Stanwick lifts Blazers over Patriots

She scores 7 goals, including tying one and one in OT

April 23, 2010|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

For much of Thursday's game against No. 7 John Carroll, fourth-ranked Notre Dame Prep's Covie Stanwick had a defender in her face, on a shoulder or at her heals.

The junior, however, simply adjusted her game by buying time behind the goal or cutting across the crease to catch a deft pass. Stanwick finished with seven goals and three assists, and after trailing early, the Blazers held John Carroll scoreless for more than 30 minutes for a 12-10 overtime victory in the key Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland matchup.

"Our defense really stepped up and they corrected the things they were doing wrong," NDP coach Mary Bartel said. "Shutting them down for that span of time really allowed us to get our act together. And you always have a confident group when you have someone like Covie."

Jenn Etzel had three goals and Faye Brust, Annie Thomas and Mackenzie Reese each added two for John Carroll (8-2 overall, 7-2 league). Sydney Peterson had two goals and Liz Colgan finished with 16 saves for the Blazers (12-3, 9-2).

The Patriots opened a 6-1 lead with 14:36 left in the first half. NDP then settled down and scored five consecutive goals to tie the game with 2:51 remaining. A goal by Hannah Hartman with three seconds left in the half gave NDP its first lead, 7-6, and the momentum.

"We just needed to get into our groove," Stanwick said. "I don't think we had the ball the first four or so minutes. Liz made some good saves and we found our rhythm and got some confidence."

Stanwick scored the first two goals of the second half to increase the lead to three with 15:42 remaining. The Patriots continued to work and Brust broke them out of their scoring drought with 7:06 remaining to cut the margin back to two. Etzel scored twice and Reese added another and John Carroll took back the lead 10-9 with 4:39 left. Stanwick tied it 16 seconds later to send the game to overtime.

NDP put the game away on goals by Kirkland Locey and Stanwick in the extra period. Colgan came up with several crucial stops late in the game and in overtime to preserve the win.

"It's really about the character of our team because we have so much help on ‘D' and we really stepped it up in the attack and with the bench," Colgan said. "It was a total team effort."

Goals: N—Stanwick 7, Peterson 2, Workmeister 1, Hartman 1, Locey 1

J—Etzel 3, Brust 2, Reese 2, Thomas 2, Cox 1

Assists: N—Stanwick 3, Keefe 1

J—Cox 3, Reese 1, Thomas 1

Saves: N—Colgan 16

J—Barnaba 14

Half: N, 7-6

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