LADUE • They call her Dynamite Dinah for a reason.
Dinah Garrison, a Whitfield freshman, has recently added more power to an already deep offensive unit.
Dynamite was at her explosive best Friday afternoon.
Garrison scored on a picture-perfect deflection to break a tie and help spark the Warriors to a hard-fought 4-1 win over Rosati-Kain in a field hockey contest at Whitfield.
The diminutive Garrison scored in her third successive game to help the hosts record their fifth consecutive win.
"She's scored some big goals," Whitfield coach Maggie Young said.
Added senior standout Madison Walsh, "It's always great when one of the younger girls do something like that. It's exciting to see."
Walsh was her usual dominant self against the Kougars (4-8-1). She scored three goals and took the blistering shot Garrison tipped in from the left side of the net.
"I just wanted to get a piece of the stick on it. It was great when it went in," Garrison said.
Garrison has worked her way into lineup with hustle and determination. She can play all over the field and Young has used her in a variety of capacities.
One of the more popular underclassmen on a team with four seniors, Garrison's tally not only broke a tie, but sent Walsh into celebration mode. She jumped high in the air after the deflection and celebrated with more zest than she did on any of her goals.
"It shows that it's just not me or the seniors that can score," Walsh said. "It's everybody."
Walsh, who is headed to the University of Louisville, is second in the area with 20 goals after her fourth hat trick of the season.
She helped the Warriors break out of an early-game funk with a low drive five minutes into the contest.
"They were ready for us," Young said. "It took us a while, but we adjusted to their style. They have some forwards that were catching us off guard."
One of those was junior Bridget Kelly, who slammed a hard shot from the right wing past senior keeper Elena Sherertz just 21 seconds into the contest.
The Warriors (12-3-1) forged in front for good with just over eight minutes left in the 30-minute first half on Garrison's tally.
Walsh pumped the lead to 3-1 early in the second half by converting on a nice pass from freshman Audrey Jennings. Senior Lauren MacInnis set up Walsh's third tally with a nifty stick-to-stick cross.
MacInnis was happy with the way her team rallied after giving up the early goal.
"It thought we might dominate a lot more," MacInnis said. "But we finally got ourselves together."
Jessie Lebens, Lizzie Bell, Maria Pace and Carli Besemer created several good scoring chances for the Warriors, who have won nine of their last 10.
Rosati-Kain turned in a solid performance, especially in the first half.
"We wanted to try and outhustle them and try and mark their strong players," Rosati-Kain coach Julie Murphy. "We did that for a while. This is a feisty group of the girls."
The Kougars program, which began 14 years ago, recently recorded its 100th victory.
"We celebrated as a team and the school obviously celebrated," Murphy said. "At the end of the season, we're going to throw a big old party."