The Bryn Mawr coaching staff decided to move Ellie Degarmo from defense to forward in early January to boost the Mawrtians' first line.
The change has especially paid off in the season's last week.
Degarmo scored 11 goals in the last two games, including five in the 12-7 victory over Academy of Holy Cross, of Kensington, Friday in the consolation final of the Maryland Girls High School Hockey League at Gardens Ice House in Laurel.
"She has a knack for scoring and a lot of drive," Bryn Mawr coach Delbert Adams said. "She has played very well with the other two players (Lindsay DeMuth, Caroline Joy) to give us a very strong first line."
Bryn Mawr (6-5) also received strong performances from DeMuth (3 goals, 4 assists), Joy (2, 3) and goalie Stuart Ferrell (22 saves).
Degarmo and DeMuth were at their best in the third when each scored two goals to help the Mawrtians take control.
Holy Cross (5-6) trimmed the lead to 8-7 in the middle of the final period on senior Gracie Shewell's sixth goal of the game. She knocked in her own rebound.
"She is a heck of a player and probably one of the strongest players we ever played against," Adams said of the Plymouth State University recruit.
But that was the last goal Shewell scored as Bryn Mawr closed with four straight.
Joy beat goalie Stephanie Wheeler on a wrist shot to the left corner with 7:01 remaining, and about two minutes later, Degarmo notched her fifth goal.
DeMuth scored twice in the final 4:24
"Their top line are great team players," Holy Cross coach Patrick Bauer said. "They play very well as a unit and they always find the back door to get the goal."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun