Kirk, Roland Park stymie NDP

Roland Park 13 Notre Dame Prep 3

Girls lacrosse


Roland Park goalie Chelsea Kirk got hot early yesterday and never cooled down.

In the first six minutes against host Notre Dame Prep, the senior made three saves, including a point-blank stop while backpedaling into the crease, to set the tone for her team's victory.

Kirk finished with 11 saves to lead the No. 12 Reds over No. 9 Notre Dame Prep, 13-3, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

Cate Goytisolo gave the Reds a 1-0 lead on Roland Park's second shot less than two minutes into the game. Then Kirk went to work. Her third save came after she had scooped up a ground ball and run about 15 yards, but the Blazers then lost possession. Still, Kirk recovered in time to reach the edge of the crease and get her stick in front of Molly Ford's high shot from about five yards out.

Even though Kirk then gave up two goals, the Reds seemed inspired by her effort and didn't let the Blazers' spurt bother them. The Reds reeled off the next 10 goals.

After Caitlyn McFadden and Kelsie Bozel gave NDP the 2-1 lead midway through the half, Kirk and the Reds' defense then shut out NDP for the next 33:23.

"That one time I came out and I had the stuff ... I think that really lifts the morale of the team up," Kirk said, "especially when they see the defense working as a unit. That lifts the offense up and it just carries down the field."

Kirk made another point-blank save early in the second half against McFadden. That and two other stops in the first four minutes kept the Blazers from building any momentum to rally from a 6-2 halftime deficit.

"As a goalie, you have a lot of power to turn the tide and make a difference," NDP coach Mary Bartel said. "She did that and they did it up and down the field. It wasn't just her."

In addition to the defense led by Kirk, Patty Kelly and Abbie Mitchell, the Reds also initiated a lot of offense from center Brittany Kalkstein's ability to control the draw. The Reds won 11 of 18 draws and Kalkstein controlled nine of them.

A balanced Reds attack with three goals from Miller Hughes and two each from Goytisolo, Kalkstein and Barb Seaman gave the Blazers' defense more than it could handle as the Reds outshot NDP 32-19.

The Blazers (4-4, 4-4) didn't help themselves by turning the ball over 18 times. Even though Roland Park (7-1, 7-1) had 20 turnovers, the Reds proved more effective at recovering possession and finishing their shots.

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