Burned a year ago, Centennial leery of Lightning striking today

Howard notebook

October 02, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A year ago, Long Reach stunned Centennial, 2-1, to record its first county victory in field hockey.

The same two teams meet this afternoon at Long Reach, and Lightning goalie Jay Lance knows the 12th-ranked Eagles will be ready.

"We beat them on their field last year, so I'm sure they want to beat us on our field this year," said Jance, a junior All-County goalie who had 40 saves against the Eagles last season. "I know they'll come out fired up. They're 2-0 in the county. They want to win."

Lance said the Lightning will be ready, too. One reason, said Lance, will be to show coach Kelly Snyder just how well her team can play. Snyder missed last year's game against the Eagles because of the death of her brother, Peter.

"The best we've ever played was against Centennial," Lance said. "She's never seen us play like that, and we want to show her how we can play at that level. I think we're going to be just as pumped as Centennial."

Long Reach (3-4 overall, 1-1 league) had scored only two goals in its last five games before defeating Wilde Lake, 2-1, last Saturday. Senior Kristen Lorch and sophomore Brandi Franks had first-half goals for the Lightning.

"After a couple of tough losses, we needed to get the enthusiasm back and to get them believing in themselves," said Snyder after the win over Wilde Lake. "Scoring two goals was a big thing."

Scoring has not been Centennial's problem. The Eagles (5-2, 2-0) are coming off back to back 5-0 wins over Howard and Oakland Mills, and have 18 goals this season. Leading the Eagles are senior forwards Lillian Chun (four goals) and Jessica Manzone (three goals, two assists), and junior forward Jill Seewagen (three goals, three assists).

"I have never had a team that was so solid throughout," said Centennial coach Gail Purcell. "We always had one or two players [who] distinguished themselves from the rest, but that's not the case this year."

Hammond's field hockey victory over Mount Hebron Monday was the first time Mount Hebron two-sport athletes Katie Jeschke and Polly Purcell, both juniors, had lost a county game.

Jeschke and Purcell were each on JV field hockey and lacrosse teams as freshmen. Jeschke played varsity field hockey and JV lacrosse last year, and Purcell played varsity in both sports.

"This will get us pumped to play harder the rest of the season," said Jeschke after Hammond's 1-0 victory.


Howard won its first match of the season last night, beating host Atholton, 15-12, 16-14, 13-15, 5-15, 15-13. The win was the Lions' third straight five-game match. They had previously lost to Long Reach and Oakland Mills.

"We were so excited that we won. It was great," said Howard senior Ophelia Tindall. "We kept pushing, and it finally went our way. It was a great achievement for us."

Long Reach has played in four five-game matches this season, losing three of them by identical 15-13 scores in the final game.

"The three matches we lost were so close. It's frustrating, because we know we have the capability to win them," said junior setter Kathy Shahrokh.

The Lightning lost to Seton Keough, Oakland Mills and Hammond in five games and defeated Howard.

"Consistency plays a big role," said Shahrokh. "One second we're up; the next second we're down. It's an up and down ride. That's what has hurt us. We need to play consistently and as a team."

The Lightning (3-3 overall, 2-2 league) continues to improve under coach Christine Ewing and already has equaled last year's win total.

Here are the division standings, including last night's results: Mount Hebron leads one division at 5-0, followed by Centennial, 3-1; Glenelg, 2-2; River Hill, 1-3; and Wilde Lake, 0-4.

Atholton and Hammond lead the other division at 3-2, followed by Oakland Mills, 2-2; Long Reach, 2-2; and Howard, 1-4.

The division winners play Nov. 4 for the county title.

Gaertner scores

Kathy Gaertner, last year's co-Player of the Year in soccer from River Hill, scored in overtime to give Furman University a 4-3 win over UNC-Wilmington last Sunday. Gaertner has started three games and has scored two goals and has two assists. Sara Tollick, a Columbia resident and 1997 Seton Keough graduate, has started all nine games for Furman (6-3) and has two goals and two assists.

Recruiting seminar

Another reminder about the seminar on the college athletic recruiting process at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Mount Hebron. This is the second year Centennial counselor Dave Greenberg and Mount Hebron counselor P.J. Kesmodel have coordinated the program. Kathy Zerrlaut from UMBC and Chris Weller and Dick Edell from Maryland will be the panelists.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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