By Tom Worgo, firstname.lastname@example.org
9:15 PM EDT, March 26, 2014
Bryn Mawr could've used a break Wednesday instead of another game against a formidable opponent. Yet, there were the Mawrtians, taking part in their third straight contest against a standout squad.
Except this time they didn’t come away empty-handed.
Junior attacker Hadley Brown scored five goals to spark Bryn Mawr to its first win of the season, 13-7, over No. 10 Maryvale, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game in Roland Park.
“Hadley was a role player last year for us,” said Bryn Mawr coach Kim Simons, whose team lost 10 starters from an 11-5 squad. “Now, she is one of our best attackers. Many of our kids that we are expecting a lot out of don’t have a lot of experience.”
Bryn Mawr senior attacker Georgia Carroll added three goals. Julia Feiss and Alex Argo had two goals apiece.
Maryvale junior midfielder Miranda Ibello, a Johns Hopkins University recruit, led her team with four goals and an assist.
“We have had trouble maintaining momentum,” Brown said. “Especially coming at the start of the first half and the second half. We have been talking about how we have to start better. That was one of our main goals. Our energy really picked everybody up today.”
Bryn Mawr (1-3) controlled most of the first half with excellent ball movement and shot selection.
The Mawrtians had their best start of the season, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first nine minutes.
After Carroll beat sophomore goalie Cara Richardson with a high shot for the game’s first goal, she dished out a nice pass to set up Argo for a score.
Then Brown, who will play lacrosse at Vanderbilt, was on her way to the memorable performance by notching the Mawrtians’ third goal.
Maryvale (0-3) fought back to make it 3-3 on goals from Elena McWright and Maggie Huey.
But Bryn Mawr closed the first half with four unanswered goals, including getting two from Brown.
“It’s great to see this team put together some of the things we have been working on,” Simons said. “We have had too many turnovers and not enough shots. It just felt like a totally different team out there. We had not done a lot of things well up until today’s game. We have been inconsistent.”
The Mawrtians ran off with four straight goals to start the second half.
Carroll had two during that stretch. Bryn Mawr goalie Maggie Kane finished with 11 saves.
“We just had a bad day,” Maryvale coach Jessica Randisi said. “We are a small, but fast and feisty team. Today, we looked small. We threw the ball away and didn’t get often enough on the attacking end.”