G. Forest takes control, 12-8 GIRLS LACROSSE

March 31, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

The Garrison Forest offense struggled in the opening minutes of its game with visiting Bryn Mawr.

Stickwork was off while passes and shots went awry.

But that soon changed.

Maggie Shoemaker and Jacque Weitzel led the charge as No. 8 Garrison Forest took command with six goals in the final 7:19 of the first half on the way to a 12-8 victory over No. 9 Bryn Mawr in a nondivisional game yesterday.

Trailing 2-1, Shoemaker (four goals) and Weitzel (two goals, four assists) sparked the run.

Weitzel fed Shoemaker for back-to-back goals 80 seconds apart to give Garrison Forest (2-0) a 3-2 lead with 5:59 left in the first half.

After Charlotte Graham tied it for Bryn Mawr (0-3) with 3:22 left, Garrison Forest got rolling again.

The Grizzlies scored four times in the final 2:27 -- capped by a goal from Lauren Klein with two seconds left -- for a 7-3 halftime lead.

"It took us awhile," said Garrison Forest coach Karen Mallonee. "I was concerned, but I was confident."

Shoemaker helped Mallonee's confidence. The combination of speed and good stickwork made Shoemaker tough to stop.

Garrison Forest scored seven of eight -- including five a row for an 8-3 lead -- as Shoemaker recorded all of her goals.

Good lead passes from Weitzel and others repeatedly set up Shoemaker.

"Jacque can hit the stick well," said Shoemaker. "I like it better if someone just passes it to me."

Passing caused some problems for Bryn Mawr. The Mawrtians several times picked up loose balls on their end of the field and had long runs -- especially Emily Hickman (three goals, two assists) -- but did not find the cutters.

This concerned coach Libby Davis, who had her team practicing passing after the game.

"The low attackers were cutting to the ball, but the people bringing the ball out weren't seeing them," said Davis.

The Mawrtians also got offense from Graham (two goals) and Jennie Daley (one goal, one assist), but the Grizzlies had too much of everything.

On offense, the Grizzlies also found help from Tricia Ward (two goals), Klein (two goals) as well as Missy Hopkins (one goal) and Ashley Ingraham (one goal).

Garrison Forest did not bend on defense, especially in the second half when Bryn Mawr cut the lead to three and kept control of the game. Tina Schroeter scooped up numerous ground balls for the Grizzlies to help them stop the Mawrtians.

"Everyone was cutting and running for the ground balls," said Shoemaker. "We weren't just waiting and letting the other team go to [the ball]."

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