Garrison Forest finds its autumn stride Scoreless tie vs. St. Paul's like a victory to Grizzlies

Field hockey

October 11, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

C Garrison Forest almost always gets off to a slow start during field hockey season, but the No. 15-ranked Grizzlies usually hit their stride about now.

Unfortunately for No. 4 St. Paul's, this year appears to be no different.

The host Grizzlies staged a relentless second-half siege

yesterday that kept St. Paul's pinned in its circle most of the half. Only tenacious defense by the Gators preserved a 0-0 tie in an Association of Independent Schools A Division, non-league contest.

Garrison (3-2-1) picked up the pace Wednesday by edging No. 12 Severn, 1-0. Yesterday, the players could not have been happier about their performance had they won.

"This is a good tie," said Grizzlies' forward Courtenay Fisher, "because everybody had a great game and I felt like we were playing as such a great unit."

On the other hand, the defending A Division champion Gators were clearly unhappy with the tie.

While the Grizzlies are on the rise, the Gators (4-1-1) have taken a tumble this week. They lost for the first time in 22 games Wednesday to Friends, 1-0, and had hoped to rebound yesterday.

But after an even first half, the rest of the game was all Garrison.

The Grizzlies defense of Karie Reed, Marianna Waters, Sarah Barrett, Lacy Byrnes and Melissa Harrison barely allowed the Gators across midfield. Keeper Catie Corbin never touched the ball in the half. The two times the Gators did drive the ball into her circle, it rolled over the end line.

The Gators' defense spent almost the entire half fending off 10 Garrison penalty corners and seven shots. Despite all the fouls, they atoned for their mistakes with the shutout.

"This is a bad tie for us, but our defense did hold up," said Gators defender Erin Oglesby. "They were putting so much pressure on us and they played really well in the circle, but we kept them out. Our defense is pretty proud of that."

The defensive stand was particularly rewarding because the Gators played without sweeper Alyson Bowyer, who may miss the rest of the season with mononucleosis. Missing their vocal leader, the Gators expected a few defensive glitches, but they did not expect the sudden disappearance of their transition game.

"It was just that the fundamentals fell apart," said Gators coach Eileen Alban. "We weren't cutting back for the ball. We were waiting for free hits about 20 yards ahead that were not getting through."

No. 5 Fallston 3, Joppatowne 0: Diana Ordes had 2 goals for the Cougars and Kate Simon had a goal and an assist as No. 5 Fallston (9-1) shut out Joppatowne (2-8). Denise Kurtyka had 12 saves in a losing effort for the Mariners.


No. 11 Mercy 3, St. John's Prospect Hall 0: Senior Steph Hansen had 12 kills to help lead the Magic (16-3, 11-0) to a 15-5, 15-10, 16-14 home victory over St. John's (14-3, 10-1). Junior Michelle Russell had 24 assists and three aces and senior Chris Jagielski served 8-for-8 for Mercy.

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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