Key is left behind as Bethesda jets to easy 5-0 victory Barons score four goals in game's first 13 minutes

Field hockey

October 29, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BETHESDA -- When the deluge had finally ended, the only thing Francis Scott Key coach Mindi Wagner could do was shake her head and let out a long sigh.

"They came out and they were on fire," said Wagner.

Yes, they were. Mairin Brady, Becky Schatzkin and Sarah Wright each had a goal and an assist as host Bethesda-Chevy Chase stunned No. 5-ranked Francis Scott Key with four goals in the first 13 minutes en route to a 5-0 victory in a Class 2A West Region semifinal yesterday.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase (12-2-1), which plays the Centennial-Middletown winner tomorrow in the region final, overwhelmed Francis Scott Key (11-3) with its speed and amazing stickwork. The Barons showed Key why they are the three-time defending state champions -- and have won six of the past nine state crowns.

"It looked like they had magnets on their sticks," said Wagner. "They moved the ball around well, and they are an excellent team."

The Barons outshot the Eagles, 14-3, and added eight long hits plus five penalty corners. Bethesda-Chevy Chase's passing was so slick, and it moved the ball with such speed, that Key simply could not defend.

The Eagles had won 11 of the past 12 region championships in Class 1A before moving up this season, but there was little they could do against this offensive powerhouse.

Kendall Smith scored the first goal, with an assist from Schatzkin at 2: 27 on the game's opening shot. The Barons had spent most of that time camped in front of the Key goal, trying to manufacture offense.

They increased it to 2-0 at the six-minute mark when Wright put a 10-yard shot past goalie Becky Arnold. Brady had set up the goal with a perfect pass that let Wright fire a quick shot.

Schatzkin then sneaked behind the Key defense and made a 30-yard run at Arnold. The Key goalie came out and cut down the angle, but Schatzkin put the shot in from the far right at 8: 37.

Brady got the final goal of the early onslaught. She took a Wright pass and sent a shot that bounced off Arnold and went in at 12: 19.

Anika Bennedijk added the final goal with 17: 59 left in the game -- moments after the Barons had another apparent goal waved off.

The Eagles settled down after their early problems and played some good defense. Kim Mathias helped there, and teammate Stephanie Lawrence pushed the ball upfield several times on offense. But this was the Barons' day.

"They were fired up," said Bethesda-Chevy Chase coach Amy Wood. "We put them on their heels right at the very beginning. We weren't shy about anything."

No. 1 Westminster 5, North County 0: Lisa Duke made a hat trick and Lindsay Iadevia added two goals and an assist as the top-ranked Owls (14-0) routed the host Knights (0-12).

No.14 Mount Hebron 4, Franklin 0: Polly Purcell scored a goal and added two assists in the second half to power host No. 14 Vikings (12-1-1) past the Indians in Class 2A South regional semifinal action.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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