Pirates prevail in 2 OTs, 12-11

Eisenhut shot wins for NDP after 2 Bryn Mawr rallies

AIS lacrosse tournaments

May 09, 1999|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Mary Carol Eisenhut jumped in the air with both arms raised high. Colleen Morris and Kate Laschinger ran to her first, before the rest of the Notre Dame Prep players on the field piled around her.

That picture of Eisenhut, a sophomore and one of Notre Dame Prep's many unheralded players, symbolized what the fourth-ranked Pirates became yesterday -- champions.

They did it by capturing the Association of Independent Schools A Division title with a 12-11 win in double overtime over No. 2 Bryn Mawr at Towson University.

Eisenhut's game-winning goal with eight seconds left in the second overtime not only gave the Pirates (14-1-1) their second championship in four years, it avenged their only loss, 13-6, to Bryn Mawr.

Notre Dame Prep didn't back down after losing a four-goal lead early in the second half. Twice the Pirates fended off rallies by the Mawrtians, who forced overtime by tying the game 10-10 with 2: 11 left in regulation, then knotted it again at 11-11 on Miles Whitman's goal at 2: 08 of the second overtime.

"I had the shot and just took it," Eisenhut said. "I really didn't think about time or what I could do wrong. I just did what I know how to do."

Eisenhut had only Bryn Mawr goalkeeper, Amy Price, to beat on a breakaway set up on a terrific clear by the Pirates' defense.

"They just got a breakthrough," Price said. "I could see our defense hustling back. They were one step ahead of us in the end."

Eisenhut's heroics weren't the only reason the Pirates won. Lauren Aumiller had a goal and four assists, three take-aways, and won the majority of NDP's 14 draws. And Wick Stanwick had three first-half goals.

"Wick and I both knew we had to step it up, being seniors," Aumiller said. "The first time we played them, they killed us, but we learned throughout the season that we have to be able to come back if we wanted to be champions."

Said Notre Dame Prep coach Mary Bartel, "It's been wonderful to watch them evolve throughout the season, and any time there's been an obstacle, they've been able to overcome it. And time and again in pressure situations, Mary has done a great job for us."

The Pirates had their largest lead, 9-5, after Eisenhut scored off a pass from Laschinger with 16: 59 left in the second half. But the Mawrtians (16-2-1) chipped away, twice pulling within two goals before consecutive goals by Sarah Sanborn and Whitman in the final 6: 15 tied the game at 10.

"I really felt we were tired at the end," said Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kriedel. "We had to fight to come back, and that was extra energy that Notre Dame didn't have to use."

Aumiller won the draw to start the first overtime period and quickly fed Lauren Keller for a goal that put Notre Dame Prep in front, 11-10, with 2: 49 remaining.

Spalding wins B title

Katie Mannix's fifth goal of the game with 30 seconds left lifted Archbishop Spalding yesterday to the AIS B Division title over Park, 7-6, less than a minute after referees disallowed a Park goal on an illegal stick call.

The Cavaliers (11-9-1), who lost in last year's final, also avenged a 14-6, regular-season loss to Park.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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