F.S. Key gets past Poolesville in 1A West Lawrence's goal for Eagles is lone score in game

Field hockey

November 01, 1996|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

POOLESVILLE -- Francis Scott Key field hockey goalie Renee Riggs suffered through a penalty-stroke shootout to end the season a year ago, and she didn't want to face one again this year.

Sophomore teammate Stephanie Lawrence made sure Riggs got her wish. Lawrence knocked in a loose ball in front of the cage with less than 12 minutes remaining, as the Eagles escaped with a 1-0 victory over Poolesville yesterday in the Class 1A West region finals.

The win avenged a penalty- stroke victory by Poolesville in the first round of last year's playoffs, which ended Key's streak of 10 consecutive state tournament appearances. The Eagles will start new streak next week at Goucher College.

The winning goal came on one of Key's infrequent forays into Poolesville territory. The ball had scooted across the goal mouth seconds before, and Lawrence missed on her first attempt. Teammate Kim Matthias redirected it back across the goal, and Poolesville goalie Lauren Shores came out for the ball, leaving a wide-open shot for Lawrence.

"It all just happened so fast," Lawrence said of the scramble.

The goal came on one of just three Eagles shots, and the only one after halftime. For the game, the Indians outshot Key, 15-3.

"I think we were the better team," said Poolesville coach Nancy Hopkinson. "But you can't win if you don't put the ball in the cage."

Poolesville had several golden opportunities. The Indians had the ball in Key territory for almost all of the first 20 minutes of the game, holding Key without a shot more than 23 minutes into the game.

Nine minutes into the second have, Poolesville had the ball just a few feet in front of the Eagles' goal, but an Indians players was called for kicking the ball. Poolesville also had two close shots with about five minutes to play and had a long shot off a penalty corner late in the game, but all of the shots were either kicked aside by Riggs or rolled wide.

"We knew we were going to have a one-goal game today," Riggs said. "Last year, I was the goalie in for strokes [against Poolesville] and I was petrified. I didn't want to go through strokes again.

Severna Park 2, Calvert O: Goalkeeper Laura Snider was stellar TC in goal, making nine saves to help the top-ranked Falcons beat Calvert of Calvert County for the 4A South championship.

The keeper was at her best in the opening minutes of the second half when Calvert unleashed a flurry of shots on goal in an attempt to overcome a 1-0 Severna Park lead.

Snider rejected four straight shots with her stick and came back about a minute later with an outstanding kick save.

Severna Park, attempting to win a national-record, fifth-straight state title, will meet Dulaney in the state 4A semifinals Monday at 12: 30 p.m. Dulaney beat Chesapeake-AA, 1-0, in the 4A East region final yesterday.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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