Bryn Mawr corners crown

Emala's goal off penalty play gives Mawrtians IAAM A championship

Field Hockey

November 06, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

After seven penalty corners failed to deliver a goal for No. 4 Bryn Mawr in yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference field hockey championship, the Mawrtians decided to try something different on the eighth.

"That was one of the [corner plays] we hadn't done very much in games," Mawrtians senior Allie Emala said. "We had tried it in practice and it always worked. I was like, `We've got to try it,' because we were having trouble with the previous corners."

There was no trouble this time.

With help from two of her teammates, Emala scored off the perfectly orchestrated corner play for the game-winning goal with 3:22 left as the Mawrtians slipped past No. 3 and top-seeded Garrison Forest, 2-1, for their first A Conference tournament championship since 2001.

Sarah Cole started the play, passing to Peyton Hawkins high on the circle. Hawkins sent it back down to Cole, who hit Emala at the stroke line. The powerful midfielder drove her shot under a defender's stick and past Grizzlies goalie Emily Cain.

The Mawrtians' victory, at Villa Julie's Owings Mills campus, came after two regular-season losses -- 2-0 and 2-1 -- to the Grizzlies, who lost only one game to an A Conference foe during the regular season.

"People say it's hard to beat a team three times," Emala said, "and I kept that in the back of my head. I thought as a senior, I would love to win a championship going out. This whole season, we've had some tough losses, but we've worked so hard and we've never quit. It's so rewarding."

While the Mawrtians had many stellar performances yesterday, Emala stood out for scoring both goals. Her first came on a penalty stroke with 9:09 left in the first half. That gave the Mawrtians (16-3-1) a boost after the Grizzlies (18-3) had controlled much of the action in the early going.

"That gets everyone pumped up, because it's so definitive. There's no question about it. She has such power behind it," Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik said.

Garrison Forest had a couple of near misses in the half, including one with 4:23 left before the break when Liza Blue fired the ball into the goal on a penalty corner. Her shot, however, was taken just outside the scoring circle, so it did not count.

In the second half, Garrison Forest did finally break through, rallying to tie as Poppy Hall scored out of a scuffle in front of the goal after a penalty corner. Hers would be the only goal on 10 Grizzlies shots.

"We kept it up. We tried out best to get it in and they kept defending it," Grizzlies senior Caroline Markowitz said. "We played the best we could and they did too, but both teams can't win."

The Mawrtians celebrated their sixth championship since 1997.

"It's amazing, because from the very beginning of the season, everyone clicked so well," said Mawrtians senior defender Emmy Matthews, who ran down speedy Grizzlies forward Kate Tracey to upset a fast break late in the game.

"In past years, we haven't clicked as well. Everyone on this team loved each other and we want to work hard for each other."

B Conference

After sharing the title last season, Maryvale won it outright with a nail-biter of a 1-0 victory over Mount de Sales.

"We just wanted it so bad," said Lions stellar midfielder Caitlin James. "We didn't want to go through that [the tie] again, especially after the season we had."

Katelyn Manocheh scored in an unsettled situation in front of the goal with 12:08 left in the first half. The goal held up for the top-seeded Lions (18-4-2) despite a dominating second-half performance from the seventh-seeded Sailors (8-11-3). Mount de Sales took six shots in the half, including three on back-to-back penalty corners -- two saved by Lions goalie Emma Rakosky.

C Conference

Mercy won its first outright field hockey title in only the third year of its program as the Magic upset top-seeded Lutheran, 1-0, in overtime. The two teams shared the title last season.

Jenna Parr scored the Magic goal in the first half of the 20-minute, seven-on-seven overtime. The two teams played out the full overtime and the Magic (11-3-5) held off the Saints (15-3-1) the rest of the way.katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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