Maryvale romps past Roland Park in lacrosse
Lions bounce back from loss to St. Paul's School for Girls
Roland Park Country School junior midfielder Cece Finney, left, and Maryvale senior midfielder Emma Tizzard prepare to take a draw in the Lions' 18-11 victory on Thursday in chilly Brooklandville. (Staff photo by Nelson Coffin / April 4, 2013)
The Lions jumped out to a 7-1 advantage in the first nine minutes and were never seriously threatened in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
Trailing, 3-0, sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst scored on a fastbreak off the draw for the Reds before a 4-0 retort by Maryvale dimmed any hopes of a comeback.
Sophomore midfielder Miranda Ibello scored twice while seniors Amanda Bochniak and Emma Tizzard notched the other goals during the Lions' earl;y spurt.
"They go to goal hard," Roland Park coach Kristin Nicolini said. "They got up on us, and it's hard to come back from that"
The Reds (2-5, 1-3 conference) did bounce back with goals of their own by Whitehurst and senior attacker Emma Guarino, but never came closer than a five-goal deficit the rest of the way.
And that was puzzling to Nicolini, who said her team played much better in a 14-12 loss to No. 15 Notre Dame Prep on Tuesday.
"We have talent," Nicolini added. "We're just trying to grow as a team. It's just taking a little longer than we hoped."
Maryvale (5-1, 3-1), on the other hand, was clicking on offense.
Showing an array of tricky inside rolls and an ability to find cutters streaking free through the 8-meter arc, the Lions put a ton of pressure on Roland Park goalies Riley Brager and Rachel Braverman with close-range shots.
Still smarting from a 9-8 loss to St. Paul's School for Girls last week, Maryvale was much more aggressive with the ball than they were against the surprising Gators.
"We learned a lot from the St. Paul's game," Maryvale coach Jessica Randisi said. "We learned you have to play a full 50 minutes of lacrosse, so a loss isn't always a bad thing."
For the Reds, scoring goals has not been as big a problem as stopping opponents from doing the same.
Nicolini said that losing to an opponent with such a powerful offense may not be a reason to despair.
"It may shake out that they (the Lions) end up as a top-three team," she said. "So, it's almost better to lose a game that's not that close. They're hard to stop.'
Goals: (RP)-Hauser 1, Quinn 1, Whitehurst 3, Guarino 2, Finney 2, Brager 2 (M)-Tizzard 3, Bochniak 4, Hesselbein 4, McWright 1, Ibello 4, Blood 2
Assists: (RP)-Whitehurst 1, deMuth 2, Guarino 1 (M) Bochniak (4), Crocetti 1, Ibello 3
Saves: (RP) Brager 4, Braverman 2 (M) Federico 9
Half: 11-6, M