No. 3 Garrison Forest tops No. 4 Bryn Mawr

Grizzlies end Mawrtians' scoreless streak while preserving their own

Garrison Forest 2 Bryn Mawr 0


September 16, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

Neither No. 3 Garrison Forest nor No. 4 Bryn Mawr had given up a goal in a total of seven field hockey games this season. For much of yesterday's meeting, played in a steady rain, it appeared that streak might continue for both.

Bryn Mawr got the better of play early and the host Grizzlies dominated the beginning of the second half, but neither could put the ball in the goal until Poppy Hall finally broke through on the last of three consecutive Garrison Forest penalty corners with 18:29 to go.

Kate Tracey later added an insurance goal to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 victory, boosting their record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

The victory eased the memory of last year's A Conference tournament when a young Mawrtians team upset the Grizzlies in the quarterfinals.

"Sad memories, yes," said Garrison defender Keegan Billick, with a laugh. "We did remember that, so a little more incentive to come back for revenge."

Hall scored on the Grizzlies' 11th shot of the game and their sixth of the half. In the first half, Garrison Forest wasn't as aggressive as Bryn Mawr (3-1, 2-1), and had trouble with Mawrtians goalie Abigail Bisbee, who finished with 13 saves.

Bisbee saved nine shots before Hall finally got past her on a feed from Caroline Markowitz. Later in the half, she saved Tracey's initial shot before the Grizzlies senior lofted the rebound past her with 6:50 left.

"I think when you get scored on sometimes, you may have a tendency to play more defensively, but then we had spurts on attack as well," said Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik, whose team will get another shot at Garrison Forest later in the season.

The Mawrtians were outshot, 13-2, in the second half but had a couple chances to score including a shot from Sarah Cole two minutes after the Grizzlies had taken the lead but goalie Emily Cain made the save.

The Grizzlies have shut out five opponents this season, including three ranked teams-a great start for a young defense. In addition to seniors Billick and Sophie Daly, the Grizzlies start three freshmen, Bayley Mullan, Megan Mullan and Cain, and also rely on reserve sophomore Ana Henrich.

"We're so deep as a team, there's such a huge wall you can't really get past it," Billick said.

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