Top-ranked Bryn Mawr, with too many weapons end-to-end, registered its second shutout in as many days in beating Arundel, 2-0, for the championship of the third annual River Hill Hockeyfest yesterday.
No. 9 Long Reach, stunned by Arundel, 2-1, on Friday, bounced back to beat county rival River Hill for the first time in four tries, 2-1, in the consolation game. The home team had lost to Bryn Mawr in Friday's second game, 3-0.
Bryn Mawr scored once in each half on unassisted goals by Jen Ahn and Megan Burker, and finished with a 15-4 shot margin. Links Ahn and Carey Fetting-Smith were selected co-winners of the Most Valuable Player Award.
Even though the Mawrtians were clearly the class of the field, coach Jeanette Budzik saw it just as much an opportunity to use different combinations and work on skills as the other teams.
"We lost our attackers," Budzik said of a graduation that took three of her offensive leaders. "Our goal now is to get people to finish [scoring chances].
"This was our first appearance in the tournament, and we were delighted with the invitation. The games were competitive and gave us a chance to work on some things."
Arundel featured four reasons why the Baltimore powerhouse got limited results from its offense. Seniors Melissa Daley, Meredith Carpenter and Emily Walther and junior Alexis Viera were relentless in thwarting Mawrtian scoring chances.
At the other end, sweeper Kelly Noon and back Courtnay Shay were the leaders in disrupting Arundel's limited offensive chances, and Rebecca Kinselvich provided the outlet in an overall solid effort in the midfield.
"We have a lot to learn," Arundel coach Clint Gosnell said. "We need more conditioning and better teamwork. Bryn Mawr is just so much better, they didn't have to expend the energy we did."
A weekend bright spot for the Wildcats was sophomore attack Liz Hamlin, whose two second-half goals sparked the win over Long Reach.
In the consolation game, Brandi Franks had a goal and an assist, and Jessica Burkhardt a goal, for Long Reach. Tara Fadrowski got the River Hill goal, with all the scoring coming in the first half.
"We were more determined this time, focused on our approach," said Long Reach coach Kelly Snyder, whose team features speed and shooters. "Against Arundel, we had some mental blocks and were out of sync."
Snyder, displeased with the play of some of her veterans during the first half, chose to sit them down for the rest of the game. "It was a big wake-up call. Hopefully, I got the message through."
For River Hill, coach Martha Henderson said: "We got caught out of position [often], but you have to credit them for that. They were successful at it. We need to capitalize on our opportunities."