Seeing is believing for Bryn Mawr, 13-6

Roland Park falls to No. 2 for 2nd time this season

IAAM lacrosse championships

High Schools

May 14, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The Bryn Mawr players saw themselves winning yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls lacrosse championship even before they did."We've done of a lot of visualization stuff to see us winning," said midfielder Lee Wheeler, "so when we walked on the field, we were ready to play. We were really confident."

That was half the battle.

The other half was using that confidence to run up a big lead early on Roland Park. Bryn Mawr scored six straight goals through the middle of the first half to deal the Reds a blow they could not recovered from.

With yesterday's 13-6 victory at Towson University, the No.2 Mawrtians (20-1) completed the season unbeaten against IAAM opponents. They lost only to No.1 Mount Hebron. The Mawrtians were the only team to beat the No.4 Reds (12-2-2).

The first contest between the neighborhood rivals was a close one, a 6-4 victory for Bryn Mawr, but yesterday's game was close for about 15minutes.

The Reds scored the first goal exactly a minute into the game when Alex Thomas fed Sarah Passano, but the Mawrtians shut them down for the next 19:46.

Meanwhile, the Mawrtians dominated possession and cranked in six goals on nine shots.

Meredith Goodell scored the first one, spinning off a defender at the eight-meter arc and whipping in a low shot. A little over a minute later she added another goal, taking a pass from Tara Hardiman and switching hands to hit a high shot.

Miles Whitman, who finished with four goals and two assists, then rolled off her defender to slip in a low skimmer from about six meters out. Elizabeth Pinney added the Mawrtians' fourth goal less than five minutes later on a low bouncer with 15:21 left in the first half.

Whitman fed Hardiman and then converted a pass from Sarah Sanborn for back-to-back transition goals and a 6-1 lead with 10:07 until halftime."We were just so focussed on this game," said Goodell, one of 12 Bryn Mawr seniors. "We really came together as a team. We've been on and off a lot, but in this game we really jelled, we really relied on each other."

The Reds managed a mini-rally to end the half on goals from Kelsey Twist and Mary McCeney, but they could not sustain the momentum through the half. A goal from Katie Coyne and two more by the speedy Whitman pushed the Mawrtians' lead back to 9-3 with 19:12 to go.

Only in the final five minutes would the Reds get closer. McCeney scored consecutive goals to trim the margin to 11-6, but Hardiman and Olachi Opara converted transition goals to finish off the game for the Mawrtians."When we did get the ball on good defensive plays, we'd lose it in the midfield a lot," said Reds midfielder McCeney, "and they were capitalizing off their man-up situations. It felt like every time they had possession on attack, they would score."

B Conference

Park 13, Seton Keough 9: The Bruins (8-8-2) used a 7-1 second-half run to crack open a close game and capture the IAAM B Conference championship.

Kristin Hogan scored two of her five goals in the run and Eloise Grose added another pair as the Bruins (8-8-2) cracked open a 6-6 game and ran up a 13-7 lead in less than 10minutes. Rebecca Sandler contributed four goals and two assists for the Bruins, while goalie Emily Ries had 10 saves.

The Gators (12-4-1), who had beaten Park twice during the season, got three goals from Kerry O'Connell as they completed an emotionally draining season. The tournament was dedicated to the memory of their coach Flo Bell, a long-time local women's sports coach, official and activist, who died suddenly last month at the age of 72.

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