Roland Park ties Severn as Nolan beats clock

Goal with 5 seconds left tops No. 3 Reds' rally, 6-6

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 25, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Severn shut down Roland Park's high-powered offense with a simple strategy. The patient Admirals controlled the ball by playing keep-away for much of the game.

But the girls lacrosse game went on five seconds too long for host Severn.

Alex Nolan used a quick move to score from right in front with five seconds left to give No. 3 Roland Park a come-from-behind, 6-6 tie with No. 5 Severn in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game yesterday.

Severn (11-0-3, 8-0-3) didn't want Roland Park to turn the game into a track meet, so it relied heavily on ball control. The Admirals were calm enough to hold the ball for several minutes at a time and never allowed the Reds to get any offensive rhythm.

"When we have the ball, they don't," Severn's Schuyler Sutton said. "We've been working really hard on that."

The Admirals used that strategy to jump to a 4-0 lead with 8:49 left in the first half. Sutton (three goals, two assists) kept making big plays, including a one-on-one move that provided a goal and gave Severn a 5-2 lead with 21:35 left.

But Roland Park (10-1-2, 8-0-2) finally began to run a little after that. After a goal by Caroline Grumbine sliced the lead to two, Nolan (three goals) cut it to 5-4 on a free-position shot with 11:40 left. Sara Zorzi then tied it with 9:27 remaining on another free-position shot.

Meanwhile, the stellar goaltending of Roland Park's Ellen Cameron kept the Reds close. She made eight of her 18 saves in the second half, often on point-blank shots, and repeatedly frustrated the Admirals.

"The [number of shots] kept me in the game," Cameron said. "Our defense is very good. They can force a lot of bad shots."

But Sutton made an alert play to help Severn take a 6-5 lead with 7:16 remaining. She checked the ball out of Cameron's stick when the goalie came away from the goal, and fed Claire Bowersox, who put the ball into the empty net.

The Admirals then got possession and held the ball for most of the next six minutes before turning it over with about 40 seconds left. Zorzi missed on a chance to tie about 10 seconds later, and Severn gained possession moments after that.

But Roland Park got a huge break when the officials ruled that the Admirals made a pass to a player who was out of bounds and gave the Reds the ball behind the goal.

Katie Atkins started the play with a pass to Nolan behind the goal. Nolan cut right to the front and fired a high shot past Severn goalie Regan Bosche (five saves) with five seconds left.

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