Pikesville wins region final, 1-0 Field hockey

November 04, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

You can excuse Pikesville field hockey coach Tim Fowler if he seemed a little bleary-eyed during yesterday's Class 2A, South Region final against Lackey.

Four winless trips to the region finals in the past six years had taken their toll.

"I was tossing and turning last night," said Fowler. "I couldn't sleep, and I couldn't think about anything else. We had such a big wall in front of us."

But a 1-0 win over the visiting Charles County team is letting Fowler and the Panthers rest easier.

For the first time since 1983, Pikesville (11-2) advanced to the Class 2A state semifinals, where it will play an opponent to be determined later Monday at Goucher College.

And the top-seeded Panthers earned it with hustling, end-to-end play.

Pikesville dominated the slower Chargers (6-5-2), outshooting them 9-3 and wearing them down as the game progressed.

"They just out-hustled us," said Lackey coach Terri St. Clair, whose team lost in a region final for the second straight year. "I think we were a little intimidated by them. My team just wasn't stopping the ball."

Pikesville had several good scoring chances early, but couldn't break on top until after halftime.

With 3:35 gone in the second half, forward Beth Cohen took a pass from Jamie Robbins in heavy traffic in front of the cage and beat goalie Katie Csellar to make it 1-0.

"Jamie passed it to me and I just blocked it in," said Cohen, who ranks among the top seven scorers in the area along with Robbins and Laurie Weiss.

But yesterday, one goal was all the Panthers would need, as their defense, led by Deidre Carroll, kept the ball out of Pikesville territory.

For Fowler, the victory was as sweet as any he has experienced.

"Everything else is ice cream and cake," he said. "I said during the preseason that if we stay healthy, we can play with anyone in the state.

"I don't care who we get in the states. The way we're playing, bring them on."

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