After sitting out a game and a half with a sprained ankle, Garrison Forest's Martha Plack was glad just to get back in the game yesterday. She felt even better about scoring the winning goal in the No. 3 Grizzlies' 1-0 field hockey victory at No. 10 Archbishop Spalding.
The Grizzlies dominated for much of the game before Plack deflected in a long pass from Liza Blue with 4:18 left. It was the Grizzlies' 16th shot, and it came just after their 10th penalty corner.
"It was getting kind of frustrating," Plack said. "Their goalie was really good. We had a hard time getting it past her."
Cavaliers goalie Ciarra Delost had nine saves, and defenders Emma Spencer, Claire Billingsley and Shannon Palmer combined for four stick saves. The Grizzlies outshot Spalding 19-4.
"They're an awesome team," Spencer said. "Our defense really stepped up. We had really good communication and we worked together really nicely, and Ciarra did awesome in goal."
Yesterday's game was a rematch of last season's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship, also won by Garrison Forest. But the Grizzlies (7-1 overall, 5-0 conference) had to fight off the Cavaliers (5-3-1, 2-2-1) several times in the second half.
Garrison Forest goalie Emily Cain had two saves, including one against Andrea Scardina midway through the half. Minutes earlier, Kaitlyn May's shot deflected off a defender's stick and over Cain's head, but it landed atop the cage.
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CENTURY 2, MIDDLETOWN 0: : Jill Remenapp scored her team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season to lift the Knights (6-2) over the visiting Knights. The game was a rematch of last season's 2A regional championship, which Century won, 2-0.
MCDONOGH 2, MOUNT DE SALES 1, OT: : Alissa Pellino scored on a fast break early in overtime to give the Eagles (7-1) the win over the visiting Sailors.
NORTH HARFORD 1, NO. 9 TOWSON 1 (North Harford wins on penalty strokes, 5-3): : The Hawks (1-4) came up big during the penalty strokes phase as they outlasted the visiting Generals (2-1). With the score 1-0 Towson in the first half, Lauren Chatham received a pass off a corner and tied the game. After two overtime periods did not produce a winner, North Harford scored on its first two penalty strokes to go up 2-0 and held on for the victory.
NO. 8 CALVERT HALL 1, LOCH RAVEN, 0: : Zach Wenger scored from 30 yards out three minutes into the game for the visiting Cardinals (3-2-2).
GOOD COUNSEL 3, NO. 5 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 2, 2 OT: : Katelyn Egan scored in the 94th minute to give the visiting Falcons (4-2-1) the win over the Cavaliers (6-1-1). Crystal Koczot scored on a penalty kick to give Good Counsel a 1-0 lead in the second half, and Erica Page tied the score two minutes later with her seventh goal of the season. The teams then traded goals to send the match into overtime.
ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2, ST. TIMOTHY'S 1, OT: : Sophomore Sarah Castle scored her second goal of the game six minutes into overtime to lead the visiting Eagles (7-0) over St. Timothy's (3-2).
BRYN MAWR 3, ROLAND PARK 2: : Junior Erica Choo upset Lindsay Katz, the 2007 Sun Player of the Year, to lead the visiting Mawrtians (4-0) past the Reds (3-1). Choo won, 6-1, 6-3, to give Bryn Mawr the victory in a matchup of two previously undefeated teams.
NO. 1 CENTENNIAL 3, RESERVOIR 0:: Sophomore Samantha Brostrom had 10 kills to lead the Eagles (6-0) over the visiting Gators (2-4), 25-13, 25-23, 25-14. She also had 10 digs and was 16-for-16 serving with three aces. With the Eagles down 22-17 in the second game, Brostrom ran off five consecutive points on her serve.