At the end of yesterday's field hockey game, Bryn Mawr goalie Abby Bisbee embraced her counterpart, Garrison Forest's Emily Cain.
Friends for a few years through camps and the Futures Program, the goalies had plenty of praise for each other after a handful of superb saves highlighted a 0-0 overtime tie in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
"It's great that we're friends, so after the game we can really look at each other and say, 'That was a great game,' because we know we both gave it all," Cain said.
Each goalie had a couple of highlight-reel stops, including a few in 10 minutes of sudden-death overtime.
Bisbee's most striking save came against Eliza Blue's shot with about six minutes left in overtime. Blue took a perfectly aimed shot at the left corner, but Bisbee lunged and, with her right foot, made the stop in the air.
The junior made three saves in overtime and a total of 12.
Cain, a sophomore who finished with six saves, made one early in overtime when she came out to challenge Sarah Cole on a fast break.
Bisbee said the rivalry - a strong one since the No. 2 Mawrtians beat the No. 7 Grizzlies in the A Conference final last season - only lasts until the game ends, especially for the goalies.
"All goalies really are connected in some way, because we're such a small community. Everyone knows everyone," Bisbee said.
The goalies also said they owed a debt of gratitude to their defensive units in a hard-fought effort on a summer-like 91-degree day.
Both teams have rebuilt their defenses from last season, and they look just as strong.
The Grizzlies' unit of Ana Henrich, Bayley Mullan, Megan Mullan and Christine Knauss had the difficult assignment of slowing speedy Marwtians forward Cole, who had four fast breaks.
Garrison Forest (7-1-1, 5-1-1 conference) now has six shutouts.
For the Mawrtians (9-0-1, 6-0-1), Hilary Wilson, Jenny Noon, Creaghan Peters, Bailey Johnson and Annie Thomas notched their eighth shutout of the season.
"It was really intense. Everybody, you could tell, just wanted it and it was such an emotional game, going back and forth. It was anybody's game at any time," said Henrich, who celebrated her 16th birthday yesterday.
The offenses will get another shot at Bisbee, Cain and their tight defenses when the rivals meet again in the season finale Oct. 23 at Garrison Forest. email@example.com