N.D. Prep bottles up Roland Park in 10-3 romp

No. 1 holds No. 2 Reds scoreless until 8:00 left

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

March 30, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

At halftime of yesterday's girls lacrosse showdown between No. 1 Notre Dame Prep and No. 2 Roland Park, NDP coach Mary Bartel took a look at the scoreboard and saw her team leading 7-0. She called over to her scorekeeper, "Is that score right?"

It was.

In an exceptional display for so early in the season, the host Blazers held Roland Park scoreless until the final eight minutes en route to a 10-3 romp in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

Defensively, the Blazers (3-0 overall and in the conference) gave the Reds (2-1) little room to work, swarming them in the arc and hounding them all over the field. As a result, the Reds turned the ball over 26 times.

"We didn't take care of the ball," said Reds attacker Wendy Blue. "We were making careless errors. We're young, so we're still trying to get there, but we will."

Roland Park managed just four shots in the first half and Notre Dame Prep led 8-0 before the Reds got on the board.

"They have a lot of strong attackers and our defense was prepared for their one-on-ones," said All-Metro defender Jamie Hanssen. "The communication just came together today, the double teams were right on and we played with intensity the whole game."

Hanssen, Brooke Rhodey and Molly Kane led the defensive effort, making life easy for goalie Caitlin Formby (two saves). Formby, however, helped set the tone for the game when she made a nice save on Blue's shot about three minutes into the game.

The Blazers, who had eight players score, were off and running early as Charlene Morin scored two of her three goals in transition in the first four minutes.

A big boost for the Blazers came later in the half when three goals in less than three minutes lifted the lead to 6-0. Allie Stack bounced in a shot, Lauren Cannon fed Becky Lillemoe and then Lillemoe found Hanssen rolling off a screen with 7:50 left in the half.

"That was a key run for us," said Lillemoe, "because it gave us the momentum before halftime and it allowed us to slow down a little more in the second half."

The Reds finally got on the board when Barbara Seaman turned a loose ball into a goal with 7:52 left in the game.

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