Lorch's three goals lead Long Reach to region win Lightning ousts Howard, 3-0, in region quarterfinal

Field hockey

October 30, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Three years into its existence, Long Reach still is coming up with team firsts.

Senior forward Kristen Lorch scored three goals -- a team first -- to lead the Lightning past Howard, 3-0, in a Class 2A South region quarterfinal at Howard yesterday. Long Reach (8-7) will play Franklin (6-6-1) Tuesday at Long Reach in a region semifinal.

Lorch's second goal of the game, with 17: 01 remaining in the second half, was the initial shot off a corner. Long Reach coach XTC Kelly Snyder said that was the first time her team had ever done that.

With the victory, the Lightning is guaranteed its first non-losing season. Long Reach was 0-12-1 two years ago, and finished 7-8-2 last year when Mount Hebron beat the Lightning, 1-0, in the South region final.

"We can go to states," said Lorch, who has 10 goals and seven assists this season. "We got to the regional final last year, and we're a stronger team this year."

Lorch scored off an assist from Alex Matusewitch with 22: 42 left in the first half. The Lightning controlled most of first half, but Snyder wasn't impressed.

Seven minutes into the second half, after Howard (3-10) had come out strong, Snyder called time out.

"They were playing like they wanted to end the season," Snyder said. "All year, this has been our struggle. We're up and down. We don't stay consistent for 60 minutes, and that's what we did today."

Five minutes after the timeout, Long Reach got a corner, and Brandi Franks started it with a pass to Lorch. Lorch settled the ball quickly, then fired a perfect shot into the left side of the cage.

Long Reach converted another corner opportunity into a goal when Lorch scored off a pass from Jessica Burkhardt.

Howard, which had won two straight, got strong performances from Lorin Cahill and Sabrina Oursler.

McDonough 2, Atholton 0: McDonough, of Charles County, scored in each half in the Class 2A South quarterfinal at Atholton. The Raiders (0-13) finished the season without scoring.


Visiting Hammond defeated Oakland Mills, 15-12, 15-7, 9-15, 15-10, yesterday, eliminating the Scorpions from the divisional race and handing the title to Atholton.

Atholton finished 5-3 in the division, followed at 4-4 by Hammond, Oakland Mills and Howard. Long Reach was 3-5.

Atholton (7-7 overall, 6-6 county) will meet No. 2-ranked Mount Hebron (14-0, 12-0) Wednesday at River Hill for the county championship. Atholton also plays Monday at Mount Hebron in the regular-season finale.

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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