Rosa’s goal hands Bryn Mawr its first loss

Sydney Rosa scored twice, including the game-winning goal in overtime, to lift NDP.

by Nelson Coffin

Notre Dame Prep’s Sydney Rosa said that she hasn’t scored many goals so far this spring.

“About four,” the junior midfielder answered when asked about her seasonal total.

On Monday, Rosa showed that it’s not always about the quantity of goals that matter — the quality is every bit as important.

And it’s tough to think of a more quality goal than the one she scored against No. 3 Bryn Mawr in a key Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference battle, considering it came with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to secure a hard-fought 14-13 victory for the fifth-ranked Blazers in chilly conditions in Towson.

And the way that she scored was a product of all-out effort and hustle when a scramble for a loose ball ensued after NDP senior attacker Hannah Mardinay’s shot caromed off Mawrtian senior goalie Maia Faraone (13 saves) just outside the goal circle.

The rebound bounced into a scrum of players until Rosa gained possession and sent the ball past Faraone.

“There were a bunch of sticks there and I just scooped it up,” Rosa said. “I made sure no one was in my way and I shot it.”

Her goal ended a wild ride for both teams in a game that had a slew of twists and turns with NDP (6-3, 2-2 conference) roaring out to an 8-1 advantage in the first 16 minutes before previously unbeaten Bryn Mawr (7-1, 5-1) put together a stirring 12-4 run to pull ahead, 13-12, with under three minutes left in regulation.

Less than two minutes later, the Blazers found the wherewithal to net the equalizer by senior attacker Caitlynn Mossman after senior Jordan Sabourin won the draw.

NDP coach Mac Ford said that winning three clutch draws late in regulation and in overtime could give Sabourin a spark in the circle and give the Blazers a potent one-two punch with junior Lila Knott, who dominated the draws in the early going.

With Knott earning successive possessions and Mardinay assisting freshman attacker Nancy Halleron and junior midfielder/attacker Ellie Curry before scoring twice herself, the Blazers had a 4-0 advantage less than four minutes into the opening half.

Mossman and Halleron then built the margin to 6-0 before sophomore midfielder Abbey Hurlbrink finally answered for the Mawrtians.

However, goals by senior midfielder/attacker Maddie Hoffman and Mossman bloated the lead to 8-1 with 10 minutes left in the half.

Things started to turn in Bryn Mawr’s favor when senior midfielder Olivia Rubin began winning draws outright or getting help from Hurlbrink on the circle.

“Those two were the MVPs of their team, that’s for sure,” Ford said.

The Mawrtians closed the first half on goals by Rubin, senior attacker Alex Marino and junior midfielder Virginia Oursler while yielding a goal to Rosa to trail, 9-4.

Not only was the Bryn Mawr offense starting to fins its rhythm, the defense was slowing the Blazers down as well.

“We were stopping their cutters better,” Bryn Mawr senior defender Helen Mackay said. “We were matching their sticks and we were communicating better.”

“We take a lot of pride in our one-on-one defense,” Bryn Mawr coach Brooke Matthews said. “We were trying to get all over them.”

NDP junior midfielder Brooke Barger and Rubin traded scores to maintain a five-goal separation early in the second half before the Mawrtians started to make a serious dent in the deficit.

Goals by junior midfielder Margo McCormack and Rubin started the Mawrtians’ final push that reached a crescendo when sophomore attacker Gwen Mather tied the score at 12-all with just over nine minutes left in the final half.

Six minutes later, Rubin’s fifth and final goal put Bryn Mawr ahead for the only time in the game.

“We know we can score goals fast, and we were fearless,” Matthews said. “I’m just so proud of the girls. But you have to credit NDP for finding their third and fourth options (on offense).”

Rosa said that it was a special win.

“Bryn Mawr is one of our biggest games,” she said. “We’ve been thinking about it for a while. Beating them is awesome.”

The Blazers will have almost a full week off before hosting the Hill Academy on Sunday while Bryn Mawr will jump right back into conference play when it travels to No. 16 St. Paul’s School for Girls on Wednesday.

BMS 4 9 0 — 13
NDP 9 4 1 — 14
GOALS: BM-Olivia Rubin 5, Abbey Hurlbrink 2, Virginia Oursler 2, Alex Marino, Margo McCormack, Ashley Feary, Gwen Mather; NDP-Hannah Mardiney 3, Caitlynn Mossman 3, Ellie Curry 2, Sydney Rosa 2, Nancy Halleron 2, Maddie Hoffman, Brooke Barger.
ASSISTS: BM-Hannah Lopez; NDP-Hannah Mardiney 2, Ellie Curry 2, Caitlynn Mossman, Maggie Corbo.
SAVES: BM-Maia Faraone 13; N-Drew Yager 6, Vanessa Stamas 1.