NDP ousts champ Roland Park, 11-5

Pirates get Bryn Mawr in tomorrow's title game

AIS lacrosse tournaments

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

Giving up a goal in the first minute didn't upset Notre Dame Prep goalie Rachel Zeller yesterday. It made her more determined.

During the next 14 minutes, Zeller made four saves, snatched several ground balls and intercepted a ball without allowing a goal.

That stand set the tone for the No. 4-ranked Pirates' 11-5 victory over defending champ and No. 3 Roland Park in an Association of Independent Schools A Division semifinal.

Zeller finished with 12 saves, but her early performance seemed to knock the Reds shooters off balance for much of the game.

"Rachel came up huge," said Wick Stanwick, who led the Pirates with three goals and two assists. "It's always huge when your defense makes a great play. She was stopping balls left and right -- great shots, one-on-ones. That makes the offense want to come up huge."

The Pirates (13-1-1) finished off the game with eight unanswered goals after Betsy Gaines gave the host Reds a 5-3 lead on the first shot of the second half.

NDP will face No. 2 Bryn Mawr in the 2 p.m. championship tomorrow at Towson University. The Mawrtians beat No. 7 St. Mary's, 11-7, in the other semifinal.

"We handled [NDP] pretty well," said Mawrtians coach Wendy Kridel of her team's 13-6 victory over the Pirates in March. "It was early in the season, and I think they thought it was a bit of a fluke, so we're going to have to play well."

During the regular season, the Pirates tied Roland Park, 11-11. The Reds (14-2-2) came from behind to force the tie, but they could not rally yesterday.

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

At the same time, NDP's attack blew the game open, scoring eight goals on 10 second-half shots.

Katie Laschinger scored the game winner on Aumiller's feed from behind the goal with 16: 24 left, but three more goals in the next seven minutes all but slammed the door on Roland Park.

Cary Chasney scored back-to-back -- first, on a tough-angle shot from halfway around the left side of the crease and then off a loose ball in front with 11: 23 left.

After Zeller snuffed Kelsey Twist on a drive down the middle, Stanwick converted by rolling the crease for a 9-5 lead with 9: 40 to go.

At Bryn Mawr, the Mawrtians attack went to work in the first half, building a 7-4 lead, and then junior goalie Amy Price saved her best for the second half.

Price made three three straight saves on the Saints first possession of the second half to help maintain the three-goal lead. She finished with eight, six in the second half.

Kridel was pleased with the entire defensive effort in the second half with Theresa Sherry and Elizabeth Knight providing Price with plenty of help.

"We played well defensively and made it difficult for them to get off shots," said Kridel. "And what can you say about Amy? She's a great goalie who played a great game."

St. Mary's (11-8) twice pulled to within two goals later in the half, but Bryn Mawr (15-1-1) was always able to answer with Meredith Goodell (three goals, one assist) leading a balanced offense.

After the Saints cut the lead to 8-6 with 6: 45 left, Goodell's consecutive goals put the game away.

Elizabeth Martin scored two goals and added an assist; Tara Hardiman scored once and assisted on three others.

The Mawrtians, who dominated the draws and possession time in the first half, scored five straight after the Saints led early, 1-0.

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., however, proved to be too big a task.

AIS B Division

Park defeated the Institute of Notre Dame, 12-2, getting two goals and three assists from Hannah Robbins. The Bruins (15-3) meet Archbishop Spalding, a 13-5 winner over Glenelg Country, for the title at noon tomorrow.

Pub Date: 5/07/99

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