Bryn Mawr keeps the ball, passes way past NDP, 12-5

Eight Mawrtians score

team dominates 2nd half

Girls lacrosse

March 25, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Bryn Mawr lacrosse coach Wendy Kridel thought her defense had to work too hard in yesterday's fast-paced, up-and-down first half at fourth-ranked Notre Dame Prep. The No. 2 Mawrtians took care of that problem in the second half, controlling the ball about 80 percent of the time.

Using that possession edge and a patient, settled attack, the Mawrtians went on a 7-1 run that carried them to a 12-5 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Sinclair League game.

"That's what I was trying to make happen in the first half," said Kridel. "You don't want your team to have to stay on defense for an extended period of time, because teams will score. It was just trying to get them to play to our pace."

Ahead 5-3 going into the second half, the Mawrtians began boosting that lead right away. Miles Whitman made a nice move coming around the crease to score what turned out to be the game-winner in just 45 seconds.

Interrupted only by a Coco Stanwick goal that cut the lead to 7-4 with 22: 19 to go, the Mawrtians controlled almost the entire second half. They won seven of 10 draws, dominated loose balls, and outshot the Blazers 13-2 before NDP's Hollis Pica scored with 3: 58 left.

The Mawrtians struck on transition a few times, but when they settled their offense, they were nearly impossible to stop.

"They have so much patience," said NDP's Cary Chasney, "and they waited for the right pass. Our defense stuck with them, and a few times we'd get the ball, but they just made some pinpoint passes that we couldn't stop."

Eight Martians scored. Whitman had four goals, Lee Wheeler two. Theresa Sherry, Elizabeth Pinney, Meredith Goodell, Jen Ahn, Katie Coyne and Tara Hardiman all had single goals.

"Our passing game is definitely one of our strengths," said Whitman. "We really try to utilize everyone on the field, because we know everyone on the field has so much to contribute. And that made the difference -- working the ball around and just being smart with it."

Experience was a big edge for the Mawrtians over the Blazers, who nipped Bryn Mawr, 12-11, in overtime for the Association of Independent Schools title last season but graduated some key players.

Still, the Blazers (0-1) started strong. Free-position goals from Stanwick and Chasney kept them close early. After the Mawrtians scored three straight in the middle of the first half, Lauren Keller cut the lead to 5-3 on a transition goal nine seconds before half.

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