Maryvale plays waiting game, slips past NDP, 8-7

Fourth-ranked Lions slow pace, edge Blazers on Chrest's fourth goal

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 04, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryvale girls lacrosse coach Meghan McLaughlin preached patience all through yesterday's game between her No. 4-ranked Lions and No. 7 Notre Dame Prep.

The lesson took a while to sink in, but the Lions got the message in time to pull out an 8-7 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Sinclair League game.

Stifling a tendency to go for the make-it-or-break-it play, the host Lions (5-0, overall, 2-0 league) used their settled offense to score their last two goals. Katie Chrest scored the game-winner - her fourth goal of the game - on a feed from Allie Juras with 2:30 left in the game.

Cool heads also prevailed as Maryvale maintained possession for the final 1:20 after Lions goalie Megan Huether polished off a fine nine-save effort by blocking Cary Chasney's bid to tie.

"Patience was crucial in the last few minutes and even before that," said McLaughlin. "It wasn't there earlier. Everyone wants to assist and get it in there quickly, but as the clock started winding down, it finally hit them that possession was going to win this game for us."

The lesson hit home right after the Blazers (3-2, 1-1) took their only lead. Chasney put the Blazers ahead 6-5 with 16:27 left, capping off a three-goal run with unassisted effort.

Less than two minutes later, Maryvale's Laura Nolan passed up a free-position shot to set up Juras, who tied the game for the fourth time. With 6:56 to go, Emily Vitrano regained the lead for the Lions.

Hollis Pica answered for the Blazers, tying the game at 7 on a free-position goal with 4:17 left. Chrest won the next draw and the Lions settled their attack, working for the game-winning Juras-to-Chrest combination.

"We knew we had to play with more patience. It meant the game," said Lions attacker Casey Hazel. "One little mistake, one missed pass or missed catch could cost us the game. We just had to settle down and work our plays as best we could."

Early on, the Lions were running and gunning, which gave them a quick 2-0 lead but also resulted in some ill-advised passes and many of their 10 first-half turnovers.

After Chrest and Hazel gave the Lions their early lead, Chasney rallied the Blazers. She fed Coco Stanwick, and then nailed a behind-the-back shot for a 2-2 tie. The teams traded goals until halftime.

Chrest's free-position goal with one second left gave the Lions a 4-3 edge at the break, which Katie Sullivan boosted to 5-3 by netting a loose ball 16 seconds into the second half. A little over a minute later, Chasney sparked NDP's three-goal run with a free-position goal.

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