Mawrtians have answers for Saints

Bryn Mawr dominates St. Mary's, wins 11-7

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May 07, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The St. Mary's attack will remember the flurry.

It came in the opening minutes of the second half of yesterday's Association of Independent Schools A Division semifinal at Bryn Mawr. The No. 7-ranked Saints were down by three and pressing to get closer.

Morgan Thalenberg tried to stuff one in. Kate Hardesty was on the rebound right in front, and a third chance came from a little farther out along the left side. Bryn Mawr junior goalie Amy Price got in front of them all.

The No. 2 Mawrtians had all the answers in the second half, whether they came from Price, a stingy interior defense in front of her or their attack led by Meredith Goodell, always maintaining a safe distance in an 11-7 win.

Bryn Mawr (14-1-1) advanced to tomorrow's championship game against No. 4 Notre Dame Prep, an 11-5 winner over defending champion Roland Park. Game time at Towson University is 2 p.m. In March, Bryn Mawr came away with a 13-6 win over the Pirates in the regular season.

St. Mary's, which started mostly from scratch this season after heavy graduation loss, closed out with an 11-8 mark.

The Saints' bus broke down on its way to Baltimore, delaying the start of the game 30 minutes. The Saints themselves didn't get into full gear until the second half, but they could never recover from their 7-4 halftime deficit.

Five minutes after Price's three-save effort, the Saints pulled within 7-5 on a goal from Lindsey Derringer with 16: 15 left. But the Mawrtians got it back when Goodell (three goals, one assist) found Sarah Sanborn the left of the cage off a free position in front.

At 8-6 with 6: 45 left, Goodell scored consecutive goals to put the game away.

"We started out flat with the big-game excitement. Then we stepped it up in the second half and played well. It was just not enough, but I'm proud of them," said St. Mary's coach Erika Bristow. "This was basically a brand new team with a couple of core players back. We have a lot to work on, but there's nothing we can't improve on."

Lana Smith scored three times for the Saints, who got two more goals from Thalenberg. Price, who finished with eight saves, provided plenty of frustration for the Saints' attack the rest of the way.

"She's very good. It didn't matter where we shot it, she was there," said Bristow.

Smith opened the scoring in the first two minutes to give the Saints their only lead before the Mawrtians, who dominated first-half draws and possession, scored the next five to take control.

With 27 seconds left until the break, Kelly Coppedge finished a free position chance to cut the Bryn Mawr lead to 7-4 and give the Saints something positive to build on for the second half. Price and Co. proved to big a task.

"We made it difficult for them to get off shots," said Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel. "And what can you say about Amy [Price]? She's a great goalie who played a great game."

NDP ousts champ Reds

No. 4-ranked Notre Dame Prep (13-1-1) upset defending champ Roland Park, 11-5, yesterday behind a 12-save performance from goalie Rachel Zeller to advance to tomorrow's AIS A Division championship against Bryn Mawr.

The No. 3 Reds (14-2-2) scored the second half's opening goal after 15 seconds to take a 5-3 lead. But NDP dominated the rest of the way with eight straight goals.

Wick Stanwick scored three goals and added two helpers to lead the Pirates, who last won the AIS A Division crown in 1996. Katie Laschinger scored the game winner on a feed from Lauren Aumiller behind the goal with 16: 24.

Zeller, with help from defenders Meredith Potempa, Tiffany Mazzulli, Mandy Borquin, Bridget Morris, Lauren Keller and Aumiller, shut out the Reds' potent attack for the last 24: 45 of the second half.

AIS B Division

Archbishop Spalding reached the AIS B Division championship game with a 13-5 win over Glenelg Country School yesterday afternoon.

Katie Mannix scored three times and added five assists to lead the Cavaliers, who will meet Park -- 12-2 winners over Institute of Notre Dame in yesterday's other semifinal -- at noon tomorrow at Towson University.

Pub Date: 5/07/99

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