Roland Park keeps title, 3-2

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Scoring hasn't been a problem for Roland Park's No. 8 field hockey team this season, so when St. Mary's tied yesterday's game late in the first half, the Reds simply kicked in their offense.

Anna Scanlan and Daniella Faust scored goals within a minute of each other to put the Reds back on top for good as they went on to beat the Saints, 3-2, on the turf at Villa Julie College's Owings Mills campus for their second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship and their third in four years.

"All season, we've just really had an attacking force," said Reds forward Brittany Kalkstein. "We have so much drive on our forward line, a really fast forward line and every game, we just pound it. Everyone on the forward line has that momentum and drive."

While Kalkstein led the Reds with 20 goals this season, she did not score yesterday. Teammate Laura Keenan scored the first goal five minutes into the game.

After Liz Carpenter tied it for St. Mary's with 5:24 to go in the half, Annie Morrison connected with Scanlan on a textbook corner play. A minute later, Saints goalie Liz Ross played a ball on the right side of the circle that seemed ready to carry out, but Faust got there, too, and pushed the ball back into the cage, giving the Reds a 3-1 lead.

While offense carried the early going for the Reds (14-4-3), defense would make the lead hold up. The Saints generated much more offense in the second half. With 11:04 left in the game, they scored on a perfect corner play of their own as Carpenter fed Erin O'Donovan for a long drive.

The Saints had three more penalty corners in the half. They missed one shot wide, had another saved by Reds goalie Kiley Gray and a third blocked by Scanlan.

With a two-goal lead at the half, the Reds changed their defensive formation to use four backs - Scanlan, Barb Seaman, Cate Goytisolo and Mallory Twist - instead of three. The strategy worked against the speedy Saints.

"The turf changes so much," said Seaman. "It's good for the offense, but it stinks for defense, because you're not used to how fast the ball comes. We did a really good job keeping marked up."

While the Reds stood at the top of the conference standings all season, St. Mary's had won only five games going into the tournament and was seeded seventh. The Saints (7-10-2) knocked off No. 4 Archbishop Spalding in the quarterfinals and beat Bryn Mawr in the semifinals to reach the title game for the first time.

"We wanted to show that we deserved to be here, and I think we did," said Saints coach Ann Andrews. "Roland Park clearly is a great team and ... this proves that we are, too. I'm really proud of them."

B Conference -- No. 13 Maryvale and John Carroll shared the championship after 94 minutes of scoreless hockey that included four seven-on-seven overtime periods. The Lions (19-2-1) outshot John Carroll 17-6, but tough defense from Sarah Snyder, Aurora Szoka and Audrey McGuirk and 13 saves from goalie Cortney Carnaggio held them off. Maryvale's defense, led by Ashley Manocheh, Amanda Aumiller and Mary Lenoir, held the Patriots to five shots. Goalie Kate Quick stopped three.

C Conference -- In its first year as a varsity program, Mercy battled top-seeded Lutheran to a 0-0 tie in quadruple overtime for a share of the title. The Saints, who beat Mercy twice during the regular season, outshot the Magic 17-12.

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