Wheeler sisters split in Bryn Mawr's win

Mawrtians' Lee gets last word against Grizzlies, Kate, 2-0

Field hockey

September 30, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Lee Wheeler had bragging rights at the Wheeler home last night after helping her No. 1-ranked Bryn Mawr team to a 2-0 victory over her twin sister Kate's No. 8 Garrison Forest team yesterday afternoon.

But even though Lee's team has prevailed the last two years, she didn't plan to rub it in.

"When we get home, we talk a little about the game," said Lee, "but it's pretty light. We joke about it. We always talk about what each other did well."

Yesterday, in a game filled with intense one-on-one battles, each sister played well despite often having to match up against the other. They are close, and each agreed it's difficult to play one another.

"On the field, I try to think of her as just another player," said Kate, who transferred from Bryn Mawr after the twins played their freshman seasons with their older sister, Brooke. "I really have to concentrate on the ball and not think about it."

"It's hard," said Lee, "because we played together for so long, so we know what each other's going to do. [Yesterday], we ended up taking the ball off each other's stick. It was just one and then the other. We have such a similar style."

Although Kate and her Garrison teammates fought hard in the trenches, and goalie Catie Corbin made 11 saves, they could not hold off the Mawrtians' attack.

Bryn Mawr (9-0) outshot the Grizzlies, 14-2, and had an 11-2 edge on penalty corners.

Stonewalled by a Mawrtians defense led by Courtney Shay, the Grizzlies (1-2-1) managed to move the ball deep into Bryn Mawr territory only a few times.

"They support each other so well," said Kate. "There are always three people -- a trail, an outside and a through -- everywhere on the field. They're such a unit, and it's hard to get through that. It's easy to beat one player, but it's hard to beat 11."

The visiting Mawrtians scored on second efforts in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division, Applebee League opener for both teams.

Nikki Bogan scored first, 15: 16 before halftime.

After Corbin blocked Carey Fetting-Smith's powerful shot from the top of the circle, Bogan smacked the rebound into the cage.

Miles Whitman added an insurance goal with 6: 11 remaining in the game.

After the Grizzlies repelled a Mawrtians free hit out of the circle, Amy Price sent the ball back in, where Whitman slipped it to Corbin's right.

The Grizzlies' best scoring opportunity came before Bogan's goal, when, off a corner play, Caroline Cox fired a shot off Bryn Mawr goalie Katie Coyne's pads.

Their only other shot came off a scuffle in front of the goal early in the second half, and Coyne stopped that, too.

Pub Date: 9/30/99

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