Weitzel, G. Forest overwhelm NDP

April 28, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

A year ago, Jacque Weitzel thought about leaving Garrison Forest for another school. The Grizzlies could not be happier that she changed her mind.

After scoring four goals in yesterday's 17-5 win at Notre Dame Prep, Weitzel leads the No. 7 Grizzlies with 29 goals and 18 assists. But on a team brimming with talent, Weitzel stands out as much for her defensive skills as her offensive ones.

"She's taught the rest of our attack really to be a strong midfield on defense," said teammate Missy Hopkins. "We're not just attack, we're defense. That's the key to all lacrosse, but she's encouraged us all and pushed us to her level."

In yesterday's game, Weitzel had a couple of outright steals on her checks. At third home, she also worked the midfield double-teams to help force turnovers.

"Our attack is so balanced," said Garrison coach Karen Mallonee, "but Jacque gets the ball for us so often. She checks so well and she enables us to be a balanced attack.

"Everybody around her plays with a lot more confidence this year and she has a lot more confidence in giving the ball to them because they have the confidence to finish whereas the last two years, everybody looked to Jacque to be the finisher."

Three other Grizzlies also have scored more than 20 goals -- Lauren Klein (25 goals, 17 assists), Hopkins (22, eight) and Maggie Shoemaker (21, eight).

All but Shoemaker, sidelined with a sprained ankle, had multiple goals in yesterday's Association of Independent Schools A Division nonleague game. Hopkins had four and Klein, three while Ashley Ingraham, Tricia Ward and Melissa Riggs had two each.

In addition to the high-powered attack, the Grizzlies (9-3 overall, 3-1 league) got strong defensive efforts from goalie Chrissy Cooper, with 11 saves, and third man Maggie Reed, who held the Pirates' talented Sheehan Stanwick to just one goal. Stanwick had averaged seven points a game.

While the Grizzlies put together their best game of the season, the No 12 Pirates (7-2-1, 2-1-1) had a tough day. By the time Weitzel scored her third goal and Hopkins added another five minutes into the second half, the Grizzlies led 12-0.

But the Pirates' attack finally came alive. Melanie Tomick scored back-to-back goals, the first assisted by Shannon Toohey. From that point on, the Pirates kept pace with goals from Lacy Pica, Stanwick and Colleen Keeney.

Pirates coach Mary Bartel praised the young Pirates for bouncing back despite the wide margin.

"It would have been really easy for them to fold. We just suffered our first loss on Tuesday [to top-ranked Roland Park], and I think this is a real tribute to them that they came back in a game like this," she said.

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