St. Mary's has Grandma to thank for yesterday's upset of No. 1 Notre Dame Prep.
Grandma, usually known as goalie Jen Corradini, made 17 saves, including two in the waning minutes, to preserve a 14-13 victory for the No. 5 Saints in an Association of Independent Schools A Division Lears League game at Weems Whelan Field in Annapolis.
In the first meeting between the defending A Division champs and newcomer St. Mary's (9-2 overall, 3-0 league), the Pirates (5-1, 3-1) outshot the Saints, 31-19. But Corradini, an All-Metro second-teamer dubbed Grandma as a freshman because she wore her hair in a bun, repeatedly blocked close-range shots and stepped up to stuff the NDP shooters just as they released the ball.
The senior, headed to James Madison University, made two crucial stops in the final 1: 24 to help the Saints cling to the lead.
First, she deflected Lacey Aumiller's low shot. Aumiller got even by bouncing her third goal past Corradini on a free-position shot to pull NDP within 13-12. But then Corradini snuffed a high point-blank shot by Sheehan Stanwick with 52 seconds left.
"She's really good," said Stanwick, an All-Metro attacker who finished with three goals, two below her average. "We had some poor shot selection, but she's just tough to beat."
That last save proved to be enormous because NDP's Molly Cangemi answered Katie Robinson's goal to keep the Pirates within 14-13 with 19 seconds left.
The Pirates won the final draw, but tight defensive pressure in the midfield tied them up for too long. Time ran out with Kate Kaiser racing in for a close-up shot. It wouldn't have mattered, anyway -- Corradini stopped that one, too.
The Pirates' biggest problem was draw control. They won most of the first-half draws, but St. Mary's won the first four in the second, helping the Saints break from a 7-7 halftime tie to a 10-7 lead in less than five minutes.
"That was one of the biggest adjustments we didn't make," said NDP coach Mary Bartel. "We were big-time spectators on the circle. We're so used to Lauren [Aumiller] coming up with the draw that we were standing there watching, and the next thing you knew, they had the ball and they were 10 yards below us."
No. 9 Severn 12, No. 4 St. Paul's 10: Jessie Popham scored all four of her goals in the second half to help Severn (9-2, 3-0) score a come-from-behind victory over visiting St. Paul's (7-3, 0-1) in an AIS A Division Sinclair League game.
Pub Date: 4/16/97