Determined Maryvale cruises, 12-4

Rout of Roland Park gets spot in IAAM A title game

Girls lacrosse

High schools

May 11, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Maryvale remembered - oh so well - how its stellar 2001 season came to an abrupt end in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference semifinal round.

Not this time.

With senior goalkeeper Megan Huether in the way of everything, dynamic individual play in the scoring circle and all the hard work that's needed in between, the No. 2 Lions roared past No. 10 Roland Park with a thorough 12-4 win yesterday in Brooklandville.

The Lions (12-1-1) will meet No. 8 Bryn Mawr 6 p.m. tonight at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field for the title. Roland Park finishes at 8-8.

Senior Katie Chrest, who scored twice and controlled the middle of the field, was laughing when she said the last time Maryvale made it to the championship game was when her coach, Erin Stewart, was a player. But it was no joke.

"Wow! The last time this little school was in the finals was in 1988," said Stewart, who was a junior attacker on the team that beat Roland Park for the crown.

Last season the Lions were 15-0 and feeling good going into their semifinal against eventual champ Notre Dame Prep, but were upset, 10-9.

"We made it to this game last year and lost to NDP -- that was hard," said Huether, who made 13 saves yesterday. "This time, we knew it wasn't guaranteed and we stayed focused."

Leading 6-3 late in the first half, Huether made two point-blank saves before midfielder Casey Hazel (three goals) took a straight path from midfield to the other end to make it 7-3. Kelly Mulford dodged a defender and then added another with 20 seconds left until the break for an 8-3 lead. Huether and a more patient attack kept the Lions in control throughout the second half.

"Megan is a huge comfort back there, our defense is great, the midfield works hard for ground balls and our offense can really finish," said Chrest. "We worked hard from the very first whistle, which is a good sign and a good feeling."

No. 8 Bryn Mawr 10, No. 12 Mount de Sales 9, 2OT: Senior midfielder Olachi Oparah's goal with 1:58 left in the second overtime proved to be the game-winner for Mawrtians in the other IAAM A Conference semifinal.

The host Sailors (13-3-3) were down by three in the second overtime, but crept within one. However, junior Angela Trusty stopped Molly Grace's shot with about 10 seconds left to preserve Bryn Mawr's victory.

The Mawrtians, who trailed nearly the whole way, tied the game at 7 on Margaret Yellott's goal with 2 minutes to go in regulation. Yellott led Bryn Mawr with three goals.

Monica Buck's four goals led the Sailors, who got a 13-save effort from Colleen O'Boyle.

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