Rol. Park uses time wisely, tops Broadneck

No. 3 Reds maintain lead, poise to hand first loss to 4th-ranked Bruins, 9-6

Girls Lacrosse Showdown

April 22, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Grab a lead early and then grab the ball and keep it. Yesterday, the plan worked wonders for the Roland Park girls lacrosse team.

The No. 3 Reds got four goals from senior attack Lindsay Higgins, 12 saves from junior goalie Ellen Cameron and were a little quicker and smarter with the ball than the No. 4 Broadneck Bruins, coming away with a 9-6 win at the Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field.

Enjoying the tough test outside of their demanding Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference schedule, the Reds (9-1-1) handed the Bruins their first setback after five straight wins.

"This was a lot of fun for the girls, playing a nonleague game against a great team like Broadneck," said Roland Park coach Sarah Morse. "We felt a lot of pressure - they're ranked and came in undefeated so it was a great challenge for us."

The Reds scored four of the last five goals of the first half - Higgins scoring with 58 seconds left to provide a 6-3 halftime lead. Winning draws, grabbing loose balls and taking care of the ball helped them maintain the lead for the second half.

The closest the Bruins got was 8-6 when junior Allie Johnson (four goals) followed her own shot with 5:54 left, but Roland Park senior Sara Zorzi scored on a free position with just under four minutes to play for the final margin.

"Their defense was strong and collapsed quickly on us, but our attack was seeing each other well," said Higgins. "Our transition looked good; our defense played well and Ellen has been a strong point."

A few weeks ago, Cameron took over for senior starter Ashley Thompson, who broke her thumb. Yesterday, most of Cameron's work came early.

With the game tied at 2, she turned away chances from Sonia Poerio and Ali Flury just before the Reds' attack started its roll. Eight of her 12 saves came in the first 25 minutes.

"Ellen is really coming on since she took over for Ashley. The two have different styles and the girls are getting used to her and she's done a great job," said Morse.

The Bruins, who will play host to Severna Park tomorrow and South River on Friday, will take yesterday's experience as a positive one to build on and prepare for the county tests.

"We needed this type of intense pressure to get us ready. We didn't take care of the ball very well, and Roland Park has such tremendous skills that you can't allow that," said Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall.

Meg Ferguson added two goals for Roland Park.

Flury had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who also got eight saves from goalie Melissa Puzak.

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