No. 2 Maryvale rebounds, 9-4

Motivated by recent loss, Lions rediscover energy against No. 7 Roland Park

Girls lacrosse

April 30, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After an uninspired effort in last week's loss to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, Maryvale's girls lacrosse team realized something had to change before next week's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tournament.

That change showed on the road yesterday as the No. 2 Lions charged out to an early lead and cruised past No. 7 Roland Park, 9-4, in an IAAM A Conference non-league game.

"We brought about 85 percent of our game today, which is good compared to the 40 percent we brought to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes," said Lions senior Katie Chrest. "We just wanted to come out and show, mostly ourselves, what we could do. We're definitely coming out of our shells, starting to realize how good we are just at the right time."

During the 6-4 loss at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes on Thursday in Alexandria, Va., the Lions looked flat and the Saints dominated the loose balls.

Yesterday, the Lions (9-1-1) were all over everything. Maryvale had three goals in the first six minutes -- before the Reds took a single shot. The Lions had a 6-0 lead, with Chrest and Kelly Mulford each contributing two goals in the run, before Meg Ferguson finally put the host Reds (7-6) on the board with 6:35 to go in the first half.

Only a terrific second-half performance by Reds goalie Ashley Thompson kept the game from getting more out of hand: 10 of her 16 saves came after the break. But as she held the Lions at bay for the first eight minutes of the half, the Reds managed just one goal and turned the ball over five times.

Sara Zorzi cut the Lions' lead to 6-2 less than two minutes into the half, but the Reds took only one more shot over the next 12 minutes, which Maryvale goalie Megan Huether saved. The Reds hit just one of their first 10 second-half shots.

"Our attack struggled, in part, because we weren't making the best decisions," said Roland Park coach Tara Kramer. "Maryvale has a very aggressive style so they were certainly solid on defense and Megan Huether is outstanding. She's like having another field player out there."

Huether, the lone bright spot in the St. Stephen's/St. Agnes game, finished with 10 saves yesterday, six in the second half.

After Zorzi's goal, Huether shut out the Reds while Katie Dumais, Katie Sullivan and Katie Shannon boosted Maryvale's lead to 9-2.

Goals by Cassie Harvey and Kinsey Morrison in the final 1:30 trimmed the deficit.

"I know it's cliche, but that loss was good for us," said first-year Lions coach Erin Stewart. Last year, the Lions went into the IAAM tournament with a 15-0 record and fell to Notre Dame Prep in the semifinals.

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