Half-right Maryvale wins, 7-6

No. 2 nets 7 1st-half goals, holds on vs. Bryn Mawr

Girls lacrosse

High School

April 18, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

On an afternoon when the Pepsi sign flashed 96 degrees, Maryvale's blistering first-half attack ran up just enough goals to survive late-game fatigue and a Bryn Mawr defense that cooled down the No. 2 Lions in the second half.

The Lions scored all of their goals in the last 16 minutes of the first half yesterday and held on for a 7-6 victory over the No. 6 Mawrtians in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Sinclair League girls lacrosse game.

Trailing 4-1 midway through the half, the visiting Lions took off on a 6-0 run in which they varied the tempo of their offense as well as their means of attack.

Katie Chrest and Kelly Mulford scored unassisted goals in the run, including Chrest's spinner with 13 seconds left that held up for the game-winner. Katie Sullivan scored on a free position shot. Katie Shannon and Emily Vitrano got open in the arc where Laura Nolan and Chrest, respectively, found them for shots in high corners.

"They're very good at cutting defense off," said Mawrtians defender Norris Novak. "Not just the first cutoff - it's watching the second person coming around. It's hard for the defense, when you start to get a little mixed up, to see where everyone is immediately and they see it immediately and shoot."

The Lions (7-0-1, 3-0-1 league), however, could not sustain the momentum in the second half. The Mawrtians (9-3-1, 2-1) tightened their defense and the Lions' attack always seemed to be in a rush. Maryvale shot 0-for-10 in the second half; four shots were on goal, two hit the pipe.

"We lost our patience a little bit," said Nolan, whose team rarely settled its attack in the second half. "Some of our passes didn't go through as they should have."

The Mawrtians started their comeback with Olachi Oparah's bouncer from about eight meters away 2:36 after halftime. They then missed seven shots before Mimi Schatz nailed a free-position goal to pull within 7-6 with 8:02 left.

In between, the Lions staged a couple of strong defensive stands, led by Cherie Michaud and goalie Megan Huether. Huether made two quick point-blank saves against Jenn Redd, who fired her first shot and then grabbed the rebound for a second attempt. Shortly after, Huether deflected Oparah's free-position shot. Michaud then checked Megan Burker on a free-position shot.

Late in the game, the Mawrtians had several chances to attack, but they never managed another shot.

"We had a lot of turnovers in the midfield that cut down on attacking opportunities," Burker said, "and it felt like it was getting crowded in the eight-meter [arc]. We were eager to score a goal, maybe too eager."

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