No. 1 Garrison Forest expects tough fight for A Conference crown

October 23, 2012|By Sandra McKee

Garrison Forest coach Traci Davis said her team, the No. 1 squad in The Baltimore Sun's poll, expects a very hard battle for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship in the field hockey playoffs that get underway Thursday.

The IAAM postseason begins with an opening-round game between St. Mary's and St. Paul's, with the winner advancing to Tuesday's quarterfinals, where it will meet two-time defending champion Garrison Forest.

No. 5 Bryn Mawr is scheduled to face Severn, while No. 8 Archbishop Spalding hosts No. 13 Notre Dame Prep and McDonogh plays at home against Roland Park. All games are at the higher seed Tuesday and will be played at 3:45 p.m.

“The seeding isn’t really surprising,” Davis said. “I’ve been following the results, so I’d have an idea of how teams would match up. But basically, when you get to the tournament, it’s a whole new ball game. Anything can happen -- and I mean anything. I don't know how the opening game will go. St. Paul’s is much improved and then, whoever gets through our [quarterfinal] game has to play the winner of Spalding/NDP and will be in for a very tough time.

“There is never an easy way to the finals. Look at McDonogh and Bryn Mawr, if the higher seeds advance in their [quarterfinal] games I think a matchup between those two could be quite something.”

Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik agrees with Davis.

“I think Garrison is very strong, but I also think it is anyone’s championship,” Budzik said. “They’ve had close games. We have. Everyone has. It only takes one ball [going in or not going in] to be the difference.”

Seton Keough is the No. 1 seed in the B Conference and Catholic High is No. 1 in the C Conference.

For complete brackets for A, B and C Conferences go to the IAAM website, and then click on the conference playoff bracket of your choice.

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