Colacicco figures big in 5-3 win by S. River

Her three goals, assist leave Southern behind

May 16, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

On a day otherwise dominated by defense, South River senior Carolyn Colacicco was plenty offensive.

Colacicco's three goals and one assist came at all the right times for the No. 9-ranked Seahawks girls in their 5-3 playoff victory over county rival Southern yesterday.

In winning the second-round Class 1A-2A East game, South River took a big step toward a second straight state playoff appearance.

Colacicco got help up front from senior Eryn Belt, who finished with a goal and an assist, and a swarming defense led by seniors Meghan Murphy and Angie Beckett contained the Bulldogs' transition game.

"Southern gave us a great game. They played with a lot of emotion, but our girls were ready," said South River coach Steve Barry. "All the seniors stepped up for us today. We're well-balanced and don't have any one star."

Colacicco got as close to being one as possible, though.

With the score 1-1 midway through the first half, she finished on a free-position chance. With five minutes left in the half, Colacicco fed Julie Herring cutting through the middle for a 3-1 lead.

After Southern reduced South River's lead to 3-2 early in the second half, Colacicco picked up a loose ball behind the cage, worked her way in front, and went high to provide a 4-2 lead.

Her third goal -- off a feed from Belt with 9: 33 left -- pushed South River ahead 5-2.

"We've been working hard on attack, relying on patience, and that showed today. We're playing more of a passing game," said Colacicco.

Belt was quick to give Seahawks defenders credit.

"Meghan [Murphy] and Angie [Beckett] are both physical players, and it all starts with them. We go up against them every day in practice," she said.

Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick said her team's loss came down to execution.

"I thought we hung with them pretty well. We just had a couple bad decisions on passes at critical times," she said. "Our defense held up tough. We just had some unforced errors in transition, making bad passes that didn't connect.

Southern goalie Kim Manas had a strong afternoon with eight saves, keeping the Bulldogs close in the first half.

Glenelg 17, Howard, 2: The Gladiators (11-4) got a season-high five goals from freshman Lindsey Lewis in Class 1A-2A South. Other Howard County games in that bracket:

Hammond 16, Long Reach, 4: Lauren Traber, Monica Serianni and Mandy Schroeder each scored three goals for the Bears (8-5).

No. 1 Mount Hebron 25, Oakland Mills 0.

River Hill 11, Atholton, 9.

South River boys win

South River 10, Southern-AA 6: The host Seahawks (9-5) scored three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to take control of a close game and advance in Class 1A-2A East.

Bob Woody scored five times and added an assist, with Jeff Mullenix providing two goals and five assists.

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