Motivated Liberty stops No. 5 Roland Park, 13-10

Scrivener, Trumbo spur Lions to first win over team ranked that high

Girls lacrosse

April 02, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Whether No. 6 Liberty needed to prove something in yesterday's Sixth Annual Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown was a matter of debate even among the Lions themselves.

If they did, their 13-10 victory over No. 5 Roland Park at Towson University's Minnegan Stadium - their first ever win over a top-five team - certainly silenced any critics who remained despite the Lions' fine track record over the past few years.

"This means a lot," said Lions senior Sarah Scrivener, "because before this game we still felt like we had something to prove. Even though we've had success against ranked teams before, this was really important to us."

FOR THE RECORD - In Tuesday's sports section, the first name of Sara Zorzi, a Roland Park girls lacrosse player, was misspelled in a photo caption. The Sun regrets the error.

Senior teammate Becky Trumbo, however, wondered how many times the Lions have to prove themselves.

"This game does mean a lot to us, but when [Reds coach Tara Kramer] said in the paper that we had something to prove, I thought we proved ourselves a long time ago, against Severna Park in our sophomore year," Trumbo said of the 5-4 four-overtime loss to the Falcons in the state title game. "That [comment] just gave us more motivation."

Regardless of different feelings, Scrivener and Trumbo were in sync on the field, where they each scored three times. Each had a goal - and Lindsay Weiner had two - in a five-goal, first-half spurt that gave the Lions (3-0) the lead for good at 5-2.

The Reds (2-1) cut the deficit to 6-5 when Meg Ferguson converted a turnover, but Lauren Shadoff answered less than a minute later. Susan Ackermann added another Liberty goal with 48 seconds left to run the lead to 8-5 at the half.

Five straight Lions goals opened the second half. The first four, including two from Trumbo, came in less than 3 1/2 minutes as the Lions won all of those draws.

"Draw control was key," said Reds midfielder Kinsey Morrison. "They were getting a lot of those and having fast breaks down the middle. We weren't getting back fast enough.

Meagan Voight gave the Lions a 13-5 lead with 12:51 to go, but that lead wasn't as safe as it seemed.

The Reds came roaring back when Cassie Harvey's free-position goal set off a five-goal run. Caroline Grumbine's second goal, a low skimmer past Lions goalie Kelly Roy, brought the Reds within 13-10 with 3:30 to go.

Roy allowed nothing more. She saved Ferguson's low free-position shot with 1:57 left and then snared a high Ferguson shot with 1:11 left to finish with 14 saves.

The nail-biting continued into the second game as Olachi Oparah's goal 1:17 into sudden-death overtime gave No. 4 Bryn Mawr a 9-8 edge over No. 11 Hereford.

"I was concentrating on not forcing it in," said Oparah, who aimed low left and nailed the shot as she fell onto the turf. "At one point, I saw that there was sort of an iso[lation] going on, and the two defenders that were the help on my defender turned their backs, so I decided to go strong side."

Oparah's fourth goal finished off a comeback for the Mawrtians (3-1), who trailed 7-3 at halftime.

The Bulls (1-1) outshot the Mawrtians 16-8 in the first half and made pinpoint passes and quick shots in the arc. In the second half, the Mawrtians adjusted defensively and shut Hereford down until the final minute.

Jen Redd, who also scored four goals, gave the Mawrtians their first lead since 2-1 when she came from behind the crease and fired home a pass from Megan Burker for an 8-7 edge with 2:20 to go.

Chrissy Rude pulled the Bulls even with a long-range bouncer from just outside the 8-meter arc.

"I had the ball and I figured I couldn't get [a goal] any other way," said Rude. "They played amazing defense."

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