Reds gain upset over Mawrtians

No. 13 Roland Park 5 No. 4 Bryn Mawr 4

girls lacrosse


April 27, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

The Bryn Mawr and Roland Park players will tell you it doesn't matter which team is ranked higher or has the better record when the neighborhood rivals match up in girls lacrosse.

That was certainly true yesterday as No. 13 Roland Park beat the No. 4 Mawrtians, 5-4, in a defensive match that Courtney Kirk decided with 3:18 left.

"It was awesome," Reds defender Liz Hamilton said of her team's victory in the 75th anniversary of the first girls lacrosse game played between the two schools. "I'm so pumped right now. It was just a team effort. Everyone came out to play. Everyone wanted to win this game."

Good looks at the goal were hard to create on both sides of the field against such defensive intensity.

The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game was tied three times. After the half, Kirk and Miller Hughes gave the host Reds a 4-2 lead, but the Mawrtians' Annie Thomas answered with two free-position goals, the last coming with 7:10 to go.

After Kirk's high shot found an opening for the 5-4 lead, her teammate Laura Simanski won the next draw.

The Reds (8-7, 6-6 conference) turned it over with 1:13 left but got it right back when a Bryn Mawr player stepped out of bounds under pressure.

The Mawrtians forced another turnover with 22.9 seconds to go, but they could not get the ball downfield quickly enough.

Bryn Mawr (13-2, 10-2) had to play without top attacker Jordy Kirr, who broke her right collarbone in Tuesday's game against Mount de Sales. Kirr, who had surgery yesterday, will miss the rest of the season

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