Roland Park coach Kristin Nicolini is still waiting for her team to play two complete halves of lacrosse this season. The second half that Roland Park gave Nicolini Wednesday lifted the Reds to an 18-13 victory over visiting Garrison Forest in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
"We are really working on putting together a complete game," Nicolini said. "That's 50 full minutes. I thought today was pretty spotty for us. We just need to become a little more consistent coming toward the end of the season."
Even without being as consistent as Nicolini would like, the Reds keep rolling.
Roland Park improved to 9-2 in the 12-team A Conference and is tied for second place with Notre Dame Prep behind the play of a trio of midfielders: senior Cece Finney (University of Florida recruit), junior Francesca Whitehurst (Georgetown) and sophomore Anna Hauser (University of Virginia).
"Our midfield is really our strength," Nicolini said.
The three combined for 10 goals against Garrison Forest. Whitehurst scored a game-high six goals.
Roland Park trailed the Grizzlies, 9-8, at halftime, but the Reds started to take control early in the second half.
Whitehurst scored 2:15 into the period on a feed from Jenna Janes and about a minute later Finney found the back of the cage.
After Garrison Forest freshman midfielder Samantha Fiedler scored her third of five goals to tie it at 10-10, the Reds reeled off three unanswered goals.
Fiedler scored again to trim the lead to 13-10 with 13:04 remaining.
That's as close as the Grizzlies (1-9) would get the rest of the way.
Over the next 2:24, Roland Park put together a four-goal outburst. Finney had the last two during that stretch.
"Roland Park brought the intensity in the second half," Garrison Forest coach Emily Franke said. "I have to hand it to them there. They made some adjustments at halftime and we didn't make the appropriate adjustments."
Janes, a junior attacker, had four goals. Teammates Katie Clements and Cameron McGee each had one.
Reds' goalie Riley Brager stopped 11 shots and Garrison Forest goalies Mackenzie Ferguson and Demitra Hajimihalis combined to make eight saves.
Marina Lazarides and Lucy Swindell contributed two goals each for the Grizzlies.
More importantly, Hauser and Finney combined to win 17 out of 29 draws.
"Our main focus was draw controls," Franke said. "Roland Park beat us on the draws in the second half. In the first half, we were doing a great job."
Wednesday’s IAAM lacrosse scores
Mount de Sales 16 Maryvale 9
Friends 17 Institute of Notre Dame 6
Glenelg Country 8 Seton Keough 5
Mercy 17 Annapolis Area Christian School 3
Catholic 16 St. Timothy’s 7
Chapelgate Christian 15 Our Lady of Mount Carmel 0