The Catonsville girls lacrosse team came into the Comet Invitational lacrosse tournament on Saturday with two chances to earn its first victory of the season.
They came close in the opener of the three-team tournament, but lost to Century, 9-7.
After watching Century nip No. 8 Garrison Forest, 10-9, in overtime, in the second game of the tournament, the Comets faced a hungry squad and the Grizzlies prevailed, 13-9.
Kaylan Silva scored three goals and Marina Lazarides, Brooke Gottlieb and Sam Fielder had two each to lead the Grizzlies (4-2).
Lazarides added three assists and Anna Bennett had a goal and two assists for the winners.
Kayla Wood (4 goals, 1 assist) led the Comets (0-4).
Time of possession was the key for the Grizzlies and they controlled the ball and the clock in the second half, after leading 6-4 at halftime.
Silva won won each of the first three draws with Sam Fiedler and Nicole LeGar scooping ground balls on two of them and the Grizzlies kept the ball in the Comet half of the field for the first nine minutes of the second half.
During that time, the lead expanded to 8-4 on goals by Fiedler and Lazarides.
“The draw and possession is always key," Garrison Forest coach Lindsay Teeters said. "If you can get the draw, it makes a difference.”
Catonsville didn't cross midfield until Kolby Weedon's clear with 15:40 left in the game.
Weedon's high shot with 15:35 left was the first of the second half, but the Comets retained the ball and Wood scored with 14:54 left to make it 8-5.
Garrison's Silva scored on a free position goal with 11:41 left, but the Comets rallied with a pair of tallies.
After Wood won a draw, Brittany Stevens scored an unassisted goal with 11 minutes remaining and Wood cut it to 9-7 on with 9:51 left.
The Grizzlies responded with scores from Silva, Kennedy Scott-Lynch and Fiedler to give them a 12-7 cushion
Catonsville responded with a goal by Leah Marshall with 4:43 left and Wood assisted Stevens with 3:44 left to make it 12-9, but they only got one more possession the rest of the way and Olivia Sokol capped the scoring for the Grizzlies.
In the second half, the Comets scored on five of their first six possessions in Garrsion's half of the field.
"That's a positive," Catonsville coach Cantey Bailey said.
It was also a credit to the way the Grizzlies protected the ball.
“That was definitely a big factor," Lazarides said. "We had to make sure we were holding possession.”
They also got goals from eight different players.
"Our whole team contributes something," Lazarides said. "We work it around and make sure we get the good looks.”
Bailey hoped the Comets would force the action more as they did in the loss to Century.
“There was no sense of urgency. We didn’t really have that this game,” Bailey said. “We had it against Century, but we just didn’t have it this game and that’s unfortunate, but I guess that’s what you get when you play two games so close together.”
Teeters wasn't sure how her team would respond playing back-to-back games.
“We were still mentally thinking about the first game,” Teeters said. “Any time you lose in an overtime situation, especially when you’ve had the ball, it's tough. “Normally you have a day or two to get back in. We had five minutes.”
The Grizzlies, who only lost to defending IAAM champion McDonogh by two goals, 12-10, are off to a strong start and the rest of the metro area is starting to take notice.
“Teams know who Garrison is," Teeters said. "They want to beat Garrison. They want to beat a ranked team, so we are trying to find that balance between being humble about our ranking, but still staying hungry and still staying ready for any opponent that comes at you. Century did a nice job of attacking up and at least with Catonsville we were able to bounce back.”
Catonsville, losers to defending state champion Manchester Valley, 11-4, in its opener and to Baltimore County champion Hereford, 15-10, is still seeking its first win after having games against Loch Raven and Dulaney washed out last week.
“We need a 'W,'” said Bailey, who squad hosts Perry Hall on Wednesday, April 5 and plays at Loch Raven on April 6.
The coach hopes to have starting defender Ashlyn Cunningham back this week after she missed the tournament because she was sick.
Midfielder Maggie Marion was also injured for the tournament and senior co-captain Claire Pendleton was hurt in the game against Century.
Bailey sees progress, but can sense the team's frustration in the mounting losses.
“I think every game they are improving more and more," she said. “They play like a team. They want to be around each other. They enjoy being around each other and I think eventually that is going to come around and that is really going to help us out in the long run, hopefully sooner, rather than later.”
Garrison Forest 13
Goals: Kaylan Silva 3, Marina Lazarides 2, Brooke Gottlieb 2, Sam Fiedler 2, Nicole LeGar 1, Anna Bennett 1, Kennedy Scott-Lynch 1, Olivia Sokol 1.
Assists: Lazarides 3, Bennett 2, Fiedler 1.
Goals: Kayla Wood 4, Brittany Stevens 2, Stefana Avara 1, Kolby Weedon 1, Leah Marshall 1.
Assists: Stevens 1, Wood 1.
GF: Lexi Coldiron 2
Cat: Amber Weedon 8
Halftime: GF 6 Cat. 4