Two-time defending champion and No. 1-ranked Garrison Forest dominated play from the beginning of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game to the end of the first overtime Sunday. But it wasn't enough to beat No. 6 Bryn Mawr, which used two corner opportunities to upset the Grizzlies, 2-1, in double overtime.
"We hadn't been able to beat Garrison since the 2006 championship game," said Bryn Mawr senior Evie Freeman, who tapped the ball over the stick of Garrison goalkeeper Emily Cain for the game-winner. "That's been on our minds every second of this year."
A large crowd turned out for both the A and B Conference championship games at Goucher College despite sometimes-heavy rain.
Garrison Forest (17-2-2) took the lead with 1:15 left in the first half on a goal by Cody Magness. That 1-0 advantage held up until 9:45 of the second, when Bailey Johnson tied the game, 1-1, on a corner play.
Bryn Mawr played superb defense with freshman Caroline Joy clearing two balls off the goal line, including one 6:45 into the first overtime. She, Cecilia Depman and Johnson anchored the effort that kept the Mawrtians in the game long enough to win.
The Mawrtians (18-3-2) earned their eighth championship.
"I think if you add up the time of possession and the quality of possession, you'll find that we had the advantage," Garrison coach Traci Davis said. "But in sports as in life, things don't always work out the way you want them to."
McDonogh 1, Glenelg Country School 0, OT: : With 6:24 left in overtime and shortly after sophomore defender Corinne Etchison stopped a breakaway by the Dragons' Sam Weinstein, the top-seeded Eagles' Hannah Deoul backhanded the ball into the net for the victory.
It was the third straight IAAM B Conference championship for the 16-2 Eagles, who move up to the A Conference next season.
"Not having a perfect season made us so much more mentally strong," said Deoul, who did not score a goal until the playoffs, when she had back-to-back game-winners.
Sunday, Deoul scored on a corner play when Kimmy Hilson played a "perfect setup shot."
"We practiced that play so much," she said. "My assignment is to play on the goalie and when the ball came, I was just able to backhand it in."
Said Glenelg Country coach Jessica McAdams, whose team went from 1-11-1 last year to 14-5-1. "I'm very proud of my team. ... We only lose two starters and we're looking forward to next year."