Win puts Mt. de Sales alone in 1st


Most of Mount de Sales' current players were toddlers the last time the Sailors lost a regular-season game to Garrison Forest, and they made sure that did not change yesterday.

Using a high-powered offense and superior midfield ball control, the third-ranked Sailors built an early five-goal lead and never faltered en route to a 16-8 victory over No. 6 Garrison Forest yesterday.

The win gives the Sailors (9-0 overall, 4-0 league) sole possession of first place in the Association of Independent Schools A Division West league. The Grizzlies (6-2, 3-1) dropped to second.

Even though they have not lost a regular-season game to the Grizzlies in 15 years, the Sailors knew that their recent games had been close ones -- most within two goals.

They also remembered that the Grizzlies upset them in the AIS tournament three years ago.

"This is the game we were looking forward to all season," said senior Amy Buck, who led the Sailors with five goals and three assists.

"They were the closest match for us at least from what we saw. We really wanted to go out and win, so we came out all guns today."

The host Sailors rolled up a 3-0 lead in less than three minutes.

They controlled the early draws and rarely lost possession as Amy Buck, Christy Buck and Jamie Wissman scored the early goals.

Not much changed for the rest of the half as the Sailors outshot Garrison, 16-9, and increased their lead to 10-2 by halftime.

The Grizzlies twice cut the lead to four, the last time when Tricia Ward fed Melissa Riggs to pull within 6-2 with 13:07 left.

But the Sailors scored four straight goals -- three from Amy Buck and three assisted by Lisa Banbury -- to end the half.

The Sailors just had too many threats for the Grizzlies to stop. Aside from the Buck sisters, who scored five goals each, Wissman had three, all when her teammates found her wide open on the crease. Banbury, Katie O'Connell and Erin Appel added single goals.

"I don't think we were ready for their speed," said Garrison coach Karen Mallonee. "And they were playing great. They pass the ball great. There always seemed to be somebody open and they always found the free player."

In the second half, the Grizzlies rebounded to keep the margin at eight, but they never got closer despite outshooting the Sailors, 19-12.

"In the first half, they beat us to a lot of the balls," said Grizzlies center Missy Hopkins. "Second half, we turned our game around. We came back. If you look at the score it was 6-6. We tied the second half. We put forth our best effort and I think they did, too. I feel good about it, and there's always the tournament."

Jacque Weitzel led the Grizzlies with three goals while Hopkins and Riggs added two each.

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