No. 10 St. Paul's upsets No. 4 Garrison Forest, 10-9 Victory gives Gators shot at 3-way league tie

April 30, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

A green tornado hit Garrison Forest yesterday, preventing the No. 4 Grizzlies from clinching first place in the AIS A Division Leers League.

A swirling transition offense sparked No. 10 St. Paul's to a 10-9 upset and most likely a share of a three-way tie for the league lead.

If the Gators (7-3) win tomorrow's game at Seton Keough, they will end up in a lock with Garrison and Severn. All would finish 4-1 in the league, so a blind draw would be used to determine seedings for the AIS Tournament, which begins Monday.

Yesterday, the Gators raced back from a 5-4 deficit early in the second half and scored five goals within four minutes.

Mills Hook scored the tying goal on a free position and the Gators won the next four draws to set their offense off and running.

"When we get our fast break going, we're the green tornado. That's our motto," said Hook, who led the Gators with three goals and three assists. "We just go down the center of the field and take everything away."

Hook had another goal and an assist in the run and Kate Ahearn added two goals and Laura Peace, one.

Garrison helped Ahearn score one of her goals when several Grizzlies could not pick up a ground ball in front of their own goal. The ball finally rolled off a defender's crosse and Ahearn scooped it up for the garbage goal.

It was that kind of afternoon for the Grizzlies (8-2-1), who forced a lot of passes and missed a lot of crucial ground balls.

"They did what we usually do and we didn't know how to deal with it," said Garrison attacker Jacque Weitzel. "They had really good transition and we weren't on on our transition until the very end. Then it was too late."

Weitzel and Sarah Oglesby traded goals to make it 10-6 St. Paul's with 9: 23 to go when the Grizzlies rallied. They reeled off three straight and had a few chances to win it in the final minute.

After Weitzel, Tricia Ward and Melissa Riggs pulled Garrison within a goal, Grizzlies center Karie Reed controlled the next draw. With 54 seconds left, Cantey Boyd bounced an eight-meter shot past the goal. Seconds later, Ward fired a pass inside that St. Paul's Alyson Bowyer came up with.

Garrison's last chance came a turnover and a few seconds later when Weitzel tried to go inside to Maggie Shoemaker, but Hook snatched the loose ball.

The Gators' season has interrupted by injuries and serious illness.

Yesterday, they were missing only midfielder Mary Davies, who had recovered enough from a bout with bacterial meningitis to watch the game.

Baseball

Mount St. Joseph 10, Curley 0: Ryan Baker recorded his fifth win and Mike Couser and Matt O'Donnell each had a double as the host and No. 3 Gaels (17-3) downed No. 20 Curley (8-5).

Perry Hall 4, Patapsco 1: Adam Nastalski allowed just one run on three hits as No. 10 Perry Hall (11-1) defeated host and No. 16 Patapsco (9-3).

Patterson 3, Mervo 1: Tavon Mitchell struck out eight and allowed one run on six hits as Patterson (12-4) defeated visiting Mervo (9-2).

Pub Date: 4/30/96

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