Arundel's Haynie scoring in a hurry

October 21, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Adorning one of the walls in Michelle Haynie's bedroom is a framed photograph of her scoring a goal last year for Arundel's field hockey team.

It was a special moment for someone who hadn't even begun playing the sport until that season. Someone who had given up on soccer after two unfulfilling years split between the varsity and junior varsity.

So what if this was her only goal as a junior. At least she had it captured for eternity; verification that she had made the right decision.

"I really wasn't satisfied with how I was doing in soccer," she said. "Both years I had gotten pulled up to varsity, and then put back down. I thought maybe I would try field hockey. All my other friends played it, which I guess also made me switch.

"I did pretty good for my first year, but I wasn't outstanding."

She is now.

Haynie could wallpaper her room with snapshots from this season, when she has ranked among the leading scorers in the metro area in goals with 17.

She has been practically unstoppable since failing to score in Arundel's first two games -- a 2-1 loss to Chesapeake and a 1-0 defeat by Severna Park.

"It was really depressing," she said, "not only for me, but just thinking that our team wasn't going to be doing that good. It's hard to start a season against Chesapeake and Severna Park."

The rest seemed to come so easily. Playing center-attack, she scored three times in a 5-0 win over Queen Anne's. "I guess that started me off," she said.

One goal in a 1-1 tie with St. Mary's. Five total in 3-0 wins over South River and Southern. Two in a 2-0 victory over Meade. Two more in a 2-1, overtime win over Annapolis. One each in 2-0 triumphs over Old Mill and Broadneck. Two goals in a 4-0 win over North County yesterday.

"She's a good athlete," said coach Clint Gosnell, whose team has won eight in a row after a 1-2-1 start. "Soccer and field hockey are a lot alike in strategy and basic rules. The big difference is what you use to propel the ball.

"She's not a great field hockey player right now as far as stick stills and that sort of thing, but she always seems to be in the right place at the right time, and she's mastered the scoring technique. She keeps down

low to the ground when she gets in the circle and picks her spots."

He only wishes that Haynie, who also has played varsity lacrosse for two seasons, didn't have to shoulder such a heavy load. Balanced scoring, he said, would prove more beneficial to the Wildcats in the long run.

"I didn't anticipate her scoring this many goals," he said, "but I also didn't anticipate the others not scoring. Since we're winning, I can't fault that, but all coaches would rather have it spread out. What happens if Michelle gets hurt? She wasn't feeling well in the Old Mill game, and we were concerned with that."

Gosnell could rest easier after Friday's game against Archbishop Spalding. Haynie didn't score, but goals from Jennifer Miller and Kim Gonski enabled the Wildcats to win in overtime, 2-1.

No matter who's producing the goals, Haynie is confident Arundel will get through the playoffs.

"I really think we're going to go all the way this year," she said.

Said Gosnell: "We want to be seeded first or second. The last two years we've had to travel to Charles County and Calvert County, and we lost. We don't want to do that."

The Wildcats won't have to travel far if Haynie keeps scoring at such a phenomenal rate. But they may want to buy some extra film for the camera.

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