Bethesda-CC beats S. Carroll for 3A title

November 15, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

South Carroll's magic ride through the Class 3A field hockey tournament ended yesterday against a more talented Bethesda-Chevy Chase team.

The charged-up Barons set the tone for the day with a nifty goal by Sara Warlick just 3:12 into the game and went on to dominate the Cavaliers for a 3-0 victory in the 3A title game at Goucher College.

The victory gave Bethesda-CC revenge for a 1-0 loss to South Carroll in the 3A title game last year. The goal scored by the Cavaliers in that game was the only one allowed by the Barons all season.

Naturally, Bethesda-CC wanted South Carroll badly in this 3A title rematch. And the Barons (14-1) got exactly what they wanted against the Cavaliers (8-3-5).

"I love revenge," said Warlick who made a determined individual move through the South Carroll defense for the first goal. "We came out hard in the first three or four minutes."

Alison Segal and Amy Allen scored for Bethesda-CC in the second half. The top-seed Barons outshot the third-seed Cavaliers 17-2 and had a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners.

Before the Cavaliers came up one game short, they had surprisingly outscored Linganore, Thomas Johnson and Kenwood, 10-1, to make it to the championship game.

South Carroll had entered the 3A tournament with a 5-2-5 record and didn't figure to make it to the final. But coach Stacy Stem got her team "doing all the things we couldn't do in the regular season."

It's just that Stem couldn't stem the Bethesda-CC tide that featured more talent.

"B-CC was good but they were beatable," said Stem. "Our girls just put them on a pedestal because of their good record and all they heard about them. I kept telling them they were beatable."

When Stem was asked why a defending state champion team would give so much respect to its opponents, she said: "We lost eight starters from the championship team, so most of these girls weren't a part of that team."

South Carroll's top two players, link Patti Duffy and forward Tracie DiDio, never showed too much of the talent they had displayed previously.

Stem thought the speedy DiDio was virtually taken out of the game early in the second half when she got hit in the head with a stick.

"Tracie wasn't the same after that," said Stem.

None of the South Carroll players showed much aggressiveness throughout the game.

But there were a couple of chances early in the second half for the Cavaliers to tie the game.

The first chance came on off a penalty corner four minutes into the second half but South Carroll didn't come close to converting.

Then Bethesda-CC made it 2-0 with a little more than 12 minutes left in the game on the Segal goal, and that took more wind out of the Cavaliers' sails.

But Bethesda-CC coach Michael Carroll summed up the day: "I thought we were a little physically better than they were."

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