Ninth-ranked Bryn Mawr made it look easy yesterday. The visiting Mawrtians dominated the draw, played well in transition, and got superb goaltending from Amy Price en route to a 13-9 victory over fourth-ranked Mount Hebron.
"We really weren't sure how we would do," said Bryn Mawr senior Kim Smith. "This gives us a lot of confidence and also reveals our depth. We have 20 girls who are all capable of stepping up."
Bryn Mawr started the game by winning the draw and didn't let up. The Mawrtians were faster and more aggressive to the ball, winning 17 of the 22 draws, including 10 of 11 in the second half.
"Every possession against Mount Hebron is critical," said first-year Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel, who directed Towson to the state Class 1A-2A title last year and before that guided Roland Park to five consecutive Association of Independent Schools A Division championships. "Every time you can keep it out of their hands is very important."
Starting 4: 58 into the game, Bryn Mawr scored three goals in 31 seconds to take a lead it never lost. Sophomore Tara Hardiman scored the first of her team-high five goals. The Princeton-bound Smith (three goals, one assist) tallied 23 seconds later. The Mawrtians won the ensuing draw, and it took nine seconds for sophomore Miles Whitman (five assists, two goals) to run down the field and pass to Hardiman for the score.
"Our fast-break girl drew the double team so it allowed me to be open on the crease," said Hardiman.
Byrn Mawr's speed in transition hurt Mount Hebron, and the Mawrtians capitalized on it with good passing.
"We were able to find each other in transition," Kridel said.
Mount Hebron, winner of five state championships in the last six years, including last season's Class 3A-4A title, twice got within a goal in the first half. But Byrn Mawr answered quickly.
Nineteen seconds after the Vikings (1-1) got to within 4-3, Whitman scored. Nine seconds after Mount Hebron made it 5-4, Hardiman made it a two-goal game again.
"They had an answer for everything," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson. "They wanted it more then we did. They just demonstrated a passion that we didn't have."
Bryn Mawr, leading 7-4, scored the first two goals of the second half and increased its advantage to 12-6 with 8: 36 to play.
Price, a sophomore goalie (13 saves), Jen Ahn, Theresa Sherry and Elizabeth Knight led a strong defensive effort.
Pub Date: 3/26/98