St. Mary's is stopped as Garrison Forest runs unbeaten streak to 9

Chan's two goals propel No. 8 Grizzlies to 4-0 win

High Schools

Field hockey

October 11, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If St. Mary's field hockey team had dreamed of upending its second ranked opponent in as many contests, Garrison Forest made sure the dream didn't become reality.

The No. 8 Grizzlies scored two goals in the first half and two in the second to turn back host St. Mary's, 4-0, at Germantown Fields in Annapolis yesterday.

Senior attack Erica Chan scored twice and junior midfielder Emily Medina and junior striker Julie Nicholson each contributed a goal to help Garrison Forest (8-1-1 overall and 3-0 in the Applebee Division of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference) extend its unbeaten streak to nine games.

Several Grizzlies players said they were well aware that the Saints (5-4-2 overall, 1-1-1 division) had knocked off then-No. 3 Bryn Mawr last week.

"We knew that they obviously had to be good competition," Chan said of St. Mary's. "But we didn't think about that too much. We knew we could contend with anyone."

Garrison Forest didn't waste much time getting on the scoreboard. Less than 10 minutes into the first half, sophomore defender Lauren Sheets sent a free hit upfield, where Medina dribbled the ball and backhanded it off the glove hand of Saints sophomore goalkeeper Allie Buote into the cage for a 1-0 lead.

The Grizzlies added a goal with 10 seconds left in the half as Chan belted a pass from senior defender Lauren Misera into the cage for a 2-0 advantage.

The two-goal halftime lead was a relief for Garrison Forest coach Traci Davis.

"I think that definitely took the wind out of their sails," she said. "It got us motivated and psyched to keep it."

Then, with 9:11 left in the game, Chan stole the ball and slapped a shot past Buote to extend the lead to three.

Seven minutes later, Nicholson sealed the victory by whistling a pass from senior attack Maggie Fava past Buote.

Garrison Forest's defense proved formidable. The foursome of Misera, Sheets and juniors Maura Anderson and Kait Gentry allowed just four shots to reach goaltender Gina D'Anna, who posted her eighth shutout of the season.

"We don't want our goalie to touch the ball," Misera said of the defense, which has allowed just three goals this season. "We want to stop the shot and get it out of the circle."

Buote finished with 11 saves for the Saints, but the difference was the team's inability to convert seven penalty corners.

"This would've been a nice one to get under our belts," said St. Mary's coach Heidi Willett. "We just had a problem getting it into the cage."

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