NDP ties No. 5 Severn with :27 to play

Gangler's second goal evens score in 9-9 game

Girls lacrosse

April 16, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Both Notre Dame Prep and visiting Severn had ample opportunity to take control of yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

For the No. 8 Blazers, it came early when they had plenty of time with the ball, but no comfortable lead to show for it. For the No. 5 Admirals, it was midway into the second half when a three-goal splurge provided a rare two-goal lead that didn't hold.

In the end, Notre Dame Prep senior midfielder Alex Gangler helped in the final say, scoring her second goal of the afternoon with 27 seconds remaining to leave both teams settling on a 9-9 tie.

Severn senior Schuyler Sutton finished with five goals and an assist to lead the Admirals (9-0-1, 5-0-1 IAAM A). Notre Dame Prep (5-2-1, 5-2-1) got four goals from junior Becky Lillemoe and a two-goal, two-assist effort from senior Coco Stanwick.

After Sutton gave the Admirals a 9-8 lead with 2:23 left, goalie Regan Bosche (nine saves) turned away Sarah Hackman's point-blank shot from the right side with 1:35 left. But the Blazers got another possession in the final minute and made good when Stanwick found Gangler for the tying goal.

"To their credit, they capitalized on our mistakes in the end. We couldn't maintain possession when we needed to and they found cracks in our defense," said Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos.

The Blazers took a 3-1 lead with 8:15 left in the first half when Stanwick worked her way in front and finished. The lead would have been more, but Bosche got in the way of four other shots. Enter Sutton, who won draws and ground balls, dodged defenders and found the cage three straight times to provide the Admirals with a quick fix and 4-3 halftime lead.

"All the little things add up," she said. "Every now and then, someone has to get things started to get the team pumped up. I just try to do anything to help the team win."

On the other side, Lillemoe was thinking the same way late in the second half. She had the game-changing play with the Blazers down 8-6, getting a takeaway with relentless pressure and eventually turning the possession into her fourth goal off a feed from Yeardley Love with 4:51 left. Stanwick got the game tied at 8 on a free position with 3:42 left.

Notre Dame Prep coach Mary Bartel would have liked to have seen more consecutive goals early, but was pleased with the execution in the final minute that resulted in the tying goal.

"I felt we could have moved to a zone just above the intensity we were at," she said. "We didn't take advantage of some things. I'm thrilled with [Gangler's goal], but that kind of execution has to be there every minute of the game."

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