Roland Park upends No. 3 Bryn Mawr, 2-0

No. 8 Reds avenge losing twice to Mawrtians in '00

High Schools

Field Hockey

October 07, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

In the field hockey rivalry between Roland Park and Bryn Mawr that dates back more than 75 years, history is important - especially recent history.

"There is a sense of history, but it's our own history," said Reds senior Kinsey Morrison. "We wanted to avenge our [two] losses to Bryn Mawr last year, so we were only looking back to that."

That was far enough.

Caroline Grumbine scored two first-half goals yesterday and the No. 8 Reds held off waves of second-half offense from the No. 3 Mawrtians to preserve a 2-0 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference non-league game.

"We just came out with fire," said Grumbine. "We were so excited to play this game on our centennial weekend."

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Roland Park Country School and the 100th year of field hockey in the United States, the game was surrounded by even more hoopla than the usual school-wide fervor on both sides. More than 200 people turned out.

The Reds not only earned neighborhood bragging rights for the year, but they took possession of the third edition traveling trophy - a silver bowl on a pedestal engraved with each year's winner since 1960. There are two previous bowls, covering 1924-1941 and 1942-1959.

Last season, the Reds (3-3-1) twice lost by 1-0 to the Mawrtiains (5-3-2) - the regular-season showdown and the IAAM championship game. Yesterday, they were determined to turn that around.

On the first shot of the game just over five minutes in, Grumbine redirected a long pass from Meghan Ferguson. Mawrtians keeper Karrie Moore was caught on the near post as Grumbine sent the sharp pass rolling into the far corner.

The junior forward scored again with 3:37 to go before halftime. On a breakaway, Cassie Harvey sent the ball into the circle where Grumbine was waiting.

"They were almost the same play," said Grumbine. "Our wing carried it down and crossed it over. I got positioned and deflected them both in."

The Mawrtians rebounded after a slow first half with five penalty corners in the first eight minutes of the second. They managed three good shots but could not connect on any of them.

Morrison made a stick save on a high shot from Alex Thomas and goalie Shannon Burke saved an Olachi Opara shot. Another Opara attempt sailed wide.

The Mawrtians weren't finished as they rolled up nine penalty corners and outshot the Reds, 6-1 in the half. Still, they couldn't break through.

Reds goalie Molly Baker, who relieved Burke for the final 10 minutes, made three saves, including one on a deflection by Megan Burker with 9:05 left.

Despite outshooting the Reds, 7-5 in the game, the Mawrtians were shut out for the third time in a week, having fallen to St. Mary's bt 1-0 and tied Friends, 0-0.

"Every team has its ups and downs," said Burker. "It's still midseason, so I'm not worried. Roland Park has good finishers and they play well in the circle. We've been getting better and we're waiting to get to those `on' days."

Mawrtians coach Jeanette Budzik, whose team returns just three starters, said her team is still rebuilding its offense.

"We have a young forward line and we're working on team dynamics. We're working on finishing and that will be one of the next things to come," said Budzik. "I'm very pleased with how hard they played the whole game."

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