Friends edges Garrison Forest, 5-4, in tourney Quakers advance to semis tomorrow vs. No. 2 Roland Park Girls lacrosse

May 05, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

In almost an exact repeat of last week's regular-season lacrosse game, No. 9 Friends edged No. 11 Garrison Forest, 5-4, yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Association of Independent Schools A Division Tournament.

After a 3-3 halftime tie, host Garrison Forest (4-5-1) went ahead on Sarah Flaxenburg's goal, set up by Liza Shoemaker's interception 24 seconds into the half.

Friends (9-2-2) tied on Amy Kremen's goal seven minutes later. Speedy defense wing Summer Downing added the game-winner, running in to bounce one past goalie Kathleen Harrington with 11:37 to go.

The Quakers threatened again a couple minutes later, but Harrington made a great save.

The Quakers came up with the ground ball to maintain possession, and with about six minutes left, they began a successful stall, just as they had in a 6-5 win over Garrison Forest on April 27. The Grizzlies couldn't stop the Quakers from moving the ball around behind the crease and in the midfield.

"It was crucial that we be ahead at the end of this game, so that wouldn't happen," said Garrison Forest coach Karen Mallonee.

"We spent a whole week talking about being Siamese twins [against the stall], but there were people open all over the place. You have to play deny defense in that situation; you can't wait until they get the ball and then play defense."

Defense wing Vanessa Vercollone gave the Grizzlies one final chance when she stole the ball in the corner behind the goal with about two minutes left. Garrison Forest moved all the way downfield, but couldn't get off a shot.

The Quakers' line defense, led by Aubin McCarthy and Andrea Krumholz, gave the Grizzlies trouble all afternoon. Heather Bohanan made eight saves and upset several opportunities by coming out of the net.

Friends advances to the semifinals and will play No. 2 Roland Park tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. The teams tied, 4-4, during the regular season.

Garrison Forest took a 2-0 lead on goals by Gen Thaler and Jacque Weitzel.

Friends got on the board when Shawny Nellums hit Kim Stude with a pass from behind the goal with 13:30 left in the half. Nellums scored on a free position three minutes later to tie the score at two.

Thaler added her second goal on a free position to put Garrison Forest ahead 3-2, but Nellums answered on another well-placed free-position shot to tie.

Harrington made seven of her 10 saves in the first half.

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