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Grizzlies knock off No. 12 St. Paul's for second straight IAAM A Conference win (VIDEO HERE!!)
Marina LazaridesWhile it’s relatively rare for a team to use a loss as a springboard toward a successful season, the Garrison Forest School lacrosse team seems to be doing just that in the ultra-competitive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference this spring.

Just one week after putting a scare into No. 1 McDonogh School before bowing, 11-9, the eighth-ranked Grizzlies used a 5-1 fourth-quarter run to hold off No. 12  St. Paul’s School for Girls for a key 11-10 A Conference victory Tuesday afternoon in Brooklandville.

“Our team is definitely more confident from that game, and we turned the confidence into energy,” said senior midfielder Marina Lazarides, who scored four goals and added two assists to pace Garrison Forest’s offense. “So we’re working better together this year.”

The Naval Academy commit was a big reason why the Grizzlies were able to walk away with their second conference win of the young season after totaling only three league wins in 2016 and just eight since 2011.

Winning five consecutive draws, scoring twice and feeding senior attacker Nicole LeGar for another goal down the stretch made Lazarides Garrison Forest’s most dangerous and versatile weapon in the game.

“Marina has been a steady-eddie for us all season,” Garrison Forest coach Lindsay Teeters said after her team upped its record to 2-1 overall and in the IAAM A. “She was great 1-vs-1 today and great at recognizing when she had space (to make a move).”

Lazarides said that she is a silent leader.

“I try to lead by example,” she said. “I’m not the loudest player on the field, so I try to pick up my team when we make mistakes or cheer them on when we do good.”

After sophomore midfielder Silva Kaylan won the opening draw for the Grizzlies, they took the lead when Lazarides fed sophomore attacker/midfielder Brooke Gottlieb for a goal.

The Gators (2-2, 1-2 IAAM A), who suffered a 13-12 loss to 13th-ranked Glenelg Country School a day earlier, bounced back to take a 2-1 advantage on goals by senior attacker Reid Sheehan, assisted by senior Allyson Pino, and senior midfielder Ashlyn McGovern.

Lazarides then tied it with a goal until junior Sophia Watkinson put St. Paul’s back on top, 3-2, with an assist from sophomore Caroline Pearce.

Garrison Forest junior midfielder Kennedy Scott-Lynch converted a feed from Le Gar to deadlock the score again before Pino fed senior Maggie Root to push St. Paul’s back in front at the intermission.

The second half was more of the same, with the Grizzlies tying the score four more times until Scott-Lynch gave them the lead for good at 8-7 on a quick lateral move to the left that gave the Maryland recruit just enough room to find the upper right corner of the goal with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation.

After that, Lazarides took over to the point where Garrison Forest held an 11-8 lead with less than two minutes left in the period.

The Gators had several chances to start their rally earlier, but were turned away by the Grizzlies’ promising freshman goalie Lexi Coldiron, who registered a dozen saves while her counterpart, junior Clare Boone, had six saves.

Even so, St. Paul’s was far from done.

The Gators snapped off two goals in 16 seconds by Sheehan and McGovern and were searching for the equalizer in the final seconds when an errant pass in the final seconds ended the threat.

“I think we got a little tired at the end, but we need to finish better,” St. Paul’s coach Mary Gagnon said. “The shots were there, we just have to put them away, and that will come with the season.”

Last Updated (Wednesday, 29 March 2017 21:42)



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