Maybe Archbishop Spalding coach Leslee Brady should have left yesterday's field hockey game with Garrison Forest at noon instead of moving it to 10 a.m.
The No. 5 Cavaliers needed almost that long to wake up.
No. 10 Garrison Forest struck quickly against the Cavaliers, scoring two first-half goals, but the home team rallied. Two goals less than four minutes apart in the second half earned Spalding a 2-2 tie in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
Unlike the mixed feelings after most ties in the IAAM, which does not allow overtime, the Cavaliers were happy with this one.
"Considering we were down 2-0 in the first half, it was a pretty good comeback," said defender Ashley Paschall. "Better a tie than a loss, though we sure would have liked to win."
On the other hand, the Grizzlies, coming off Tuesday's 2-1 victory over No. 3 Bryn Mawr, weren't so pleased.
"It was a little disappointing, because of how strong a first half we had," said Garrison back Lauren Sheets. "We came out a little rough in the second half. But we really found our game, and after they scored two goals, we were able to keep them from scoring again to beat us."
At halftime, Brady wasn't so sure her team could rebound.
"I always tell my team if you jump out to a 2-0 lead, you take a field hockey team right out of the game," she said, "and I was very proud that they didn't take themselves out of this game."
The Cavaliers (9-0-1, 4-0-1 conference) had averaged 3.7 goals a game, but in the first half, the Grizzlies (4-1-1, 2-1-1) rebuffed just about every attempt to attack and held Spalding to two shots. Garrison moved the ball quickly and found open passing lanes.
Kirby Houck scored on a reverse stick shot that caught the Cavaliers off guard, rolling 10 yards across the circle and curling inside the far post.
The Grizzlies made it 2-0 on a penalty corner with 10.6 seconds left in the half. Alexandra Ewing slammed a shot from the top of the corner that Emily Medina redirected sharply into the cage.
Ten minutes after the break, the Cavaliers answered on a corner play as Mo Brady hammered in a pass from Jennifer Rowan.
Rowan also set up the tying goal with 17:50 left when her shot died in the wet grass near the penalty stroke line and Caitlin Swift finished it off.
"It's a credit to them that they were able to take us out of a very strong performance in that first half," said Grizzlies coach Traci Davis.