Jumping on Bryn Mawr, Maryvale lands 9-7 win

Lions stay lone unbeaten in IAAM A Conference

Girls lacrosse

High School

April 27, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Second-ranked Maryvale completed its regular-season rise to the top of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference with a 9-7 victory over No. 3 Bryn Mawr yesterday in girls lacrosse.

In less than five minutes, the Lions bolted to a 3-0 lead and increased it to 6-1 by halftime. Katie Chrest's fifth goal ran the margin back to 9-4 with 9:25 left. The Mawrtians came the closest on their final goal, Sarah Sanborn's fourth, with 26 seconds to go.

The Lions (12-0) remain the only unbeaten team in the A Conference after dealing the defending champion Mawrtians (14-1-2) their first loss to an IAAM opponent in nearly two years. The last time Bryn Mawr fell to a conference foe was a double-overtime loss to Notre Dame Prep in the 1999 tournament championship.

No players on this Lions team had ever beaten the Mawrtians.

"It's amazing," said Lions senior Allie Juras, "but we knew our team could do it. Our confidence made all the difference."

The victory also completes a 5-0 Lions run through the Sinclair League, which will give them one of the two top seeds when the tournament begins in less than two weeks. The defending champion Mawrtians dropped to 4-1.

The Lions wasted no time in asserting themselves. Goalie Megan Huether (11 saves) provided an early spark by chasing down a ground ball behind the cage and stopping an Olachi Opara shot in the first two minutes.

The attack responded with goals from Casey Hazel, Chrest and Juras, all in a little more than two minutes.

Chrest added two more goals on precision passes from Katie Sullivan and Juras to pull ahead 5-1 before Sullivan fed Emily Vitrano, who hit a high corner off a back-handed grab.

"They were getting players open inside that were well marked," said Mawrtians coach Wendy Kridel, "so that's a credit to their ability to find not much of a player."

The Mawrtians created better offensive opportunities in the second half when they outshot the Lions 11-9. Elizabeth Pinney's bouncer with 4:55 left cut the Lions' lead to 9-6, but Maryvale won the next draw controlled the ball for most of the next four minutes.

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