Spalding feeling blue after 4-0 loss to Reds

Flat Cavaliers yield three second-half goals to No. 8 Roland Park

Field hockey

October 25, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Spalding's field hockey team has visions of reaching the top echelon in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference.

But Roland Park reminded the Cavaliers yesterday of just how much further they have to go to get to that level.

The eighth-ranked Reds broke open a close game with three goals in the second half and walloped Spalding, 4-0, in a Homer Division contest in Baltimore yesterday.

The loss was only the third of the season for the Cavaliers (11-3-2 overall and 3-2 division), who appeared listless in what is usually one of their more anticipated games of the season.

"I guess they thought that this was the year to come out and beat Roland Park," said Spalding coach Leslee Brady. "They picked a bad time to be flat."

Brady may have been at a loss for words after watching her team lose every statistical category to the Reds (6-5-3 overall, 3-2-1 division). Roland Park enjoyed a 21-6 advantage in shots and a 7-2 lead in penalty corners.

The Reds controlled the game's tempo, forcing the Cavaliers to make poor outlet passes from their defensive zone and pressuring senior goalie Kristin Schwartzmeyer into making 11 saves.

Roland Park scored its first goal on a penalty corner with 1:20 left in the first half. Senior attack Sarah Scalia started the corner by passing to senior defender Kinsey Morrison, who tapped the ball to junior attack Caroline Grumbine, who drilled a shot into the far right corner for the 1-0 lead.

That goal - only the second time Spalding had allowed an opponent to score first - was an omen, said senior sweeper Erin Brady.

"We thought that the two teams were pretty evenly matched," she said. "It just wasn't clicking for us. We were off our game."

Just 39 seconds into the second half, sophomore attack Erin Kelly gave the Cavaliers their best chance to tie the game with a breakaway, but Burke turned aside her attempt.

With 15:02 left in the half, Reds junior attack Lindsay Higgins collected a loose ball during a scrum in front of the Spalding cage and shot it in for the score.

Three minutes later, Roland Park extended the lead to three when Higgins re-directed a shot from junior midfielder Meghan Ferguson into the left side of the cage. Senior attack Cassie Harvey completed the scoring with a tap-in of a perfect centering pass from Scalia with 9:01 left.

Reds coach Debbie Bloodsworth said she never expected to score four times against the Cavaliers but was pleased to see her squad sustain its effort over a full 60 minutes.

"We've been having trouble putting together two good halves," Bloodsworth said. "We usually have a good half and a poor half, and the poor half kills us. ... It looked better today."

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