Park holds No. 2 Garrison to 0-0 tie

`Couldn't be prouder,' Bruins say of stalemate

Field hockey

October 23, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Garrison Forest's second-ranked field hockey team had planned to use yesterday's game at No. 14 Park as a momentum surge into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament. Instead, Park gained a little momentum of its own by playing the Grizzlies to a 0-0 tie.

"This is such a good tie," said Park senior back Kirsten Halle after the Bruins posted their seventh shutout of the season. "We couldn't be prouder to tie the No. 2 team."

Feelings were a bit different on the other side, where the Grizzlies have now gone 13 games without a loss, but saw a six-game winning streak come to an end.

FOR THE RECORD - In some of yesterday's editions, a field hockey player for Garrison Forest was incorrectly identified in a photo caption. The player's name is Annika Alexander-Ozinskas. The Sun regrets the error.

"We were on such a high," said Garrison's junior forward, Kirby Houck. "It's so disappointing, but I think this will get us riled up for the tournament."

The Grizzlies (10-1-2) likely will take the top-seeded tournament spot with a 7-1-2 conference record. That would earn them a first-round bye and send them straight into Tuesday's quarterfinals. The Bruins (7-2-5) who are 4-2-4 in the conference, complete their season today against St. Mary's and play an opening-round game Friday.

Although the action through most of yesterday's game was as even as the final score, the Grizzlies did create more scoring opportunities, outshooting the Bruins, 9-2.

In the final two minutes, the Grizzlies had three of their 11 penalty corners, but a solid defensive stand held off Garrison's late push. Essie Mallonee made a stick save on a Houck shot with about a minute to go.

"We just couldn't get it in," said Houck. "Usually, those shots go in because they're on the non-stick side, but that girl had her feet around and she had the stick there."

The Grizzlies narrowly missed on two other shots - a Houck drive that barely carried wide of the far post with 10 minutes left and Alexandra Ewing's first-half shot that clipped off the post.

The Bruins had several fast breaks, usually led by speedy forward Yanni Newton, but they couldn't manage any shots or corners until the second half. Garrison goalie Sarah Williams saved both Park shots while her counterpart, Jenny Cooper, stopped five Grizzlies attempts.

Garrison's defense has not allowed a goal in October and has seven straight shutouts, but the Grizzlies had a scare yesterday when talented back Lauren Sheets took a ball in the face in the first five minutes. Sheets left with a gash on the bridge of her nose. However, she returned in the second half to join Kait Gentry as a transition catalyst.

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