A hat trick by team captain Jen Biscoe propelled No. 2-ranked John Carroll over No. 5 Notre Dame Prep, 4-1, and re-positioned the Patriots on a path to the No. 1 spot yesterday at Notre Dame Prep.
Some fearless moves from ninth-grader Shannon Seipp and the team's overall snappy footwork, passing and shooting proved enough as well to preserve the Patriots' undefeated record (11-1-1) against Maryland teams.
"Our players showed how much they wanted to win by the way they fought for every ball," said John Carroll coach Gary Lynch, whose sole loss was to Pennsylvania's Conestoga High School last week. "This has been our best game so far, the first time everyone has been on the same page."
The Patriots' offense finally paid dividends 22 minutes into the game when Biscoe headed a corner kick from Kourtney Porcella over goalie Lauren Stone for a 1-0 lead.
Notre Dame Prep's young defense, regrouping after most of its line graduated last year, nullified John Carroll's 11-shot onslaught for the remainder of the half.
"We have a whole new defense this year and I was pleased by the way they contained such a strong offense," said Notre Dame Prepcoach Mark Deaton. "We needed to pass better in the middle field to get our offense going, but with more work, we can rise to that challenge and get to that next level."
Encouraged by Deaton's half-time pep talk, the Pirates stormed back in the beginning of the second half with a goal from team captain Megan Schwartz. The score wrestled the Patriots from their slumber.
Notre Dame Prep defender Marissa Giannerini, who assisted Schwartz's goal, tried to stop Biscoe's surge but tripped her in the penalty box. Biscoe's penalty goal gave her team a 2-1 lead and also smothered NDP's momentum. Seven minutes later, Biscoe again combined with Porcella's corner kick to head the ball over Stone to stretch the lead to 3-1.
"I've had a rough couple of games last week, but this time I distributed the ball better and stepped up for the shots," Biscoe said. "NDP is a really good team, but we hustled to win all the 50-50's and have much more team leadership this year with so many seniors."
Pub Date: 10/12/99