Roland Park rebounds, turns back Severn, 8-7

No. 5 Reds score twice in final 5:38 to prevail

April 04, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If the Roland Park girls lacrosse team felt the way Ashley Thompson did, the Reds weren't just inspired before meeting Severn yesterday. They were ticked.

Rebounding from an upset loss Monday to No. 6 Liberty, fifth-ranked Roland Park scored the game's final two goals to nip the visiting No. 14 Admirals, 8-7, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference non-divisional matchup.

For the Reds, who advanced to the IAAM championship finals last season, the victory marked a return to their tradition of winning -- which took a blow when they dropped a 13-10 decision to Liberty in the sixth annual Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown.

"I got angry," said Thompson, a junior goalkeeper who first was upset about the loss and then about giving up four second-half goals that allowed Severn to grab the lead late in the contest. "I had a flashback to [the Liberty] game, and I got fired up."

Trailing for the first time since Admirals senior midfielder Lindsay Wooten scored the game's first goal, Roland Park (3-1) tied the score at 7 when senior midfielder Kinsey Morrison took a pass from sophomore attack Katie Atkins and beat Severn sophomore goalie Regan Bosch with 5:38 left in the contest.

The teams exchanged several turnovers until junior midfielder Sara Zorzi curled around the left post and slung the ball past Bosch with 49.5 seconds left.

"My teammates cleared out, and I was able to run through and have a one-on-one with my player," said Zorzi, who also registered an assist. "I shot it low to high like a riser, and I think it caught the goalie off guard."

The Admirals (4-1-1), whose five-game unbeaten streak ended, never let the Reds run away with the score even when they had a 3-1 lead early in the first half.

Severn sophomore attack Jessica Adam posted two goals and an assist during the rally, and the Admirals regained the advantage at 7-6 for the final time when senior defender Jen Gens split two defenders and bounced a shot past Thompson with 8:08 left.

But Thompson turned away eight Severn shots, including a remarkable save when she dived from the right post to the left side to prevent Gens from converting an open-net goal.

"I don't know if she got a body part or a stick on it," said Reds coach Tara Kramer. "Whatever it was, we needed it. She definitely was the catalyst there."

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