Top-ranked Harford CC dumps Herkimer, 3-1

October 16, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Harford Community College, a season-long scoring machine, stepped up its overall level of play and solidified its position as the No. 1-ranked field hockey team in the National Junior College Athletic Association yesterday.

In a meeting of the top two teams, Harford (12-0) scored midway through the first half and in the opening minute of the second on its way to a 3-1 victory over visiting Herkimer County (N.Y.) CC (7-3).

Harford boasts four of the top five NJCAA scorers, and all had a part in the triumph.

Sophomore Paula Beaudette (Rising Sun), who has made a shambles of the national scoring records, got the first goal off an assist from freshman Diana Rice (C. Milton Wright); Fallston teammates of a year ago, Susan Mackley and Pam Gauss, combined on the second one, and Mackley set up Rice for the last one.

For the year, Harford has outscored its opposition, 84-4, led by Beaudette, the top national scorer, who has improved on her single-season record (27) of a year ago with 34 goals. Gauss has 24 goals, and Rice and Mackley, eight apiece.

"Getting scoring help has made a big difference in Paula's overall game," said Judy Davlin, in her 21st year as Harford's head coach. "Last year, she had to do it by herself because we didn't have anybody who could keep up with her. Now, she knows help is right there, and a defense can't concentrate on just one player."

Beaudette, Beth Mack (Bel Air) and Patty Whitehead (Joppatowne) are the only holdovers from last year's school-best 12-3 team that lost two games in the national tournament, including a 2-1, double-overtime decision to Herkimer in the semifinals.

That made this win all the better, especially because the visitors were keyed up for the game and gave the Owls their toughest game of the season.

Mackley put a dent in the expectations of the Generals at the start of the second half when she got her stick on the ball and controlled it in a 50-yard -- down the field. Goalkeeper Becky Insonia, whose outstanding work kept her side alive until the waning minutes, got her foot on the ball, but Gauss was right there to get it.

Mackley was credited with the goal on a deflection of Gauss' ensuing shot, although neither was quite sure who had scored.

"As long as it went in, it didn't matter," said Mackley, whose aggressive, all-out play is characteristic of the whole team.

"The thing that has brought us this far is our gutsy style of play," Davlin said. "They don't stop, they don't let anything get in their way, they play hurt. It's really a team effort."

Davlin also got outstanding efforts from defenders Whitehead, Lisa Fotia (Edgewood) and speedster Carrie Mauk (Perryville).

Anne Balko's goal off the rebound of a shot by Cristi Paragi brought Herkimer within 2-1 with nearly nine minutes left in the game.

Herkimer nearly tied it three minutes later, but Whitehead was able to get in front of a hard shot on goal. The ball hit her hand and caromed out of danger. Gauss set up the last score with a run into the offensive end, and Rice converted a Mackley pass.

"We knew they'd be quick and aggressive," Herkimer coach Jeanie Galvin said. "We also made defensive mistakes."

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