No. 2 Garrison Forest was fortunate to escape with a 1-1 tie Friday in its home match with rival Notre Dame Prep.
NDP’s Kendal Packo gave the visitors a 1-0 lead 2:44 into the second half, and NDP held that lead – thanks to a strong defensive effort by Lauren Young and Morgan Voelkel - until Garrison’s Geagy Pritchard tied it with just 1:19 left in regulation.
There was a frenzy of action in overtime, mostly in front of the Garrison goal, where Grizzlies goalie Kendall Kuntz (13 saves) was tested multiple times by NDP breakaways.
"We have to work on our shot timing on breakaways, but their goalie had phenomenal saves and sliding tackles in the overtime," said NDP coach Maggie Huether, whose team had lost 1-0 to Garrison Forest earlier this season and was handicapped by 19 penalty corners Friday. "I told my girls, there is no way we’re going into the playoffs with Garrison two wins up on us. We all wanted to win. But this isn't a loss. Coming out of here with a tie is good."
Garrison Forest (14-1-2) will go into the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Red Division, while NDP (8-2-3) will have the second seed among Red teams.
The IAAM begins its postseason with a play-in game Oct. 28. The IAAM championships will be played Nov. 5 and 6.
They could include another Garrison-NDP matchup.
"We played an exciting championship final against Garrison last year," said Huether, whose team dropped that final to the Grizzlies. "We're hoping to make it back to the final this year and have a rematch."
Notre Dame Prep 1, No. 2 Garrison Forest 1
1-1 (tie after OT)
Goals: NDP- Packo; GF – Pritchard. Assists: NDP- Federico. GF – Adler.
Saves: NDP Bridges (10). GF - Flax (6), Kuntz (13)