No. 2 Maryvale, No. 4 NDP break even, 6-6

NDP gives up leads of 2-0 and 6-5 before tying league opener

High Schools

Girls lacrosse

March 28, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Second-ranked Maryvale and No. 4 Notre Dame Prep staged a game of hurry-up and catch-up yesterday.

Neither team held a lead for long and neither had an edge at the end, leaving a 6-6 tie on the scoreboard as time expired on their Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Sinclair League girls lacrosse opener. Both teams have 1-0-1 overall records.

On its home field, NDP took the biggest lead of the game, 2-0, but the Lions wiped that out in less than four minutes. After the 2-2 tie, the two teams jostled their way to ties at 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Maryvale played catch-up last after Coco Stanwick scored her third goal of the game on an 8-meter shot to put the Blazers up 6-5 with 2:21 left.

The Lions' Casey Hazel took a pass from Emily Vitrano and raced across the goal, shooting the ball over goalie Alex Peraino with 50 seconds left to tie the score for the last time.

The Lions had a chance to win with 20 seconds to go, but Katie Sullivan's pass to Katie Chrest, coming around from behind the crease, was off the mark. The ball sailed over the goal and the hustling Peraino won possession.

"We panicked," Chrest said. "We need to learn the definition of patience and perform it on the field."

Maryvale's 5-4 lead held up longer than any other lead -- 11 minutes, 10 seconds -- but the Lions' inability to add another goal despite a barrage of six shots in 2 1/2 minutes was perhaps the critical point in the game.

Peraino made two of her six second-half saves in that stretch, and the strong defense of Anne Barthelme, Rachel Wallick, Emily Rosen, Jamie Hanssen and Kim Scheiner shut out the Lions during a flurry of activity around the crease, beginning with 10 minutes left on the clock.

"They definitely played a really tough `D' on us, but we weren't running the offense the way we've practiced all year. It became really obvious right about then. It's really frustrating because we know what to do, but for some reason we're just not doing it," said Chrest, whose team had 16 turnovers and five yellow cards for dangerous play.

After Chrest put a shot right in Peraino's crosse, the NDP goalie set off a series of passes that ended in a transition goal as Alli Nuzzi fed Carli Vogler. That tied the score at 5-5 with 7:14 left.

Yesterday's game marked a rematch of last season's IAAM tournament semifinal game, won by the Blazers, 10-9. The win catapulted them to the championship and sent the Lions home with their first loss after a 15-0 start.

Stanwick said last season's big finish provides only minimal momentum for this team.

"Every day, we've got to go out there and prove ourselves. We've made a lot of improvements. Maryvale played a great game, and we're just happy to be able to keep up with them."

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