Roland Park has final say in 13-12 victory over Bryn Mawr

Twist's goal breaks tie

Frew's pass knockdown preserves Reds' win

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

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

With the rapid-fire pace of yesterday's girls lacrosse game between No. 3 Bryn Mawr and No. 4 Roland Park, the neighborhood rivals seemed destined, from early on, for a last-minute decision.

With 13.3 seconds left, Roland Park's Allison Higgins found Kelsey Twist open on the crease for the game-winner and a 13-12 Reds victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference non-league showdown.

Higgins had a couple of open players to choose from in front of the goal, but she went to Twist, who made the quick shot for her sixth goal of the game.

"I knew if we went to an isolation play, their defense would come right away," said Higgins, who had scored three goals. "That would leave open players and that's what it did. Kelsey was wide open for the pass and she got the goal."

The host Reds (15-1) needed one more bit of heroics to seal their victory over the defending A Conference champs. With about six seconds left on the clock, Molly Frew knocked down a pass from Sarah Sanborn intended for Molly Gilbert all alone in the arc.

Although neither team led by more than two goals after an initial 3-0 Reds lead evaporated, Roland Park had to score four of the last five goals to win.

The Mawrtians (15-2-2) took the only two-goal lead of the second half when Olachi Opara followed up a couple of Megan Burker goals for an 11-9 Bryn Mawr lead with 7:52 left. After a misdirected Reds pass from inside the arc rolled across the restraining line, Opara scooped up the ground ball and ran straight to goal.

But, in a half in which the two teams combined for 16 goals on 18 shots, the Reds quickly rallied behind free-position goals from Twist and Higgins to tie at 11 with 4:30 to go. Opara again had the answer, taking a high pass from Burker and nailing it in a high corner.

Higgins, however, needed just 17 seconds to tie the game for the seventh time, weaving through traffic to find a low corner.

The key to the Reds' late-game momentum was their ability to control the draw. After Bryn Mawr took its 11-9 lead, the Reds controlled the last six draws of the game.

Despite the blistering offensive display, neither team's defense played poorly. Both teams' attacks just seemed unstoppable.

"It's the end of the season and there's a chemistry there that makes offense look easy when it's not," said Sanborn, who had two goals and an assist.

The inability of either team to get too far ahead also fed the fire, said Reds coach Tara Kramer.

"When you feel that sense of urgency and that deep drive to win a game, if you go hard - and both teams were going hard back and forth - that's pretty hard to stop," said Kramer. "It just seemed like it was a battle out there."

The Mawrtians got four goals and an assist from Burker and two of each from Elizabeth Pinney.

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