty with 8: 18 left and Kelly Moran and Lindsey Ringle, both in the final 2: 03, to cut the lead to one.

Though St. Mary's did get the ball back with a chance to tie in the final minute, time ran out.

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