Notre Dame Prep's Wick Stanwick knew she held a trip to the Association of Independent Schools championship in her hands as she stepped up for a free-position shot in overtime of yesterday's tie game with Bryn Mawr.
"I thought the game was right there. I was trying to psych myself up, jumping up and down. I said, 'You've got to make this.'"
And she did, scoring the game winner with 1: 01 left to spark the No. 2 Pirates to an 11-8 overtime victory over No. 4 Bryn Mawr in their AIS A Division semifinal.
Stanwick then got help preserving the victory as Kate Kaiser and Lauren Aumiller made critical defensive plays that led to two more goals. Katie Lashinger and Kate Chasney converted the turnovers in the final 22 seconds.
The Pirates' victory set up a rematch with No. 1 Roland Park, a 13-6 winner yesterday over defending champ St. Mary's, in the 2 p.m. title game tomorrow at Towson University's Minnegan Stadium. The Reds (21-0) dealt the Pirates their only loss, a humbling 13-3 defeat on April 22 which knocked NDP from the No. 1 spot.
Yesterday with time running out in regulation, the host Pirates (14-1) were staring down another loss. The Mawrtians (11-4) had an 8-7 lead until Molly Cangemi fed Aumiller from behind the crease to tie with 12 seconds left.
Although the Pirates had twice led by two goals, they turned the ball over a lot in transition.
"We were forcing that last pass into the 8-meter [arc]. It wasn't until we calmed it down that we were able to clear out and put the ball in the goal," said Stanwick, who had five goals and an assist.
The Mawrtians, however, kept the ball for long stretches despite often-pouring rain.
"We knew the game was a possession game," said Mawrtians coach Wendy Kridel. "It wasn't even a matter of who played better, so we tried to keep the ball as long as we could every possession. We had to score, but as much time as it took to score, that was no problem."
Late in the second half, the Mawrtians worked the set offense to perfection. Trailing 7-5, they controlled the ball most of the last 10 minutes and created openings for Kim Smith. The senior used her quick first step to sprint around the crease for three straight goals and an 8-7 lead with 3: 38 to go.
Mercy 16, Park 10: Heather Valunas scored four goals to lead defending B Division champion Mercy (12-4-1) back to the title game. The Magic will meet Archbishop Spalding at noon tomorrow at Towson University.
In yesterday's rematch of last year's title game, Valunas had three goals in a 7-2 second-half scoring run that gave host Mercy its largest lead at 14-8 with seven minutes left.
Archbishop Spalding 12, Institute of Notre Dame 6: In only their second year in the AIS, the Cavaliers trailed 1-0, tied the score, and never looked back in their B Division semifinal.
Kat Brady had six goals and two assists, and Kattie Mannix contributed three goals and three assists.
Bryn Mawr surrendered six runs in the first inning but came back to defeat Notre Dame Prep, 13-7, for the Association of Independent Schools A Division championship yesterday at McDonogh.
Senior pitcher Melanie Sperl settled down for the Mawrtians (12-2) after the four-hit, six-run first inning to strike out seven batters in the 4 1/2 -inning, rain-shortened game.
This was Bryn Mawr's third straight AIS title game, and the Mawrtians avenged last spring's loss in the final to NDP.
Pub Date: 5/08/98