Bryn Mawr, St. Paul's don't mind sharing

Two are co-champions when two OTs end 0-0

IAAM A field hockey

November 11, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

There were hugs all around after No. 3 Bryn Mawr and No. 4 St. Paul's battled to a 0-0, double-overtime tie for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference field hockey championship yesterday at Garrison Forest School.

Sure, both teams would have preferred to win the game, but neither was all that disappointed about sharing the title.

"To us, it's a win. We went out as champions," said St. Paul's senior Allison Schindler. "I think everyone, in their hearts, really wanted to beat Bryn Mawr and they're a tough team. But it's a win and we're all just trying to be thankful that it was a win. Of course, we'll take co-champions any day over losing."

For the Gators, who have reached the final in five of the last seven years, the title is their first since 1996. Bryn Mawr has won five straight crowns - two of them shared - tying Roland Park's mark set between 1989 and 1993 in the Association of Independent Schools.

Yesterday, the postgame festivities seemed one big mutual-admiration party. No gripes. No excuses. Just giving credit where it was due.

"St. Paul's is a team that I don't mind tying," said Mawrtians goalie Karrie Moore. "I would rather win, but this isn't so bad because I know that they're a great team."

The Mawrtians (13-3-5) can thank Moore for keeping them in the game. The senior keeper finished with 11 saves, including three in the second overtime period.

Both seven-minute, seven-on-seven overtime periods were almost all St. Paul's. Immediately in the first overtime, Moore faced a two-on-one break. With Claire Edelen and Carrie Thieman bearing down on her, she came out to play the ball before Thieman could get her shot off.

In the second overtime, Bryn Mawr's Julia Perciasepe made a stick save on a Megan Del Monte shot. Moore then blocked an attempt by Schindler attempt off the following corner.

With 1:35 left, Moore had the perfect position to stop another Del Monte shot. On a long, hard pass from Schindler that bounced at Del Monte, the freshman managed to connect with the ball waist high and deflect it toward the goal, but Moore was there to block the shot.

"Karrie did an awesome job in goal," said St. Paul's All-Metro midfielder Molly Ahearn. "She was the difference in us not winning the game."

On the other hand, the Gators' field defense kept the Mawrtians at bay. Thanks to the effort led by Schindler, Danica Strutt and Alexandra Eagan, Gators goalie Elizabeth Jordan had to make only one save - none in overtime.

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