Seton Keough finishes fast to tie No. 3 Severn

3 goals in final 1:47 bring No. 9 Gators even at 9-9

April 24, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

In winning 10 of its previous 11 games, Seton Keough's ninth-ranked girls lacrosse team had usually gotten off to a quick start. Yesterday, however, the Gators needed a big finish to pull off a 9-9 tie with No. 3 Severn.

Kerry Shea, Megan Carver and Ashley Jones scored in the final 1:47 as the Gators recovered from a 9-6 deficit in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game at Seton Keough. The IAAM does not play overtime.

The Admirals (9-1-2, 7-1-2) were ahead for 36:15 of the 50-minute game and led by as much as 5-1 at halftime. But a big second half - three straight goals to start it and three straight goals to finish it - pulled the Gators (9-3-2, 6-2-2) even.

With 6:42 to go in the game, the Gators, whose only lead was by 1-0, were within 7-6 after Kelly McGrath's goal, but the Admirals then delivered what seemed to be the finishing touch on back-to-back goals within 56 seconds.

Bretton Bathras scored, followed by Ally Frank's conversion of a Jess Adam pass to move the Admirals out front 9-6 with 3:48 left.

But goals can come quickly in lacrosse, especially for the team that controls the draw. The Gators proved that by winning the next three draws.

Shea and Carver scored their goals on free-position shots, pulling within 9-8 with 22 seconds remaining.

With six seconds left, Jenny Martin drew two defenders and spotted Jones open in the arc for the tying goal.

"Someone went in to double, and that left the other girl open," said Admirals defender Sarah Meisenberg. "When the girl went in, everyone collapsed on her like we were supposed to. It was a really good pass, and she got the ball off and scored."

Jones recognized her advantage right away.

"I saw one of the girls in the center pull out, so I cut through and I was just hollering, `Jenny, Jenny. Give me the ball,' " said Jones, a sophomore. "I thought I had missed it, but I caught it and I shot it."

For Seton Keough, Shea turned in a terrific defensive performance, holding Severn's top player, Adam, without a goal.

But Adam made up for it by dishing out six assists, including two each to her sister Anastasia Adam and Frank, who scored three each.

Shea also scored three goals as did Carver, and Gators goalie Kathy Parker made eight saves.

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