Bethesda-Chevy Chase puts brakes on Loch Raven's run Raiders crumble under Barons' pressure, 7-0

Field hockey

November 05, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After Loch Raven won its past five games, the Raiders thought they had built up enough momentum to carry them through yesterday's state semifinal and into Saturday's title game.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, all the momentum in the world could not have carried them past Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Probably the best team in the state tournament, the Barons rolled to a 7-0 victory in the Class 2A semifinal at Goucher College. The Barons (16-0) play North East, of Cecil County, for the state title Saturday.

The two-time defending champion Barons are ranked No. 1 by The Washington Post, ahead of the Baltimore area's top team, Severna Park (Class 4A).

"This was the most awesome team we've ever been up against," said Raiders goalie Liz Elliott, who made 14 saves. "They're like a college team. They're really strong offensively and on defense, we couldn't get anything past them."

The Raiders (9-7) could not make any headway against the Montgomery County team's superior speed, stickwork and passing game. Defenders Bridget Rubino, Mindy Chenowith, Danielle Brewer and Kristen Doyle were kept busy almost the entire game.

The Barons outshot Loch Raven, 16-1, and had a 15-3 edge on penalty corners. By halftime, the Barons had run up a 4-0 lead.

Against such domination, it's no surprise that Elliott made the play of the game for the Raiders. Facing a Barons' attack on the left side, she made a terrific recovery for a diving save when Sallie Mitchell redirected a crossing pass from the left.

Too many times, however, Elliott simply had no chance to make a save.

In the second half, the Barons scored each of their three goals on the break, often pitting Elliott all alone against two or three Barons. On the last two goals, Elliott faced two Barons and each time, one player drew her and passed to the other for the goal.

Although some of the Raiders were inconsolable after the loss, Raiders coach Kathy Railey said, "I cannot be not proud of them.

"What they don't understand is that a good team is going to make you look bad," said Railey. "A good team is going to capitalize on the things you do wrong and [BCC] certainly did that. I haven't seen any high school team that compares to them."

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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