Spalding teamwork shuts out B. Mawr

`D' stops No. 2 Mawrtians, puts No. 12 Cavaliers at 4-0

Field hockey

September 13, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

When asked who scored the last-minute insurance goal that sent the No. 12 Archbishop Spalding field hockey team to a 2-0 victory over No. 2 Bryn Mawr yesterday in Severn, a happy group of Cavaliers responded with the same puzzled look.

For the record, it was senior Abby Gallagher who got the credit, but there were three different sticks in front of the Bryn Mawr cage, so they wanted it declared a team goal.

Team goal? No. Team win? A definite yes.

Junior wing Caitlin Swift finished off a well-executed penalty corner midway through the second half and then the Cavaliers' defense - with Amy Konrad everywhere inside the penalty circle and goalie Amanda Phillips turning aside two point-blank shots - took care of the rest before Gallagher's finishing touch.

The Cavaliers improved to 4-0.

"This is big for us," said Spalding fifth-year coach Leslee Brady. "Last year was the first win [1-0] for us against Bryn Mawr, but they came back and beat us in the playoffs. So this is big in a sense that we wanted to prove last year wasn't a fluke."

Swift's game-winner came from an adjusted penalty corner.

With the Bryn Mawr's flyer on defense coming out fast on previous penalty corners, Spalding's Erin Kelly pushed a pass all the way over to Jennifer Rowan, who eventually got the ball in front with help from Gallagher. Swift was waiting on the far side and then came the bang from the ball hitting the back of the cage.

"Everybody did their part very well," Swift said. "It's the best sound."

The Mawrtians (1-2), who had five straight penalty corners after trailing, had chances to hear it at their end.

Margaret Yellott first had a shot blocked by Konrad and then had second and third tries get through, but Phillips turned both back with fine saves.

"It just wasn't one person - everyone stepped up and played their part. You just can't let the pressure affect you. You know you have to do your job knowing your teammates will do their jobs," Konrad said. "I remember my first year on junior varsity we lost to them like 13-2 or something - it just shows how far our program has come."

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