Another standout performance on offense from Katie Mannix, who saved her best for the final seconds close-the-door goalkeeping with just enough strong defensive support and good news from the referees in the closing minutes.
Archbishop Spalding needed all those things against Park to capture the Association of Independent Schools B Division championship at Towson University yesterday.
Mannix's fifth goal of the game with 30 seconds left was the winner in the Cavaliers' 7-6 triumph, less than a minute after referees disallowed a Park goal on an illegal-stick call.
The Cavaliers (11-9-1) not only won the title but avenged a 14-6 loss to Park in the regular season.
"We had our set plays working and got some big-time defense. And Katie [Mannix] was just fantastic," said Spalding coach Tom Prickett.
Fantastic again, he could have said. For Mannix scored three goals and assisted on five in the Cavaliers' 13-5 semifinal win over Glenelg Country.
So after Kristin Hogan's stick was ruled illegal with 1: 19 left -- erasing what appeared to be a 7-6 Park lead -- it was not surprising that the Cavaliers found Mannix in the final minute.
"I passed it to Meghan Taneyhill and cut through the middle," said Mannix. "She gave me a great pass, and I just shot it. This is really exciting, especially because we made it here last year and lost."
The Cavaliers got a six-save performance from goalie Liz Gallagher in the first half, and then Amy Altig entered the game to start the second half with the game tied 4-4.
Park dominated most of the second half, but Altig got in the way of nearly every shot to finish with seven saves. With the game tied at 6-6 with 7: 05 left, she turned back a shot from Rebecca Sandler on the left side and slid quickly to the right to turn back the rebound from Hannah Robbins.
Hogan was able to sneak one past Altig with 1: 19 left, but the Cavaliers asked for the stick check after timeout was called.
"We've done it several times late in close games and just had one called against us," said Prickett.
After hearing the goal was disallowed, the Cavaliers found new energy and used it properly by getting the ball to Mannix.
Taneyhill finished with a goal and an assist for the Cavaliers, who got strong defense from Susan Tyrell.
For Park, Lisa Miller and Jodi Spector both scored twice, and Marte Meyerhoff added a goal and an assist.
NDP prevails in 2 OTs, takes A Division title
Sophomore Carol Eisenhut's goal with eight seconds left in the second overtime period gave No. 4-ranked Notre Dame Prep a 12-11 win over No. 2 Bryn Mawr for the AIS A Division tourney title at Towson.
"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."
The win gave the Pirates (14-1-1) their second title in four seasons and avenged their only loss, a 13-6 defeat by Bryn Mawr.
Notre Dame Prep didn't back down after losing a four-goal lead early in the second half to Bryn Mawr (16-2-1).
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.
Lauren Aumiller also stood out for NDP, with a goal, four assists, three take-aways, and winning most of her team's 14 draws. Wick Stanwick also scored three first-half goals.
Pub Date: 5/09/99