Bryn Mawr upends No. 8 McDonogh, 9-5

No. 15 Mawrtians control possession battle, winning seven of first eight draws

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 16, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

In winning its first nine games, McDonogh's girls lacrosse team had dominated possession and used it to score an average of 10.3 goals per game.

Yesterday, the No. 8 Eagles ran into a No. 15 Bryn Mawr team that played the possession game better.

The host Mawrtians controlled draws, won ground balls and countered the Eagles' pressure defense en route to a 9-5 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland nonconference game.

"I think we came in really overconfident," said Eagles first-year coach Chris Robinson, whose team fell to 9-1. "We've had a lot of winning ... but mentally, Bryn Mawr was more prepared. They won seven of the first eight draws. That set the tone for the game."

The Mawrtians (5-4) broke away with a four-goal run to take a 5-2 lead into halftime. After Kim Dubansky brought the Eagles within 5-3 just after the break, Courtney Burd, Faye Crosswhite and Jordy Kirr scored consecutive goals to stretch the lead to 8-3 with 14:55 left.

Bryn Mawr's defense, anchored by Valerie Sherry, Katie Mazer, Kaley Zaharris and goalie Amanda Rosenberg (seven saves), held the Eagles, who were without top scorer Brittany Mallory, to just one goal in 29 minutes through the middle of the game.

"We focused a lot on communication," Sherry said. "We knew with a team like that with their attacking skills, we needed to talk in order to get the slides."

On the attacking end, the Mawrtians faced a new-look Eagles defense as Robinson brought the same all-over-the-field pressure defense he used to win five state titles in six years as Mount Hebron's head coach.

Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel prepared her team for that pressure.

As a result, when they drew double teams, the Mawrtians hit a lot of open players. They had six assisted goals, including four by Stephanie Coyne.

After Cat Weiss drew a double team and found Kirr for her third goal and a 9-5 lead with 6:10 left, the Mawrtians controlled most of the remaining possession and moved the ball well.

McDonogh, however, managed four shots in the final five minutes, but Rosenberg saved two and two sailed wide.

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