Bryn Mawr bounces out with 11-6 win

Mawrtians top Glenelg, on to Liberty tourney final

April 21, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

With an early six-goal lead, the No. 4 Bryn Mawr girls lacrosse team appeared ready to cruise to victory yesterday at the Liberty Tournament in Eldersburg, but No. 13 Glenelg made the second half a whole lot more interesting.

Four straight Glenelg goals cut the Mawrtians' lead to two by the middle of the second half, but the Gladiators could not hold onto the momentum. The Mawrtians reeled off the last three goals, including two from Elizabeth Pinney, who finished with seven points, to take an 11-6 victory.

In today's 1 p.m. title game, the defending champion Mawrtians (12-0-2) will meet No. 7 Liberty, a 10-6 winner over No. 11 Hereford. Glenelg (5-1-1) will play Hereford in the 11 a.m. consolation.

After the Mawrtians opened up leads of 5-0 and 7-1, the Gladiators began chipping away. Lindsay Lewis scored the final goal of the first half - the first of four straight Glenelg goals - to pull within 8-3.

Only a terrific 10-save performance from goalie Heather Young kept the Gladiators in the game, because the Mawrtians outshot them 19-7 in the half.

Erin Edell opened the second half with a free-position goal; Katie Nicol scored on a feed from Lewis; and Edell added another eight-meter score to pull the Gladiators within 8-6 with 15:50 remaining.

But Pinney, who contributed five goals and two assists, cut across in front of the goal and shot inside the far post to end the Gladiators' run and give the Mawrtians a 9-6 lead with 14:35 to go.

Just 26 seconds later, Molly Gilbert spotted Sarah Sullivan open on the crease and hit her for a 10-6 edge. Pinney later slipped a triple team to net the final goal.

"Our team just works really well together," Pinney said. "Every single player has the ability to produce when it's needed, and when they came within two, we really stepped it up as a team."

In the nightcap, Liberty trailed Hereford 6-5 less than five minutes after the half, but the host team rallied with the last five goals of the game.

Becky Trumbo fed Kelly Fiorani and then scored two straight goals for an 8-6 edge with 13:35 to go. Fiorani then added her fourth goal and Linda Ackerman polished off the scoring with a free-position goal.

Early in the game, the Bulls (6-1) dominated possession, especially off the draw as they rolled up a 4-1 lead on nearly identical back-to-back goals from Mary Beth Ardolino off feeds from Lauren Carls.

But Liberty won the last four draws of the half, helping them rally to a 4-4 tie at the break. The Lions (6-1) dominated possession in the second half, especially after breaking the tie.

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