Second-ranked Bryn Mawr needed some of its most unique goals of the season yesterday to emerge from a defensive showdown with 6-4 victory over neighborhood rival and No. 4 Roland Park.
Miles Whitman scored Bryn Mawr's last two goals, including the game-winner with 12: 50 left.
The host Mawrtians (16-1) dealt the Reds (10-1-2) their first loss of the season and remain the only team unbeaten in Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls lacrosse competition after the non-league victory. Bryn Mawr has lost only to No. 1 Mount Hebron.
Goals were so difficult to come by yesterday that the halftime score was 2-1, Bryn Mawr.
"I thought I had a huge lead at halftime," said coach Wendy Kridel. "Both defenses played great and each team had a pretty good answer for the other's attack."
But there were a few goals the Reds could not match.
Meredith Goodell used her long arms to give Bryn Mawr the lead just 10.5 seconds before the half. With three defenders collapsing on her in front of the crease, the 6-foot senior lifted her stick above everyone else. One of the Reds checked her stick and Goodell momentarily bobbled the ball, but she recovered and shot into the high-right corner.
The Reds took a 3-2 lead early in the second half on goals from Alex Thomas and Kelsey Twist, but the Mawrtians caught up after a smart defensive play by the attacker Goodell.
The play began with a great move by Reds goalie Meghan McInnes to knock down a Mawrtians pass and then win the race to the end line to gain possession.
But Goodell checked the ball loose, scooped it up and passed to Tara Hardiman, who spotted Theresa Sherry open on the crease. Before McInnes could get back in the goal, Hardiman hit Sherry for a quick back-handed shot to tie the score at 3-3.
That started a three-goal Mawrtians run. Hardiman fed Sarah Sanborn and then Whitman cut across the crease and whipped in the game-winner.
After Sarah Passano split two defenders to pull the Reds within 5-4, Whitman used her blazing speed to seal the victory.
She blew past defender Sarah Scalia at the 12-meter mark and fired low. McInnes got a piece of the bounced shot, but the ball deflected into the net anyway.
Bryn Mawr goalie Amy Price stopped eight of 11 Reds shots in the second half to finish with 10 saves.