Roland Park upends Annapolis

Sheridan saves the day in 13-9 upset

Mt. Hebron rolls over N. Dame Prep

Girls Lacrosse Showdown

High Schools

April 17, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

showdown between No. 2 Annapolis and No. 6 Roland Park proved to be a tale of two goalies.

Early on, Annapolis keeper Cammie Jurkowsky kept the Panthers in the lead with several sensational saves, but in the end, Reds goalie Anne Sheridan saved the day. Sheridan made 11 saves as the Reds downed Annapolis, 13-9, at the 5th Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Towson University's Minnegan Stadium.

In the Showdown's other girls game, No. 1 Mount Hebron handled No. 10 Notre Dame Prep, 20-7, behind five goals and one assist each from Stephanie Scurachio and Kristen Waagbo.

But the Reds (9-1) and the Panthers (7-1) staged a rematch of last season's 9-9 tie that featured great goalie performances against two of the area's more prolific offenses.

Sheridan stopped six tough shots in the second half with perhaps the biggest save coming after the Reds rallied with four goals in a little over four minutes to pull ahead 11-7. After giving up a goal to Michelle DeChant, the Reds senior made a point-blank snare against Acacia Walker that kept the Panthers from building any momentum.

"Anne really did keep us in the game," said Reds attacker Alex Thomas. "They had a lot of one-on- one shots on her that she got. She had some high saves that were fabulous."

Sheridan's counterpart, Jurkowsky, made some equally terrific saves early in the game, but she didn't get the defensive support that Sheridan did, especially in the second half from Sarah Scalia, Molly Frew, Kelsey Twist, Cassie Harvey and Meg Ferguson.

Allison Higgins' goal six seconds before halftime gave the Reds a huge boost, tying the game at 6-6 after the Panthers had bolted to an early 4-1 lead. The spark carried into the second half as Thomas scored in just 11 seconds. Walker answered on a feed from Sarah Oliphant, who finished with three goals and three assists.

The Reds then strung together goals by Kinsey Morrison, Twist, Sarah Passano and Ferguson to take the lead for good at 11-7 with 16:38 left.

"We left them open on the crease as they cut through," said Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes, "and that gave them some real easy shots. It makes it real tough for the goalkeeper when somebody's two meters out and wide open.

In the early girls game, Mount Hebron seized the opportunity to rebound from Thursday's 9-9 tie at then-No. 5 Bryn Mawr. That tie snapped a 54-game win streak.

"It was so frustrating coming off of a tie," said Scurachio, "so we were ready to play. We were definitely pumped."

The Vikings (5-0-1) wasted no time proving just how ready they were. Winning the first three draws, they took a 3-0 lead in little more than three minutes. Melissa McCarthy, Waagbo and Chrissy Nicolaus all scored before the Blazers (3-4) managed to get the ball into their half of the field.

Throughout the game, the Vikings dominated possession, winning most of the draws (16-13) and ground balls (25-7) and preventing the Blazers from striking in transition.

Marissa Gianerini gave the Blazers a moment of hope when she batted in a pass from Hollis Pica to pull within 3-1, but the Vikings answered with five goals in less than seven minutes.

The Blazers managed a brief spurt late in the half, scoring three goals in the final 3:51 to pull within 11-5, but Scurachio scored 17 seconds into the second half to start an eight-goal run that pushed the lead to a 19-5.

Vikings coach Chris Robinson said yesterday's display marked a complete turnaround from Thursday's tie, which he said felt like a loss to his team.

We've had some lackadaisical warmups and maybe some trouble focusing. These kids have never lost, so motivation sometimes has to come from within. Today the kids got psyched up. They really came ready to play. I think that was more resolve to redeem themselves from last week," said Robinson.

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