Cramer converts her only goal of season, giving Garrison Forest second straight crown AIS field hockey

November 12, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Garrison Forest's Learic Cramer could not have picked a better moment to score her only goal of the season.

With eight minutes left in yesterday's AIS A Division championship, Cramer punched in a crossing pass from Tricia Ward to give the No. 9 Grizzlies a 1-0 victory over No. 8 St. Paul's. It was Garrison Forest's second straight title.

On a penalty corner, Cramer waited on the right side while her teammates tried to set up a shot on the left. St. Paul's keeper Gretchen Goldberg moved to the left, expecting the shot from Courtney Austin, but Austin sent it to Ward, who spotted Cramer open on the other side.

"Tricia crossed it and I just redirected it because the goalie was out of position," said Cramer, who had come off the bench just minutes before. "It was my first time on the right side, too, but my coach said keep it wide, rush the ball every time you get a chance, and it just happened to work out."

For the Grizzlies (8-0-5), this marks a second straight unbeaten season as well as the fifth title in 13 years for 1994 All-Metro Co-Coach of the Year Micul Ann Morse.

"I was really proud of them, because St. Paul's put a lot of pressure on them in the second half," said Morse. "Each team had a number of really good chances. We could easily have been up 2-0 at halftime."

After Garrison could not convert three quick penalty corners to open the rainy second half, the host Gators (11-1-3) broke away on a long pass to wing Michelle Wachter. Grizzlies keeper Jacque Weitzel rushed out to meet Wachter and dived to block the ball.

But the Gators, who outshot Garrison 10-8, continued to hammer at the Grizzlies' defense for most of the next 10 minutes. They had eight of their 10 penalty corners through the stretch, but managed just two shots. Nikki Satyshur's carried wide and Weitzel stopped Sarah Oglesby's.

"Sometimes, we're not sure when to shoot or when to pass," said Satyshur, whose team took seven of its shots on corner plays. "When we're supposed to shoot, we pass and vice versa and we were all just real nervous. They have a good team, so everything we did, we had to do perfectly to get it off."

After Garrison scored, the Gators threatened several more times, but Grizzlies defenders Sara Bleich and Maggie Shoemaker thwarted breakaways.

Still, for the Gators and rookie coach Eileen Alban, this season was nothing less than remarkable. A year ago, they won just three games and lost in the first round of the tournament. This fall, the Gators had the best record in the AIS until yesterday.

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