Fallston Goalie Is Tough On Opponents -- And Herself

April 14, 1991|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff writer

Talking to Fallston's Tammy Kloiber after a game might confuse someone about who won the game.

Although Kloiber celebrated with the rest of her Fallston girls lacrosse team after beating Bel Air, 13-6, Friday afternoon, she still had those six goals on her mind.

The junior two-season goalie led the Cougars to the state field hockey championship last fall, but she said she is still making the transition from field hockey to lacrosse.

"The attack player has more of an advantage in lacrosse, but I can't get used to the scoring. Ihave to learn to improve the mental part of the game. I get down on myself when a few goals go in," said Kloiber.

Still, the Cougars are 5-0. Kloiber's considerable physical skills often make up for her difficulty dealing with giving up goals in what is usually a high-scoring game. Her reflexes and anticipation are unmatched in the county,and Kloiber has no fear.

"She's just an excellent goalie," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson. "She can really get us fired up."

InFriday's victory at Bel Air, Kloiber kept the Cougars in the game inthe first half. She had 10 saves against 15 Bel Air shots while allowing just three goals.

Both Fallston and Bel Air scored tough overtime victories against strong Howard county teams on Tuesday. Bel Air(2-2) topped Glenelg, as Teri Fox scored the game-winner. Heather Heitz had four goals and two assists, while Marjie Wasson added three goals.

Fallston beat Centennial, 13-11, as Denise Sarver had five goals and Cindy Jenkins added four.

Kloiber tallied 18 saves against Centennial, but she admitted that giving up all those goals upset her. She was looking to bounce back at Bel Air.

"I look forward to this game (with Bel Air) every season, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball. It's an intense rivalry. I felt sick to my stomach all day," said Kloiber.

Kloiber snapped out of her pre-game jitters to make upfor a Cougar attack that fizzled out midway through the first quarter.

The Cougars, who also have a lot of talent around the rest of the field, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes, scoringon two of their first three shots. Cindy Jenkins scored a goal and assisted Meghan Williams on another.

Heitz got Bel Air on the boardscoring on free position, but Elise Andrews matched it with a similar goal for Fallston. Bel Air tied the game 3-3 on goals by Fox and Kristine Svec.

After Andrews' goal, the Cougars managed just three more shots in the last 10 minutes of the half. But Williams' second goal with 3 minutes, 33 seconds left gave Fallston a 4-3 lead.

Kloiber and solid man-to-man defense held the Bobcats scoreless on their final eight shots of the half.

Fallston looked excellent on transition and exploded for four goals early in the second half. BelAir never recovered. Although Fallston only had seven shots in the first half, it had 19 in the second half. They got off seven shots in the first3 1/2 minutes.

"We got down three goals, and we panicked a littlebit," said Bel Air coach Carol Barker. "We know when you get down three goals to a good team, you start getting away from what you do best. You start forcing things and pushing things that are not there. And that's what we did."

Jenkins and Williams led the Cougars with four goals each, while Andrews added three and Sarver, two. Jenkins, Andrews, Karen Battenfeld and Natalie Dwyer had assists.

Heitz led Bel Air with three goals, while Fox added two and Svec, one. Heitz and Fox also had assists.

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