It was the final game of the regular season for No. 1 Garrison Forest and No. 5 Bryn Mawr on Monday. The Grizzlies didn't take any chances as they spent much of last week working on an offensive attack that could elude the Mawrtians' strong defense.
What worked for Garrison Forest was a quick moving attack that didn't allow Bryn Mawr to set up its defensive wall and the result was a 4-1 victory. The win may be the first perfect regular season for Garrison Forest in the school's history, coach coach Traci Davis said .
"I know if we've ever been undefeated before, there have always been ties," Davis said. "For us to do this, to go 17-0, in this league is quite something. And today's win against a formidable opponent is a big win."
Garrison Forest wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Bayly Jarrett scored on a corner play with 28 minutes, 37 seconds to play in the first half. Brook Adler scored with 8:12 left in the half, and Jarrett and Erica Marshall each scored in the second half.
"We practiced passing out wide and a bunch of give-and-goes to get around their defense," Jarrett said. "We knew it was going to be a hard game because they're our most challenging opponent."
Despite a strong effort by Bryn Mawr's senior goalie Claire Edelman (10 saves), Garrison held a 4-0 lead with 22:14 left in the game.
Even though the score looked lopsided, the game was not. Bryn Mawr (16-4) was on the attack in Garrison Forest's end for eight consecutive minutes in the first half and after Mawrtian Molly Danko eluded four defenders bringing the ball up the field and scored with 15:05 to play, Bryn Mawr had another six minute period in which it had six of its 10 corner opportunities, but could not score.
"We did a good job trying to keep up with Garrison," said Danko, a senior. "But Garrison Forest is always a great team. . . . We just hope to see them again in the playoffs and change the outcome."
The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland has not yet completed its brackets for its field hockey playoffs, but the A Conference tournament begins Thursday with a play-in game between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds.
"We've played Garrison twice this season," Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik said. "The first time they dominated and won, 2-0. This time, we were more evenly matched and they won, 4-1. I think the score didn't reflect the back and forth of the game."
And the Grizzlies aren't putting too much stock in their recent history either.
"I think what we've done so far is pretty awesome," senior defender Claire Forbes said. "But I think we're going to go into the playoffs not thinking too much of ourselves. All the other teams in our conference are really good."