Color this three-peat red.
From the coach's red high tops to the leading scorer's red bandanna, No. 2 Roland Park brought all its lucky charms to beat No. 7 Mount de Sales, 10-6, and become only the second team to win three straight Association of Independent Schools A Division Tournament lacrosse titles.
Until yesterday's final at Garrison AIS A lacrosse final
Forest, only Maryvale, from 1986-88, had won three straight. No team has won four.
Despite the charms, the Reds (13-1-1) really owe their third title to some high-powered offense late in the first half and good position defense through most of the game.
Reds keeper Kim Shuey also deserves a nod for one of her best games of the season. Although the Sailors shot right at her a lot in the first half, the junior made several fine saves among her nine for the half and 13 total.
"Everybody just played great, and they played like they can," said Roland Park coach Wendy Kridel.
LTC Good defense, especially by Susannah Pitts and Brady Beale, held the Sailors' third home Jo Webster, the metro area's leading scorer with 112 points, to just one goal.
"We didn't give her the space she wanted and she couldn't blow by us," said Beale, one of three Reds' senior starters. "We knew good posi
tion defense bothered her. We sensed that they were frustrated and that probably had something to do with it."
However, Mount de Sales coach Bill Held saw red, too -- with the officiating. He said too many calls were made against his team that weren't made against Roland Park, and he didn't hide his anger.
When center Lisa Banbury went down in the second half when a defender's stick hit her in the neck and no yellow card was given, Held erupted, drawing a warning.
"I'm not taking anything away from Roland Park, because maybe they could beat us 100 times on 100 different Sundays, but this time they got the benefit of poor officiating," said Held.
Five of Roland Park's goals were scored on free positions.
Late in the first half, the Reds scored on two free positions in a four-goal rally that gave them a 5-2 halftime lead.
Brent McCallister scored three of her game-high four goals in the run that started after the Sailors took a 2-1 lead on goals by Amy Buck and Webster. Melissa Cully fed McCallister just off the crease to tie at 2.
McCallister and Elizabeth Rodgers scored back-to-back free-position goals for a 4-2 lead with 5:58 to go in the half. The Reds never again trailed.
With 10 seconds left in the half, Sailors keeper Audrey Powers stopped Hedy Born's shot, but McCallister scarfed up the rebound and scored.
Powers, who finished with 11 saves, made another nice stop on Born's shot with two seconds remaining and another on the Reds' first shot of the second half off McCallister's free position.
But the Reds took a 6-2 lead when Rodgers fed Catherine Passano for a goal sparked by Peggy Boutilier's midfield ground ball.