Bryn Mawr already saw one lead slip away this season and it wasn't about to let another one go yesterday.
The third-ranked Mawrtians scored the game's first six goals on their home field against No. 4 Notre Dame Prep before hitting cruise control and finishing with a 13-6 victory.
Elizabeth Martin led the Mawrtians (2-1) with four goals and two assists. Miles Whitman had three goals, as did Meridith Goodall. All of Goodall's goals came in the first eight minutes, when Bryn Mawr seemed unstoppable, seldom relinquishing the ball in jumping to its early lead.
"We've traditionally had a tough time beating [Notre Dame Prep]," Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel said. "For the kids, emotionally, to get ahead early was really important."
More important for the Mawrtians, they were able to maintain that lead.
Bryn Mawr held a 3-1 halftime lead over second-ranked Mount Hebron in its season opener, only to lose, 9-5.
Notre Dame Prep (2-1) used a buzzer-beater at the end of the first half and another goal to start the second to cut the lead to 9-5 with 20 minutes to play, but the Mawrtians answered with three straight goals over the next 13 minutes to extend the lead.
"They deserved to win and we didn't," said Notre Dame Prep coach Mary Bartel, who had no answer for why her team got off to such a slow start. "They played a good game and we didn't."
Both Kridel and senior goalie Amy Price, who stopped 17 shots, said the Bryn Mawr defense was the key to victory.
"I thought our defense worked harder than it ever did," Price said. "They just brought out the fire inside us."
Martin said the win was an important one, especially having already lost to a ranked team once this year.
"I think we learned a lot from that loss and we're still learning," the senior said. "Notre Dame is a great team and they brought out the best in us."
Bartel said she hopes to see a different Pirate team today, when Notre Dame Prep begins its spring break with a trip to No. 7 St. Mary's.
Otherwise, "it's going be a long spring break," Bartel said.
Pub Date: 3/31/99