Westminster begins defense of its Class 4A state field hockey championship at home at 3 p.m. Friday against Perry Hall (3-8). The Owls (12-0) are ranked No. 1 in the metropolitan area. They concluded their third consecutive undefeated regular season with a victory at South Carroll on Monday.
Last year, Westminster ended a Severna Park string of four successive titles with a 2-1 final-round victory. The teams again are in opposite halves of the draw. Severna Park (13-1) is ranked third.
In the event Westminster wins its South region title, a possible semifinal opponent could be Walt Whitman (11-1), ranked No. 8 in this week's Washington Post poll.
Francis Scott Key (9-2), a losing finalist in Class 1A last year, and now in 2A, will be home at 1 p.m. Friday against Einstein in a West region game.
Among the others on Friday, all in Class 3A North, Liberty (2-10) will play at South Carroll (6-6) at 1 p.m., and North Carroll (9-3) will play at Broadneck (3-9) at 3: 30 p.m. Key is No. 5 and North Carroll is No. 7 in the latest metro poll.
Boys and girls regional soccer tournaments also begin this week.
In boys first-round matches on Friday, Westminster (2-7-2) will play at Queen Anne's in 4A East at 4 p.m. North Carroll (1-9-2) will be home against Linganore at 6 p.m. Key, Liberty, and South Carroll drew byes.
Among the girls, No. 2 Liberty (12-1-1) will be at No. 15 Dulaney (8-2-1) in a Class 3A-4A West game at 3 p.m. Friday, and Key (1-9-1) will be home for a Class 1A-2A West game against Brunswick at 7 p.m. Saturday. In 2A-3A West, North Carroll, South Carroll and Westminster have first-round byes.
Westminster defends titles
Westminster, which won boys and girls titles in the annual Central Maryland Conference meet last week, will be the defending champions when the annual Carroll County championships are held tomorrow at Western Maryland College.
The meet, originally scheduled for a 4 p.m. start, will begin at 2: 30 p.m. because of early student dismissals. The order of the races are girls varsity, boys varsity, boys B and girls B.
Western Maryland update
Amy North (Sykesville/Liberty) has been chosen the Centennial Conference Player of the Week for field hockey. A junior forward, she scored three of her team's five goals, including game-winners against Frostburg State and Villa Julie.
Going into yesterday's game at Gettysburg, she had a team-high eight goals and three assists for the Green Terror (5-8, 2-4 in the conference). She had a team-leading eight goals a year ago.
Field hockey honor-roll selec- tions include Evanthe Sophocleus (Towson/McDonogh), a senior midfielder from Haverford, and Mandy Pare (Colora/Perryville), a junior midfielder from Washington.
In women's soccer, senior Erin Murphy (Francis Scott Key) scored her fourth career hat trick and it provided all the scoring in a 3-0 victory at Shenandoah on Monday. The scoring burst gave her nine goals and one assist this season. Her career totals (39 goals, 20 assists and 98 points) all are school records.
Pub Date: 10/21/97