No. 1 Bryn Mawr trips St. Paul's, 2-1

Not in sharing mood, it grabs A title with late goal

IAAM field hockey

High schools

November 14, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Bryn Mawr dominated yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division field hockey championship right from the beginning, but the Mawrtians did not clinch the victory over No. 4 St. Paul's until the final three minutes of the game.

Meagan Perry scored her second goal, finishing off a cross from Miles Whitman that was deflected by Carey Fetting-Smith with 2: 39 left to give the Mawrtians a 2-1 win and the inaugural IAAM title at Towson University.

Coach Jeanette Budzik's Mawrtians (23-1) have won or shared the private schools title three of the past four years -- tying Roland Park last year and edging St. Paul's three years ago for Association of Independent Schools crowns.

This year, the Mawrtians were determined not to share the title for a second year in a row.

"That was the deciding factor," said midfielder Fetting-Smith. "It gave us the desire to put the ball in at the end. In the huddle [during a St. Paul's timeout with 5: 32 left], Ms. Budzik was telling us everything positive to do and at the end she said, `I want you guys to remember last year.' "

The Mawrtians dominated the first half, keeping the ball in the circle about 80 percent of the time, outshooting the Gators, 9-0, and taking 15 penalty corners, but they could manage just one goal. Perry scored off a pass from Sarah Sanborn less than four minutes into the game.

Their inability to put the Gators (12-3-1) away looked as if it might come back to haunt them when St. Paul's emerged from halftime with a new intensity.

The Gators took five well-placed shots in the first 6: 34 of the half. Terrific efforts by Mawrtians goalie Katie Coyne saved four of them, but Jenny Landsman scored off the fifth. After Coyne saved an Elaine Belitsos shot, Landsman slipped the rebound into the corner beyond the senior keeper's reach.

Once Landsman scored, however, the Mawrtians' defense led by Courtney Shay, Kelly Noon and Amy Price did not allow the Gators another shot.

B Division

Hillary Barnes and Emily Gray scored goals in the last four minutes of the game to lead John Carroll to a 2-0 victory over Glenelg Country School (5-3-3) in the IAAM B Division final. The Patriots (7-3-5) outshot Glenelg, 8-0, in the second half, but did not connect until a rebound off Dragons goalie Teresa Church caromed toward Barnes for the open shot just inside the left post. Gray added her goal on a scuffle in front of the goal with four seconds left.

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