With a playoff game looming Tuesday against Catholic High, Glenelg Country School coach Barbara Brummett shuffled the pairings for yesterday's tournament hoping the two would not meet.
But the plan backfired.
Both lost close first-round games to Washington-area teams, so they met anyway in the consolation game of the Glenelg Country School Invitational Tournament.
For the second time this season, the Dragons won a lopsided contest. Robin Zimmerly scored five goals and Divina Walker added four as the Dragons (9-3) took a 14-3 victory.
"We really didn't want to have to play them three times this season," said Brummett. "But they surprised us at the beginning, especially the girls who were tired and thought it would be easy right off the bat."
The Cubs (2-10) took a 2-0 lead on goals by Jessica Peacock and Cara Reinhardt in the first six minutes.
"What hurt us and has been hurting us this past week is the basics, catching and throwing," said Zimmerly, a senior midfielder. "We can outrun a team, we can outshoot them, but if we can't catch and throw, we're going to have more turnovers than anything."
The Dragons also struggled a bit on attack without one of their leading scorers, junior Carrie Everett. She missed the game to try out for the South regional schoolgirl team that will play for a national championship Memorial Day weekend.
Without Everett, the Dragons were not as smooth in setting up their attack. That hurt them more in a first-round 8-7 loss to eventual tournament champ Holy Cross than against Catholic.
After the Cubs took their quick lead, the Dragons turned the game around with four straight goals.
Allison Hoke scored against the double-team and then Zimmerly tied it with a transition goal sparked by Megan Duzor's midfield ground ball.
Hoke fed Zimmerly for another goal and Walker popped in a ground ball for a 4-2 lead with 8:59 to go.
Gretchen Frey ran in to bring the Cubs within 4-3 a minute later, but the Cubs could get nothing more past goalie Julie Everett (eight saves) and a defense anchored by Duzor, Jessica Brendel, Elena Diaz-Martin, Joyelle McCullogh and Ashley Baugh.
In the second half, the Cubs managed just four shots and Everett stopped them all. The Dragons scored eight goals on 18 second-half shots and outshot the Cubs 34-12 in the game.
The two meet again Tuesday at Glenelg in an Association of Independent Schools B Division quarterfinal game. The Dragons are seeded second in the tournament behind defending champ Park.
Already this year, the Dragons have gone to the B Division title games in field hockey and basketball. This time, however, things are a bit different.
"We're not going in as the top seed and unbeaten," said Brummett, whose team lost to Park and Oldfields in the regular season. "I think the other two games, we expected to win it because we had beaten those teams before. We didn't go in with the desire that we needed to have to win the game. This time, we're not the team to beat, so we know we have to work harder."