Rivals make progress in field hockey

Carroll notebook

November 05, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

They beat each other during the regular season, their records were about the same, and both lost in the Class 3A West region playoffs' first round.

Regardless of their losing records, however, neighborhood rivals Liberty (5-8) and South Carroll (5-7-1) still achieved some positive experiences from their just-completed field hockey seasons.

Liberty, guided by first-year coach Diana Weinapple, had a senior-dominated squad that improved from three wins of a year ago to five this time, including three shutouts.

"Their fundamentals were good. It was the concepts and strategies associated with the game that were our weakest parts," Weinapple said following Liberty's 3-0 regional loss to North Carroll. "The players were athletes but limited by their abilities to be aggressive, to play hard."

Senior stalwarts included defender Krissy Hill and forwards Michelle Sotak, Lisa Evans, and Emilie Johnson. Among the junior starters were Cara McConville and Amy Pagels, plus goalkeeper Kate Hartman.

South Carroll's season probably was reflected most in a 1-0 overtime loss to Westminster three weeks ago, the Cavaliers' last regular-season game. Westminster, which had scored 21 goals up to that point, had trouble penetrating the South Carroll defense. The Owls outshot South Carroll, 14-2, and Sarah Jenkins, the Cavs' senior goalkeeper, had 11 saves to none for Westminster's Emily White.

"We may have been a little weak in scoring, but our defense was strong," second-year coach Erin Soulen said this week, "and regardless of the record, on and off the field, their attitudes were those of champions."

Jenkins was the heart of the defense, allowing 11 goals on 145 shots and finishing with five shutouts, one a scoreless tie with Walkersville.

"We were in every game," Soulen added, "and there was never a point when we couldn't have tied or won."

No team scored more than two goals against the Cavs, and of their seven losses, only a 2-0 setback against North Carroll in mid-September was by more than a goal. Offensively, however, the team scored just nine goals in its 13 games.

In its 2-1 regional loss at Catonsville (9-1-1), South Carroll fell behind in the first half but played well the rest of the way.

"My players walked off feeling they had played their best," Soulen said. "That's all you can ask."

Top seniors, in addition to Jenkins, included defenders Lindsay Mercier, Rachael Wilson, and Mandy Snyder, and forward Kristin Little. Three starters -- back Jenny Davis and Kristen Anderson and Erin Murphy (three goals, one assist) -- are among nine juniors due to return.

Volleyball sweep

Carroll Christian completed a sweep of post-season tournaments for the second straight year by winning the annual Mid-Eastern Regional Athletic Association of Christian Schools championship on its home court.

That victory enabled the Patriots to finish the season 23-0. Earlier, coach Judy Mied's squad had won conference and state titles.

The victory was somewhat bittersweet, however, because Carroll, second in the national tournament last year, chose not to go this time after X-rays showed junior Renee Coglianese had a broken bone in a foot.

One of the team's top players, Coglianese sustained what was believed to be a sprain in warm-ups before Saturday morning's semifinal match against Calvary. Carroll won in three games and three hours later returned for the championship game against Evangel (Va.).

The home team lost the first game, 15-12, after leading 11-7, then reversed the situation, winning the second, 16-14, after trailing 11-7. With no more than a two-point difference at any time, Carroll won the the third game, 15-13, then took the fourth, 15-12.

Coglianese, with her ankle taped, was inserted in the second game, and, although tight at first, the ankle seemed to get better, and she was able to move reasonably well. Until the last game, Mied subbed for her on the back row, but Coglianese played all the way in the final game.

She was accorded all-tournament recognition, and teammate Leigh Ann Belcher was named most valuable player. Belcher, the team leader with her court sense, included four service aces and 10 assists in the title match. Lisa Armfield was a vital contributor with 15 successful serves.

Others in the winning cast included seniors Lauren Belcher and Jennifer Brenneman, junior Erin Graf, and sophomores Nicole Estes and Anna Mied.

Alumni news

Senior Karen Bussard (Westminster) completed her final season of varsity tennis at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Madison with a record of 9-5-1 at No. 2 singles and 7-6 in doubles. One of two seniors on the 7-7 squad, she had career totals of 17-30-1 in singles and 19-13 in doubles.

Scott Ensor (South Carroll), a senior halfback and captain for Delaware's soccer team, has started 17 of the team's 18 games (8-9-1), and has one goal and two assists.

Junior midfielder Nikki Cornell (Westminster) has played in five field hockey games for Delaware (15-5).

Freshman forward Lisa Duke (Westminster), getting more playing time lately, has scored two goals for Lebanon Valley College's field hockey team. The Annville, Pa., school (13-7) has qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs; it was a semifinalist last fall.

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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