Wildecats win a big one in field hockey

September 18, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A day after Centennial's field hockey team upset No. 2-ranked Westminster, another Howard County team pulled off a stunning surprise.

Wilde Lake, under new coach Laurie Donnelly, returned Wednesday from Fallston with a 1-0 victory over last year's Class 2A state runner-up. Fallston has won six state titles in the last 10 years and three in the last five years.

"It was a big win for us," Donnelly said. "Our team has worked very hard. The kids have come a long way."

Junior Shayna Brause scored the game-winner off a pass from Jessica Seldomridge with a minute to go in the first overtime.

Emily Sawyer was in goal for the Wildecats in the first half, and Annie Troutman for the second half and overtime.

"Both goalies are very good," Donnelly said. "Annie was awesome in the overtime. She came out of the goal several times to clear the ball."

Injuries limited Wilde Lake to only three substitutes. "The heat was unbearable, but the kids never gave up," Donnelly said. "It was a total team effort. That's what I've been stressing all year."

Playing for a cause

Tenth-ranked Mount Hebron (3-0) will play No. 1-ranked Severna Park tomorrow at Roland Park's Sally Nyborg Invitational Tournament.

Roland Park has dedicated the field hockey tournament to former teammate Sally Nyborg, who died in May of complications from lupus. Nyborg would have been a senior this fall. Admissions will be donated to lupus research.

Mount Hebron, the two-time defending county champion and last year's Class 2A state runner-up, will play St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, of Alexandria, Va., at 11: 15 a.m. The Vikings go against Severna Park, which won its 10th Class 4A state title last year, at 2: 15 p.m.

"It will be an excellent experience for us," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannett Ireland. "We know we'll have to play well."

Mount Hebron junior forward Katie Jeschke, who has five goals and one assists, said playing against a top-caliber team such as the Falcons "will be very good for us, win or lose, because we'll learn from our mistakes."

Jeschke said the Vikings are "a lot farther along than we were last year at this time. We're passing a lot better, and we have more opportunities for scoring."

Besides Jeschke, juniors Polly Purcell and Leigh Langmead have played well offensively. The defense has been led by goalie Katelyn Hoffman, sweeper Becky Phillips and backs Jen Donatelli and Tammi Slater.

Severna Park vs. No. 3 Roland Park opens the tournament at 10 a.m.

Tie a 'huge success'

Glenelg Country School, coached by Barbara Brummett, outplayed River Hill in the second half and came away with a 1-1 tie Tuesday.

"This is a huge success for us," said Brummett, who has nine starters back from last year's team that finished 1-13-3 last year. "For us, a small private school in Howard County, to tie a public school, well, it speaks volumes for us."

Brummett said last year's record "was a little deceiving because we lost five games by one goal. They could have gone either way."

She said the combination of hard work and a year's experience will make a big difference this year.

"We're getting it. We're getting it," said Brummett, who started five sophomores and three juniors against River Hill. "I think we have a very strong attack. If we can get our transition game

going, we should be able to score."

Senior Rachel Baron was upbeat about the team's potential. "Considering this is how we're playing at the beginning of the season, we should be rocking [at the end]," she said.

Girls soccer

Hammond, Centennial and Long Reach certainly will be rested for their next games. The Golden Bears (3-0-1) and Eagles have 13-day breaks, and Long Reach (2-1) a 12-day break.

"It's a long time, but if we break it up, we'll keep the interest alive," said Centennial coach Mike Senisi, whose team beat Harford County's C. Milton Wright, 2-0, on Sept. 11 and doesn't play again until next Thursday at Pallotti.

"You have to be creative," Senisi said. "Some days, we don't even touch the ball. One day we'll watch films, another day do weights and conditioning, and we'll also do team-building activities."

Oakland Mills is 1-4, but all four losses have come against top-notch competition. The Scorpions lost their season opener to powerful Shenendehowa (N.Y), then beat C. Milton Wright. They have lost consecutive games to Severna Park, Arundel and Fallston, all ranked No. 5 in The Sun poll when they played Oakland Mills.

Lan Gardner, a senior midfielder who tore her right anterior cruciate ligament during a Memorial Day tournament, is not expected back this season.

Volleyball

Two of the area's best teams, No. 2 Centennial and No. 3 River Hill, play in Clarksville at 7 o'clock tonight.

River Hill (1-0) hasn't played since beating Arundel in four games Sept. 8. Centennial (0-1) last played Sept. 10, when it lost three straight games to Northern-Calvert County.

Atholton, under new coach Bruce Lindblad, opened its season Wednesday, downing Laurel, 15-11, 15-1, 15-10.

Senior Jen Thomas led the Raiders with 12 kills. The team serve percentage was 94 percent. "I was happy about that," said Lindblad.

Wilde Lake has added a ninth player, sophomore Camille Vilain, who at 5-foot-11 is the team's tallest player. New coach Regan Hall's team has four sophomores, four juniors and one senior.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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