Catonsville's future bright, even after loss Northern of Calvert takes 2-0 victory in 3A semifinal

November 04, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After a season that surpassed everyone's expectations, Catonsville has already made plans for next November.

With 14 underclassmen, the Comets reached the state tournament for the first time in nine years. Even though they lost, 2-0, to Northern of Calvert County in yesterday's Class 3A semifinal at Goucher College, the Comets were already thinking ahead.

"This was unbelievable," said goalie Chrissy Blake. "We gave everything we had, which makes it a heart-breaker to lose, but coming this far was great. We really want to come back next year."

The sophomore had never played a game in goal until the regionals, when she volunteered to replace injured starter Katie Kirby. Yesterday, she made seven saves, including five against three penalty corners in a three-minute period in the second half.

Against a team with superior stickwork, the Comets faced 12 penalty corners and 14 shots, putting sweeper Kate Goodman and back Kelly Dabkowski under frequent pressure. Dabkowski nearly stopped both of the Patriots' goals which came on corners.

Kristen Costa's goal caromed off Dabkowski's thigh with 10: 26 left in the first half. Stacey Zurenko's goal 1: 20 before the half clipped off Dabkowski's stick.

The Comets' attack took only three shots and the Patriots (14-2) snuffed out their transition game.

Still, the Comets have come a long way in a year. After winning Baltimore County's weak division last fall, they moved up. They lost five games in the division, but three were by a single goal.

"At the beginning, we were kind of scared, going into the tougher division," said Goodman, one of only four seniors. "Back then, we wanted states, but it was just a little glimmer in our eyes. In the regionals, everything started falling into place. Losing this is disappointing for me because it's my last year, but they'll be back. They'll want this."

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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