Roland Park wears down Garrison Forest in 10-6 win

April 04, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Everything finally came together for No. 1 Roland Park yesterday -- and none too soon.

The Reds needed everything they could muster to slip past No. 3 Garrison Forest, 10-6, in an AIS A Division nonleague game.

The visiting Grizzlies (1-1), the only team to beat the Reds (4-0) last year, took a 4-2 lead and later tied at 5 and 6 before the Reds ripped a tired Garrison defense for three goals in less than three minutes.

After Lizzy Bennett found Lauren Miller for a transition goal, Miller bounced in a free-position shot and Bennett rolled the crease, the Reds led 9-6 with 11: 21 left. The Grizzlies never recovered and Bennett found Erin McInnes to seal it with 3: 15 remaining.

"We just ran out of gas," said Garrison coach Micul Ann Morse. "We were tired enough that our passes were just a little too far ahead of our kids and we were a step behind on defense and we couldn't quite recover the way we had earlier in the game. Their defense put more pressure on us than we were able to do, particularly late in the game."

Not to be outdone by their attack, Reds defenders Meredith Shuey, Natalie Rothemund, Reagan Raneri, Abby Bowers, Kristin Raneri and McInnes held Garrison to just three shots in the final 16 minutes.

Two of those came on free positions -- one shot wide and the other stopped by goalie Melissa Coyne, who finished with nine saves.

"We're finally a team," said Shuey.

"Our level of play increased so much. All we've been hearing is, 'They're out to get you. You've got to step up. You've got to prove yourselves.' And we just did."

In wins over No. 7 Severn and No. 14 Centennial, the Reds struggled in the first half, but yesterday they wasted no time bolting to a 2-0 lead. Betsy Gaines, just up from the JV this week, provided the spark, assisting Miller and then Ally Harper.

"For the first time, our attack clicked," said Reds coach Traci Magness. "And it wasn't just Lizzy and Hedy [Born]. Other teams know to play them tighter now and our other players are now stepping up and realizing that they can take a bigger role."

But Garrison had just as much talent on attack and they connected on some precision passes for four straight assisted goals.

Cantey Boyd had a goal and two assists in the run while Jacque Weitzel, Maggie Shoemaker and Melissa Riggs also scored.

The Reds answered with consecutive goals from Harper, Gaines and Kristin Raneri for a 5-4 halftime lead, but that didn't last long. Boyd hit Weitzel to open the second half with another tie.

Then on a feed from Born, Bennett caught a high corner with a spin move to put the Reds back up, 6-5. Two minutes later, Shoemaker fell to her knees in front of the crease but still managed to flick a low shot past Coyne for Garrison's last goal.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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