Pikesville ends Loch Raven hex, 3-1

October 08, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Pikesville coach Tim Fowler pulled no punches in describing the magnitude of the 3-1 victory his sixth-ranked Panthers scored over host Loch Raven yesterday.

"Up to this point, this is the greatest game in Pikesville field hockey history," said Fowler. "This is the game. This is the first time we've beaten Loch Raven."

Loch Raven has given Pikesville all kinds of trouble in the past. Last year, despite winning the region title, Pikesville lost twice to Loch Raven.

But this first victory over Loch Raven accomplishes a lot for Pikesville (7-0, 6-0). The Panthers sit alone atop the Baltimore County 1A-2A League, ahead of Loch Raven (5-1, 4-1) and others.

The victory also puts Pikesville in the driver's seat to take the 1A-2A title and make the county's championship game. It also helps with confidence.

"Beating Loch Raven has proved to us that we can beat anybody in the state," said Laurie Weiss.

Pikesville, which beat perennial power Roland Park earlier this year, certainly looked strong -- especially in the first half. The Panthers dominated play, controlling the ball most of the time and taking a 2-0 lead while holding Loch Raven without a shot.

Most of the opportunities came courtesy of Beth Cohen, Weiss and Stefany Flax. Heading into play this week, they ranked second through fourth, respectively, in the area in scoring. Yesterday, Cohen and Weiss each had a goal and an assist while Flax added a goal.

Flax, who scored both goals in the victory at Roland Park, gave Pikesville the lead only 3:10 into the game. Weiss crossed it from the right side to Flax at the far post. Flax then put it past Erin Fellin -- the first goal Loch Raven allowed this season.

The Panthers struck again just 6:12 later. Lynn Weiss and Cohen hooked up on another crossing play. Weiss crossed it from the right, and Cohen scored from in front.

"Usually we have good teamwork," said Cohen. "We're a passing team."

Loch Raven's offense finally got going in the second half. Christen Komenda out-dueled two Pikesville defenders in front of the cage to score with 18 minutes left, but Laurie Weiss then blasted a shot that bounced off a stick in front and flew high into the cage just 3:52 later to seal the victory.

Loch Raven came up with numerous chances to score in the second half. The Raiders had eight corner hits -- nearly all in a row at one point in the half -- but rarely got shots. Pikesville outshot Loch Raven for the game, 11-4.

Defense also helped Pikesville. Carly Gordon, Laurie Better, Jenny King and Alix Cramer helped keep the Loch Raven offense quiet. The Raiders did not get a shot until 38 minutes had elapsed, and their slow start proved too much to overcome.

"They totally dominated the first half, [but] we had a slew of chances in the second half," said Loch Raven coach Wendy Galinn. "We just couldn't get the ball in the cage."

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