It'll take place four days later than expected, but the field hockey showdown between the defending county champion Severna Park Falcons and the Broadneck Bruins shouldn't lack intensity.
The game, originally scheduled for yesterday at Severna Park High, was postponed because of periodic downpours and rescheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Severna Park.
The contest matches the county's two unbeaten squads. Severna Park is 9-0 overall, 8-0 against the league, and Broadneck is 8-0-1, 4-0-1.
"We won last year's game, 1-0, in overtime, so it's going to be highly competitive," said 16th-year Severna Park coach Lil Shelton, whose teams have won 10 county, nine regional and five state titles.
The Falcons won their last Class 4A state title over Montgomery County's Bethesda-Chevy Chase in 1988. Walter Johnson, also of Montgomery County, clipped the Falcons in overtime last year to win the Class 4A state championship.
Although Broadneck is coming off a 2-1 victory over Annapolis, ninth-year coach Phoebe Kelly and her Bruins watched their consecutive shutout streak end at seven.
Broadneck's senior keeper Amy Foster recorded her last shutout, 2-0, last weekend over Old Mill.
In front of Foster are two experienced senior defenders, Kristen Rheichard and Laura Gerrior, each of whom has excellent stick skills.
Senior forwards Krissy Borradail (10 goals, three assists) and Michelle Leonard (three, nine) will have to keep up the pressure or junior midfielder Rebecca Fink will have her work cut out for her in transition.
The defending county champion Falcons are riding the momentum of a non-league 2-0 win over St. Mary's (8-2, 2-0). Sophomore keepers Rachel Kidwell and Krissy Hartman shared their sixth shutout.
The Falcons get balanced scoring from seniors Tricia Gately (11 goals, two assists), Amy Dolan (eight, three), Petra Smeehuyzen (six, three) and junior Jen Stone (six goals).
Senior Shannon Fitzgerald and junior Lisa Hetrick have been the midfield leaders.