North Carroll field hockey team rolls along with balanced offense Carroll notebook

October 08, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

For a field hockey team that lost 10 starters and has several returning players in different positions, North Carroll just continues to get the job done. The Panthers (7-2) are working on a four-game winning streak and are ranked No. 7 in the metropolitan area.

Two weeks ago, they became the first team to score on No. 1-ranked Westminster (8-0) in a superb, well-played game both ways. The Owls won that one, 2-1, and the two teams are now preparing for a second meeting, Friday night (7 o'clock) at Westminster.

Coach Denean Koontz saw another indication of team development show up yesterday, as North Carroll defeated visiting Linganore, 3-0, without a goal from senior co-captain Mary Kaminski. Of seven previous games in which there had been at least one goal, she had scored in six of them.

"That's one of the nice things about this team -- we're well-balanced," Koontz said afterward. "Everybody is able to score."

Against Linganore, it was Jessica Bradford with two goals, and Maureen McGuire, the other senior co-captain, with one.

One of the strengths of this unit has been its midfield, and Koontz considers them among her unsung heroes. Senior Courtney Rihard and juniors Erin German and Meredith Gill have done well in putting up a defensive front, so that often much of the game is played in the offensive end.

Junior sweeper Katie Holmes has played a vital part, not only in her own work but in bringing along Devan Bosley as a goalkeeper. A sophomore, Bosley is in her first varsity season after playing in goal for last year's JV team.

Of Holmes, Koontz says, "Besides playing her own position well, she communicates well with Devan, and has been one of the players to work with her in practices.

"That is another positive aspect of this team -- the willingness to work together. Our co-captains have such a strong work ethic, on and off the field, and are excellent students, and that rubs off on the others. The younger ones see the seniors [Kaminski, McGuire, Rihard, and defender Jill Pajak are starters] working hard and they follow suit.

"They are gaining confidence and are a team in every respect," Koontz said.

Scoring leaders

Adam Crowl scored one of North Carroll's two touchdowns last week, and took over the lead in the Carroll County football scoring race with 50 points, followed by Jason Zinkand of Francis Scott Key with 45 points.

In soccer, the boys are led by Liberty's Tim Chairs, seven goals; Rick Wareham, six; and Nathan McCullough, five; and Tom Long of Key, five. For the girls, Melissa Merson of Key and Michelle Payne of Westminster have seven goals each, followed by Courtney Bierne, Westminster, and Emily Gomez, North Carroll, with five.

The field hockey leaders are Mary Kaminski (North Carroll) with eight goals, and Key's Stephanie Lawrence and Megan Straehle, five apiece.

Western Maryland

Western Maryland will serve as the host school for the annual Maryland Collegiate Invitation cross country meet, recognized as the state championships, Saturday, beginning at 10: 30 a.m.

Although there will be one men's race and one women's race, the four-year colleges and junior colleges will be scored separately.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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