Since practice began in August, Diane Parisi and her Severna Park field hockey teammates have heard coach Lillian Shelton encourage them to "get the ball to your teammates."
Parisi, filling in at midfield in yesterday's state tournament semifinals at Goucher College, controlled a loose ball on the right wing and struck a pass across the goal mouth to the stick of Jen Stone.
"I just wanted to get it to a teammate," said Parisi, after the Falcons (15-0) had edged Old Mill, 1-0.
Stone, also a senior, knew exactly what she had to do with 5:48 remaining.
"I was just sitting there, waiting to pop in a shot," said Stone, who has "popped in" 16 goals this season.
Severna Park had dominated Old Mill in the first half, outshooting the Patriots 17-3, but the second half was more evenly played until Parisi and Stone combined for the game-winner.
Parisi was in position to make her pass because she had replaced Lisa Hetrick, who earlier was struck on the hand by the ball.
"I don't know if it's broken," said Shelton. "It could be a bad bruise. We certainly hope she'll be able to play by Saturday."
That when the Falcons will face Westminster for the state Class 4A championship (2 p.m.). Westminster (14-1) nipped Magruder, 1-0, in the other 4A semifinal yesterday as Aurora Brown scored off a pass from Judie Marrus.
* In 3A semifinal action yesterday, Bethesda-Chevy Chase stopped C. Milton Wright, 1-0, as Betsy Allen assisted on a goal by Lindsay Hauck. South Carroll stunned co-defending champ Calvert in the other semifinal, 1-0.
In Class 1A play, Pocomoke defeated Francis Scott Key, 2-0, and Easton slipped past Rising Sun, 1-0.
Class 2A play begins tomorrow with Towson facing Middletown and Chopticon playing Elkton. Both games start at 3 p.m.
* McDonogh is being overlooked no longer in the Catholic League soccer tournament.
Lightly regarded as the third seed behind Mercy and St. Mary's, McDonogh thrust itself into the spotlight with a 3-2 shootout victory over St. Mary's to move into tomorrow's championship final against Mercy (5:30 at Utz Field).
Mercy (13-1-2) got two goals from Robyn DePasquale in downing fourth-seeded John Carroll (6-7-4), 4-0, to set up the final.
"Nobody feels we have a chance. We know we have a chance," said McDonogh coach Ted Scocos, who starts nine freshmen and sophomores in the school's second Catholic League season.
"We knew we would beat them if it got to penalty kicks. We worked on penalty kicks three hours this week, and this is a gutty bunch. We're not good, but we're getting there."
McDonogh (10-7-2), which lost twice to St. Mary's (13-3-1) in the regular season, trailed 1-0 until Debbie Johnson took the rebound of her shot off Saints goalkeeper Erin Hon and tied the game with 11 minutes left in regulation.
Then, after Liz McGonagle assisted Maureen McDonogh on the go-ahead goal after 4:30 of overtime, Johnson capitalized on a misplayed clearing pass to beat the onrushing Hon and send the game to a shootout.
In the best-of-five, McDonogh's Ann Kimberling and Christine Coroneos sandwiched goals around one by Meredith Kennedy of St. Mary's. Debbie Hantman sealed the 3-1 shootout.
* That was the sixth shutout of the season that Franklin goalkeeper Eric Monroe got in the Indians' 3-0 regional final victory over Dundalk late Saturday night. Monroe had played midfield until this season for Franklin, which opens in the state Class 3A tournament semifinals against No. 1-ranked Centennial Saturday (5 p.m.) at Gaithersburg High. Walt Whitman faces Thomas Stone in the other 3A semifinal.
Franklin coach Bob Herring said his team has been playing very well over the last five games. Against Dundalk, Brent Horter, Craig Miller and Kevin Rhoads each scored. Justin Fuchs and Vinnie Santoro each had an assist.
In Friday's semifinal action, Dulaney faces Churchill and Meade takes on Bowie in Class 4A at Arundel (5 and 7:30 p.m.). In Class 2A at Catonsville Community College, Liberty meets Rockville and Towson tackles Parkside (5 and 7:30). In Class 1A on Saturday at South Hagerstown, Fallston plays Wilde Lake and Easton meets Clear Spring (5 and 7:30).
* The MSA senior football all-stars need a lighted practice site to work out before the Greater Baltimore Football Classic, set for Dec. 8 at Poly (12:30 p.m.). The Baltimore County all-stars have lighted fields at Kenwood or Owings Mills, but city officials have told the MSA there's no money to turn on the lights at Druid Hill Park for its practices this year.
Poly athletic director Mark Schlenoff, who co-chairs the event with Baltimore County's Ron Belinko, said the MSA is hoping someone in the community can provide a lighted field for about eight weeknights.
"Our only alternative would be to split the field with the Baltimore County team and travel to that site," said Schlenoff. "We're hoping we can secure a site somewhere in the city."