Sailors turn tables on Grizzlies, win, 5-2 Girls lacrosse

April 16, 1993|By John Coffren | John Coffren,Contributing Writer

No. 13 host Mount de Sales (8-0, 4-0) remembered the last time No. 9 Garrison Forest (3-2, 2-1) paid it a visit.

The Grizzlies handed the Sailors an 11-4 loss and knocked them out of the quarterfinals of the Association of Independent Schools West Division Tournament.

Mount de Sales returned the favor yesterday by taking an early 2-0 lead, holding off an early second-half rally and riding out a 5-2 win.

"I think that loss was on some of the players' minds," said Sailors head coach Bill Held. "They beat us pretty good."

The Sailors took advantage of the slow-starting Grizzlies and spent most of the first half camped around the Garrison Forest goal.

Despite the defensive efforts of senior third man Caroline Boetzelan, senior third home Giovanna Webster scored an overhand shot during a goal rush at 22:39 for a 1-0 Sailors lead.

Bad passes and miscommunication were the order of the first half until Mount de Sales senior second home Amy Buck scored unassisted at 8:58 for a 2-0 edge.

Senior goalie Audrey Powers denied Garrison Forest four times in the first half.

Garrison Forest managed to put together a first-half attack as third home Jaque Weitzel scored at 22:39, but a crease violation disallowed the goal, leaving the Grizzlies scoreless at the half.

Garrison Forest went on a two-goal scoring blitz in the first four minutes of the second half. Gen Thaler scored first at 22:17 to cut the Mount de Sales lead to one, and 1:24 later, senior center Liza Shoemaker scored from the right side with an overhand shot for a 2-2 tie.

Coach Held called a timeout to take the momentum away from Garrison Forest.

"You can't afford to get in a shootout with them," said Mount de Sales assistant coach Mike Tirocchi. "They have good stick skills and the only way to beat them is to control the ball."

And control the ball the Sailors did. Mount de Sales won the next draw, and a pass from junior left defensive wing Julie Simon to center Lisa Banbury -- who fast broke from the center line -- resulted in a score at 17:02.

First home Jill Salkasus added a goal from the top of the crease at 11:39, assisted by Banbury, for a 4-2 lead. And, Webster scored her second goal, an underhand shot made while being tightly covered by Boetzelan, for a 5-2 final at 9:59.

"We just didn't shoot well," said Garrison Forest head coach Karen Mallonee. "All of our free-position shots were taken right at the goalie. I think we could have made some better choices."

A strong defensive showing by Mount de Sales goalie Powers, who finished with 10 saves, and center point Sarah Morse helped the Sailors' cause.

"Ball control is everything," said Held. "We did a good job of controlling the midfield and using my one timeout to slow them down."

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