Bryn Mawr cools off Garrison Forest

Perciasepe scores to end Grizzlies' unbeaten streak

Field hockey

October 18, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | By Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Garrison Forest's field hockey team went into yesterday's game riding an 11-game unbeaten streak, but Bryn Mawr's Julia Perciasepe put an end to that.

Late in the first half, Perciasepe deflected Margaret Yellott's steaming crossing pass high off the right hand of Garrison goalie Gina D'Anna and into the cage. The junior forward's goal held up as No. 10 Bryn Mawr edged the No. 3 Grizzlies, 1-0, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Applebee Division game.

"When Margaret crossed it, I was right in front of the goal," Perciasepe said. "I just got my stick on it. The ball went off my stick and lifted into the goal."

D'Anna couldn't reach far enough to stop the ball as it grazed the edge of her glove with 4:47 left in the first half.

"The ball came right across the goal and she tipped it up and in," D'Anna said. "I had no idea it was coming, but I got a little piece of it."

Earlier in the half, D'Anna made a save with her left hand - on the second of two quick, close-range attempts by Megan Burker. The first shot slammed off D'Anna's leg pads right back to Burker, who then tried to go to D'Anna's left, but the senior goalie reached out to bat the ball away.

D'Anna's performance along with strong field defense from Kait Gentry, Lauren Misera and Maura Anderson held off the visiting Mawrtians through seven first-half penalty corners. The Mawrtians didn't let the early frustration unsettle them.

"We haven't scored a lot and we've tied a lot," said Perciasepe, "but when we won against Bethesda-Chevy Chase (1-0) Saturday, that was a big win for us, and Garrison is in our division, so we were really fired up."

Despite the loss, the Grizzlies (9-2-2 overall) still have a slim lead in the race for the highest tournament seeding from the Applebee Division. The Grizzlies are 3-1 in the division, followed by the Mawrtians at 2-1-1, St. Mary's and Severn at 1-1-1, Park at 1-2-1 and Maryvale at 0-2-2.

The defending A Conference champion Mawrtians (7-3-4 overall) also got excellent defensive performances from Ardith Lindsey, Lizzie Rosenberg, Sarah Hawkins and Jennifer Redd. Lindsey cleared the ball out of the circle four times in the last five minutes of the game.

The Grizzlies, who dominated the final 15 minutes, were disappointed but not disheartened by the loss.

"You turn something negative into something positive," senior forward Erica Chan said. "It's a wake-up call. We're not unstoppable, but we are a great team, and we'll have [the] tournament to make it up."

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