The beat continues for Garrison Forest School’s field hockey team. The top-ranked Grizzlies defeated No. 7 Bryn Mawr School, 2-0, Thursday afternoon in a battle of unbeatens in the IAAM A Conference.
Bayly Jarrett and Erica Marshall tallied second half for goals for Garrison Forest (8-0 overall, 7-0 IAAM A) while Kendall Kuntz stopped four shots to post her seventh shutout. Claire Edelman had eight saves for Bryn Mawr (7-1, 6-1 IAAM A).
In claiming sole possession of first in the IAAM A, Garrison Forest extended its unbeaten streak to 24 games, dating back to last season. The Owings Mills school is unbeaten in its last 34 against league competition.
The two-time reigning league champ Grizzlies approach each game as an opportunity to start an one-game win streak.
“We don’t talk about it, we just know what our job is,” said Kuntz, “to keep winning and putting the ball in the cage.”
“We really go game-by-game. I didn’t know there was a streak [in IAAM] until it was printed and don’t actually care we have it,” said Garrison Forest co-coach Traci Davis. “It’s nice for the school and all teams who’ve built the record, but what’s important to us right now is Roland Park tomorrow and thinking about this Bryn Mawr game.”
Despite winning the key offensive categories, Garrison Forest could never relax against a resilient Bryn Mawr defensive unit. In the first half, Garrison Forest outshot Bryn Mawr, 9-0 with four penalty corners.
It didn’t take long for the Grizzlies to breakthrough in the second half. Jarrett took a pass from Megan Rossi and fired a shot past Edelman, a little over a minute into the second half.
“At the end of the first half I got a corner shot and totally messed it up,” said Jarrett. “I had to get the other one in.”
Off a restart, Geagy Pritchard sent a shot into the circle that Edelman came out to contest. After a brief scrum, the ball rolled out to Marshall who stuck it in the left corner with about nine minutes remaining.
“We made a couple of adjustments in how we took the ball down the field and I think it opened things up,” said Davis, whose team outshot Bryn Mawr, 18-3.
Kuntz and the backline of Claire Schuler, Merritt Davis, Garland Mooney and Claire Forbes closed the door on Bryn Mawr’s offense. The Mawrtians managed just three shots on goal and didn’t get their first penalty corner attempt until midway in the second half.
“We had a little moving the ball, transitioning to the attack,” said Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik, who commended the defensive efforts of Caroline Joy and Sophie Freeman. “Once we got on attack, we did have some punch.”
The Mawrtians said they’re looking forward to the rematch in a couple of weeks on Northern Parkway. With a host of tough league games still ahead, Garrison Forest has an even keel approach.
“They’re a very fun group,” said Davis. “They take the game seriously but themselves not too seriously.”
No. 1 Garrison Forest School 2, No. 7 Bryn Mawr School 0
Goals: Garrison Forest – Jarrett, Marshall
Assists: Garrison Forest – Rossi
Saves: Bryn Mawr – Edelman 8; Garrison Forest – Kuntz 4
Halftime: Tied at 0