Yesterday's showdown between No. 3 Garrison Forest and No. 5 Bryn Mawr lived up to every bit of its advanced billing. Unfortunately, nobody won.
The two unbeaten teams battled to a 1-1 standoff in a rematch of last year's AIS A Division tournament championship. After the game, though, Garrison Forest enjoyed at least the emotional edge.
"It's a good tie, because they did score on us first and it's always good to know your team is not going to back down when they're scored on," said Garrison coach Micul Ann Morse.
While visiting Bryn Mawr (5-0-1) hoped to avenge last year's 2-0 loss in the tournament final, the Grizzlies (3-0-1) actually scored a payback of their own with a goal in the last 11 minutes to deny the Mawrtians their revenge.
"They were more pumped up because of last year," said Garrison forward Lauren Klein. "But this year, we have a new team and we've tried to put last year behind us. They had something to prove to us, but I think we had something to prove to them."
Grizzlies goalie Jacque Weitzel saved two Bryn Mawr shots in the first five minutes of the second half before the Mawrtians finally got past her.
After Weitzel saved Kim Smith's shot, the Grizzlies cleared the ball out but it came right back at them. Katie MacColl sent a crossing pass to Kate Cole, who drove it high into the cage past a leaping Weitzel.
Three minutes later Mawrtians' keeper Ellen Phillips saved Devin Fitzpatrick's point-blank shot, but she never had a chance at Courtney Austin's game-tying shot with 10:20 left.
HTC Klein started the scoring drive beating two defenders down the left sideline. She crossed the ball to the cage where Phillips tried to clear it away. Cantey Boyd caught the clear attempt with her stick deflecting it to Austin for the shot.
"We played a great game, but we had a little breakdown on the fast break," said Bryn Mawr coach Jeannette Budzik.
"We haven't had any experience against that, so it was new to us and it was definitely something we can learn from. I'm glad it happened now and ended in a tie instead of happening and ending in a loss."
Mawrtians All-Metro midfielder Emily Hickman said, "I guess it was a good tie, because now we can fix the little things and we know if we see [Garrison] again, it will be an even bigger matchup."
* Calvert Hall 4, Gilman 1: Ryan Smith scored twice, Nick Chavis had a goal and an assist, and Cam Letke scored a goal as the visiting and No. 6 Cardinals (8-3-1, 5-3-1) hammered No. 12 Gilman (5-5-1, 4-4) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
The Greyhounds' lone goal was scored by Steve Beverage.