Garrison Forest defeats NDP

April 30, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

With her 13th-ranked Garrison Forest team leading No. 11 Notre Dame Prep by three goals, Karen Mallonee feared a 15-minute thunder delay might affect the Grizzlies.

But when play resumed, the home team polished off NDP with three more goals to take a 10-4 victory in an Association of Independent Schools nonleague game.

Garrison Forest (7-2-1) dominated the Pirates (6-3) in the half, controlling six of seven draws and outshooting them, 19-3.

"We couldn't get the ball past the 50," said Pirates coach Mary Bartel. "We didn't pick up a ground ball. We didn't catch a ball."

The Grizzlies led, 7-4, when officials suspended play with just over 18 minutes left. When play resumed 15 minutes later, there was no Garrison let-up.

Right off the draw, Jacque Weitzel fed Maggie Shoemaker for an 8-4 lead. Lauren Klein fed Tricia Ward and Lindsay Foster added an unassisted goal to finish the scoring.

Only goalkeeper Heather Castle kept the Pirates as close as they were. She stopped 13 shots and had several knockdowns and a couple of interceptions in the game. But as strong a keeper as Castle is, she couldn't hold off the Grizzlies by herself.

"They placed their shots real well," said Castle. "They got me on my left side, which tends to be my weak side, and a couple of times, my defenders were right there in front and they were shielded so it was a little tougher for me to pick up the ball."

The Pirates made their only run midway through the first half. After Garrison took a 2-0 lead on goals from Liza Shoemaker and Missy Hopkins, NDP got three quick ones.

Tricia Cummings fed Sheehan Stanwick, Melissa Miceli assisted Allison Smith, and Cummings rolled the crease all within about two minutes.

But Garrison came back to answer all of those goals. Weitzel tied it with a perfectly angled shot as she cut in front of the crease.

Then Weitzel assisted Maggie Shoemaker for a 4-3 lead with 3:41 left in the half.

Garrison keeper Chrissy Cooper (six saves) made a great save on a low, point-blank shot and the Grizzlies moved the ball quickly to convert at the other end.

Lauren Klein found Liza Shoemaker wide open on the crease with 40 seconds left.

"We had that small lapse in the middle of the first half where they passed circles around us," said Mallonee. "The rest of the game I thought we very much set the tempo, controlled the possessions and did the things we needed to do. I thought it was going to be much closer the way the first half was played."

The second half started with Lacy Aumiller scoring on a free-position shot to pull the Pirates within 5-4.

Right after that, Castle made one of her best stands snuffing a Liza Shoemaker free-position shot, then stopping a good low shot from Weitzel. Cummings helped out by disrupting Tricia Ward's free-position shot with a check from behind.

Then, Castle made one of her few mistakes with a poor clear. Weitzel scooped up the ground ball and ran in to score. Maggie Shoemaker added another goal, running off the draw for a 7-4 Garrison lead just before the delay.

The teams could meet again in the AIS tournament. In separate brackets, both teams begin AIS tournament play Tuesday, playing host to quarterfinal games at 3:45. The Grizzlies play the winner of Monday's McDonogh-Bryn Mawr game. The Pirates play either John Carroll or Severn.

The tournament continues with the semifinals Thursday. The championship is scheduled at Garrison Forest on Tuesday, May 10, at 4 p.m.

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