So far this spring, Garrison Forest School has been the feel-good story of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference lacrosse season after matching last year’s league win total with over a month and plenty of games left on the schedule.
The Grizzlies’s 3-1 start in the A Conference, which included an impressive two-goal loss to eight-time defending champion McDonogh School, skyrocketed them from not being included in VSN’s Preseason Top 20 rankings all the way up to No. 8 in the current Top 20 list.
On Tuesday afternoon in Towson, however, Garrison Forest hit a big bump in the road at fifth-ranked Notre Dame Prep.
Coming off a successful weekend tourney in which they handled Catonsville High School, 13-9, and fell,10-9, in overtime to No. 17 Century High School, the Grizzlies were still flying pretty high until they met the deep and determined Blazers.
NDP canned four of its first five shots and added three more goals before Garrison could manage as much as a shot on goal in a 17-9 victory for the Blazers, who remain unbeaten in the early stages of the 2017 campaign.
“We needed our attackers to help our midfielders more than they did today, and they will,” Garrison Forest coach Lindsay Teeters said. “When we did get the ball, we just couldn’t keep possession, but we’re still young, and we’ll get there.”
Senior midfielder Keegan Barger and junior attacker Hannah Mardinay scored two goals apiece while senior midfielder Grace Haus, senior attacker Megan Jackson and junior attacker Caitlyn Mossman each added a score during the Blazers’ sizzling opening run.
The Grizzlies did not break through against NDP senior goalie Lucy Lowe until senior midfielder Sam Fiedler converted a feed from sophomore midfielder Kaylan Silva with just over a minute remaining in the first half.
A follow-up goal by Garrison Forest senior attacker Nicole LeGar made it a 7-2 game at the intermission as the Grizzlies tried to build momentum going into the second half.
It didn’ happen, though, because the Blazers added a pair of goals by Haus and Barger early in the final period before the visitors from Owings Mills made it 9-4 on back-to-back goals by senior midfielder Marina Lazarides and Fiedler with 17 minutes to go.
After Haus and Jackson both converted feeds from Mossman to bolster NDP’s advantage to 11-4, Garrison struck back once more on a Lazarides quick-stick.
Yet three more goals by junior attacker MP Suter, Mossman and senior midfielder Gil Eby, the latter after a ferocious ride, put the game out of reach.
“We definitely did not want to underestimate them, that’s for sure,” said Johns Hopkins commit Barger, who finished with four goals, an assist, and added sparkling defensive work with senior classmates Emily Cooper and Halle Regan and juniors Jordan Tilley and Maddie Johnston on the backline. “They’re good dodgers, so we always needed a good backer (for slides) behind us.”
Despite yielding 17 goals, Garrison Forest freshman goalie Lexi Coldiron still recorded 12 saves and had another excellent clearing game.
“Their goalie is very good and she kept them in the game,” said NDP coach Mac Ford, whose Blazers (8-0, 4-0 A Conference) will travel to No. 11 Roland Park Country School for a key A Conference battle on Thursday before meeting New York teams Bronxville and Mt. Sinai over the weekend. “But we have a good goalie, too, who wasn’t even recruited this time last year but was signed by Penn State over the summer.”
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME PREP 17, NO. 8 GARRISON FOREST 9
GFS 2 7 - 9
NDP 7 10 - 17
Goals: Garrison - Samantha Fiedler 4, Marina Lazarides 2, Kaylan Silva 2, Nicole LeGar; NDP - Keegan Barger 4, Hannah Mardiney 3, Grace Haus 3, Caitlyn Mossman 2, Megan Jackson 2, Jordan Sabourin, MP Suter, Gil Eby.
Assists: Garrison - Kaylan Silva, Anna Bennet; NDP - Caitlyn Mossman 4, Keegan Barger, Grace Haus, Hannah Mardiney, Katie Riehl.
Saves: Garrison - Lexi Coldiron 12; NDP - Lucy Lowe 5, Drew Yager.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 05 April 2017 06:59)