No joke: Loch Raven ousted Field hockey

November 05, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Loch Raven field hockey coach Gina Hormes faced more than her share of kidding this week.

Hormes teaches physical education at Fallston, where she encountered some merciless ribbing and pranks leading up to ** yesterday's regional final, which pitted her No. 11 Raiders against No. 3 Fallston.

Two days ago, the Cougars put Hormes' desk in the showers. Yesterday, they knocked her defending state champion Raiders out of the playoffs.

With a 2-0 victory in the Class 2A North region final, the top-seeded Cougars earned their first regional title in three years. Fallston (13-0-2) advances to the state semifinals Monday at Goucher College. They will play at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m., depending on their seeding.

The last time the Cougars went to Goucher, they came home with a third straight state Class 2A title. Fallston spent the previous two years in Class 1A, falling in the regional final both times.

Returning to Class 2A, the Cougars hope to reclaim the title. Dethroning the defending champs (11-2-1) was a good way to start.

"Coming into the game, I felt our defense was stingier," said Fallston coach Alice Puckett. "I saw them give up more goals -- not a lot but in field hockey a couple can be a lot. I thought if we could get in and get some shots, we could break them down."

The Cougars had a relentless offense in the striking circle. Both Cougars goals came in flurries against Raiders goalie Cho Toung.

Susan Mackley scored the first goal on a penalty corner with 1:32 left in the first half.

The senior forward shot off a corner pass and Pam Gauss nearly deflected it in, but the ball caromed back out. After another shot, the ball popped out again, but this time, Gauss deflected it to Mackley for the goal.

Five minutes into the second half, Fallston scored again on a similar play, though not a corner. Raiders sweeper Jen Reed saved one Fallston shot. When she tried to clear the ball out, Mackley picked it off and sent it back in, where Lauren Grabowski punched it home.

The victory all but erased the Cougars' disappointment over their last two regional final losses to Rising Sun and its high-scoring forward Paula Beaudette, now a freshman at Harford Community College.

"It was really frustrating the last two years, because we were the better team," Puckett said. "I hate to get beaten by one player and that happened both times."

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