Roland Park races past Severn, 10-5

Six-goal burst in 1st half decisive for No. 6 Reds

Girls lacrosse

April 06, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It seemed so easy as Severn raced downfield on the game's first possession and sophomore attack Schuyler Sutton fired one in the net to give the Admirals a quick lead over Roland Park.

The next 24 minutes of the first half were not as easy for the No. 12 Admirals (5-2), as the visitors scored six unanswered goals on the way to a 10-5 victory.

"They scored a couple on us and our defense lost a little bit of confidence and a little bit of poise," said Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos, whose Admirals slipped to 1-1 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland. "Once you do that against a team of this caliber, they're going to take advantage."

That's exactly what the No. 6 Reds (4-1, 1-0) did with their superior passing, stick-handling and on-field communication, the result of their senior-dominant team.

Stanford-bound midfielder Kelsey Twist tied the game 1-1 at the 21:37 mark. Less than a minute later, Sarah Passano gave the Reds the lead for good, fueling their impressive transition game.

Twist made it 3-1 with the second of her game-high four goals, Alex Thomas (three goals, one assist) followed with a pair, then Alex Nolan scored for the commanding halftime lead.

"I thought our defense really stepped it up today and set the tone," said Roland Park coach Tara Kramer. "After letting that first one in, they said, `This isn't going to happen all game.' They did a nice job of sparking our team."

Among the standout Reds defenders who frustrated the Severn attack were Sara Scalia, Molly Frew and goalkeeper Anne Sheridan (eight saves).

In the second half, Severn once again scored the first goal, as Princeton-bound Lindsey Biles made it 6-2 with less than two minutes gone.

Thomas and Kinsey Morrison answered for the Reds in rapid fashion to push the lead back to 8-2 before Alexis O'Meara took a feed from Jen Gens to make it 8-3 with 13:30 remaining.

Suddenly the Admirals had some hope, but Twist shattered the optimism by firing in her final two goals for a 10-3 lead.

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