Spalding's Kelly gives Bryn Mawr hex the boot

Her goal hands Cavaliers 1st win over Mawrtians, 1-0

Field hockey

September 18, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Erin Kelly did what no other Archbishop Spalding field hockey team had ever done.

Kelly, a sophomore forward, beat third-ranked Bryn Mawr yesterday, scoring the only goal to lift the visiting and unranked Cavaliers.

The victory was Archbishop Spalding's first against the Mawrtians, who are traditionally one of the top programs in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference.

"Over the last couple of years, we have worked hard to improve our program," Cavaliers coach Leslee Brady said. "Last year, we proved that we could play with the Bryn Mawrs and the Roland Parks, but we always came up short."

The Mawrtians and Archibishop Spalding - which improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference - battled through a scoreless first half yesterday. Cavaliers junior defender Mo Brady was credited with a stick save that could have given Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, Archbishop Spalding was awarded a penalty corner. After the initial shot was unsuccessful, junior forward Abby Gallagher collected the rebound and crossed the ball to Kelly.

Kelly, alone on the left side of the circle, pushed the ball into the net with 16:53 left in the game.

"There were a lot of people in the way, but I got it through," said Kelly, who called it the biggest goal of her two-year career.

After Kelly's goal, the Cavaliers' defense of senior sweeper Erin Brady and junior backs Mo Brady, Mary Kate Connolly and Amy Konrad shut off Bryn Mawr's attack.

Mawrtians coach Jeanette Budzik had nothing but praise for the Cavaliers.

"Spalding played well - take nothing away from them," said Budzik, whose team fell to 3-1-1 and 0-1. "We're not hanging our heads."

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