Team players propel Garrison Forest to title

Grizzlies beat Archbishop Spalding for IAAM `A' crown, 2-0

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November 05, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTER

Garrison Forest field hockey coach Traci Davis probably didn't have enough game balls to hand out after yesterday's championship game. She needed one for each player on her team.

The No. 3 Grizzlies relied on everyone to help deliver a 2-0 victory over Archbishop Spalding for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship yesterday at Friends School.

Martha Plack contributed a goal and an assist and the defense of Christine Knauss, Ana Henrich, Bayley Mullan, Megan Mullan and goalies Emily Cain and Megan Farber notched its 13th shutout of the season.

The Grizzlies (17-2-1) did not allow a goal in three tournament games as they earned their first title since winning back-to-back in 1994 and 1995 in the IAAM's predecessor, the Association of Independent Schools.

With 10 sophomores, the Grizzlies grew together through the season, and their teamwork was the most important part of the victory, said Knauss, a junior.

"We're all really great friends to begin with," she said, "and with a lot of sophomores, it just helps us out working together and playing with each other. We trust each other a lot and everyone has developed their skills this year. We've all just become a true team."

Defense was critical as the Cavaliers (11-9-1) had nine penalty corners while Garrison had three.

"The key was No. 1, in that first half, holding them defensively and breaking up some of their corners, because they're a really good team with corners," Davis said. "Then I think we had to start generating our attack, and that's what we talked about at halftime - not just doing these big hits, but working together."

Cavaliers goalie Ciarra Delost made a couple of terrific saves in the first half and forward Abby Lynch had a goal called back just before halftime, because the official said her shot was not under control.

In the second half, Garrison generated much more offense. Plack scored less than five minutes into the half on a play that started with a perfect drive from Liza Blue at midfield. Catie Merrick then sent it to Plack, whose shot deflected off the diving Delost's pads and up into the cage.

Plack assisted Alex Goldstein with 17:26 left, sending a pass across the goal that Goldstein slipped inside the left post.

Spalding coach Leslee Brady, whose team knocked No. 4 and defending champion Bryn Mawr out in the semifinals, said she was proud of her team's effort.

"Having that goal called back for us hurt, but give it to Garrison Forest: They didn't have many scoring opportunities. They took advantage of every one they had."

McDonogh 1, John Carroll 0 -- Alissa Polino scored 55 seconds into the second seven-on-seven overtime period to give the Eagles (15-1-1) their first title since 1982 in the B Conference championship at Bryn Mawr. Katelyn Miller assisted on the game-winner, and goalie Caitlin Cromwell had 13 saves. Julie Izer had five saves for the Patriots, who split their two regular-season meetings with the Eagles.

Institute of Notre Dame 3, Lutheran 2 -- The C Conference foes tied 1-1 through regulation and double overtime before the Indians won the shootout. Ariella Hopp, Alyssa Dondero and Michele Chmielewski scored in the shootout for the Indians. Lutheran goalie Megan Lastner made 25 saves in the game played at Bryn Mawr.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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