Roland Park wins, 1-0, for spot in AIS A final

November 13, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Roland Park's Catherine Passano had only one thing to say after scoring the goal that beat Garrison Forest, 1-0, in an Association of Independent Schools field hockey semifinal yesterday.

"It was about time," said the junior forward, whose goal with 3:12 left in the game sends the No. 2 Reds (9-0-3) into the AIS A Division championship game for the sixth straight year.

Before Passano's game-winner, the host Reds had missed 12 shots, including three that barely carried wide of the cage and another that a Garrison defender managed to punch away from the goal line at the last second.

Without the offensive fireworks, the Reds needed a little help from freshman goalie Meredith Shuey to make the slim lead stand up.

Shuey just moved up from the junior varsity for the playoffs, but she played like a veteran in the clutch. Her aggressive point-blank save in the final 10 seconds preserved the Reds' victory.

Shuey, who has not allowed a goal this season, finished with three saves, but none as dramatic as the final one.

With the Grizzlies desperately trying to tie the game, Liza Shoemaker took a pass about six feet in front of the cage. Shuey stepped up to block the shot with her body, and the Reds' defense held the Grizzlies off for the final seconds.

Tomorrow, the Reds will find out whether the emotional semifinal win finally can carry them to a tournament title all their own. For the past two years, the Reds have shared the championship after tying in the title game.

Last year, the Reds tied 0-0 with Friends -- which will also be their opponent in this year's title game tomorrow at noon at St. Paul's.

"I think these kids are ready -- and they don't want a tie," said coach Debbie Bloodsworth, whose Reds own more hockey titles than any other AIS school. They have won three outright (1980, 1981, 1989) and tied twice.

While the game signaled the continuation of an era at Roland Park, it also marked the end of one at Garrison Forest.

For the past six years, Morse has coached at least one of her two daughters, Rebecca (now a junior at Haverford) and Sarah. That ended yesterday when Sarah, one of the league's best defenders, played her last high school field hockey game.

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