St. Paul's finishes off defending AIS A titlist Hook scores only goal to topple Garrison Forest

Field hockey

November 06, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The signs around the St. Paul's field urged, "Focus. Finish."

After being shut out through the last three halves of the regular season, the No. 3 Gators knew exactly what they needed to beat No. 12 Garrison Forest, 1-0, in yesterday's AIS A Division Tournament quarterfinal.

"For the past three days, our coach has been instilling in our minds -- shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot," said Gators forward Mills Hook. "We've been practicing shooting right when we get to the 25-yard line, shooting more quickly."

The practice paid off yesterday when Hook drove in a 10-footer off Allison Polk-Williams' free hit with 7: 33 left in the first half.

That was all the host Gators (9-0-5) needed for a victory that dethroned two-time defending champ Garrison (7-4-5) and avenged last year's 1-0 title-game loss. The Gators will travel to meet No. 6 Bryn Mawr (11-1-4) in tomorrow's 3: 15 p.m. semifinal.

Even though yesterday the Gators could push nothing more past Grizzlies' goalie Ali Hirsh (six saves), they dominated with a 15-2 edge in shots and a 14-0 advantage in penalty corners.

"We kept them on their heels," said Gator Sarah Oglesby. "We kept pressuring them and we were first to the ball. They're a good team, but whoever starts out first really has an advantage."

The Gators' advantage was as much in their defensive line of VTC Marcela Sardi, Kate Ahearn, Erin Oglesby and Alyson Bowyers as in the constant offensive push of speedy midfielders Sarah Oglesby, Allison Polk-Williams and Hilary Polk-Williams and forwards Hook, Libby Hoyle and Michelle Wachter. Goalie Joanna Renner had to make just one save.

The Grizzlies, a much younger team this year than the two championship teams, tied the Gators 0-0 during the regular season, but they knew St. Paul's would be ready yesterday.

"After losing to us last year, we knew they were out to get us," said Garrison midfielder Devin Fitzpatrick. "I'm sad that we lost, but now I'm dressing in all green, having my face painted and cheering for St. Paul's [to win the tournament]. They have so much positive spirit and they have the love and passion for the game. You have to appreciate that."

Bryn Mawr 1, Severn 0: The Mawrtians won a sudden-death shootout 3-2 to advance past the No. 9 Admirals (8-4-6) in their AIS A Division quarterfinal. Kim Smith, Jen Coughlin and Gailor Large scored in the shootout for the hosts.

Notre Dame Prep 1, St. Mary's 0: Emily Baggan scored 18 seconds into the second overtime to lift the No. 7 Pirates (8-1-4) over the host and No. 13 Saints (14-5-1) in an AIS A Division quarterfinal game. The Pirates travel to Roland Park for tomorrow's 3: 15 p.m. semifinal.

Roland Park 3, Friends 1: Alli Harper scored in each half and Elizabeth Ryan scored the eventual game-winner with 16: 18 remaining as the No. 5 Reds (11-1-3) defeated the visiting Quakers (6-5-6) in an AIS A Division tournament quarterfinal. Friends' goal came on Edith Swains' penalty stroke.

Lutheran 2, Seton Keough 1: Kelly Grose scored the winning goal with five minutes left as the Saints beat the host Gators (3-9-3) in the AIS B Division tournament. The teams were tied, 1-1, at the half on goals by Chery Moylan (Seton Keough) and Shana Opdyke (Lutheran). The Saints travel to John Carroll for tomorrow's semifinal at 3: 15.

Oldfields 1, St. Timothy's 0: Nicole Broot scored in the first overtime, assisted by Alyssa Kierkegaard, as defending champ Oldfields (2-9-2) defeated host St. Timothy's in an AIS B Division tournament game. Oldfields travels to top-seeded Glenelg Country School in tomorrow's 3: 15 p.m. semifinal.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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