Bethesda-Chevy Chase ousts North Harford, 3-0 Barons will be shooting for fifth straight title

Class 2A field hockey

November 10, 1998|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

There was nothing unusual about Bethesda-Chevy Chase winning in the state field hockey playoffs.

The Barons always win there or at least it seems that way.

Bethesda hasn't lost in the state tournament in four straight years, winning titles each time, and the Barons will get a chance at a fifth after defeating North Harford, 3-0, yesterday in the Class 2A state semifinals at Goucher College.

Bethesda plays Easton in Saturday's championship game at 11: 30 a.m.

"We had so many corners and we get a case of the nerves every year in the semifinals because they feel like they always have to go back to the finals," said Bethesda coach Amy Wood. "Once we got that first goal, it gave us a little confidence."

The Hawks (10-7) made their first appearance in the state playoffs since 1975 and afterward coach Barb Waite had no regrets. North Harford gave its best shot to the dominant Barons (16-2) and the defense didn't break despite being outshot, 17-1, and Bethesda finishing with 19 penalty corners.

Defenders Shannon Troyer and Larisa Ermanis, in particular, did an excellent job in holding Sarah Wright and Becky Schatzkin, the Barons' top two scorers, to just two assists, while goalkeeper Jo Zazzali was very active in front of the goal.

"I thought the defense did a great job holding them and they got a little frustrated which is what we like," Waite said. "It was good for our kids to play against a team like that."

The Hawks were fortunate to be down only 1-0 at halftime. They were held without a shot in the opening 30 minutes and Bethesda's attacking style forced North Harford to play almost exclusively in their end. But as much as Zazzali's play kept the Hawks in it early, they were helped by the Barons' inability to convert on 15 penalty corners.

Bethesda finally broke through eight minutes before halftime, as Mary Havell scored unmarked in front of the goal off a pass from Schatzkin.

"My goal was kind of like a reassurance," Havell said. "We felt like we should have scored one earlier with all the corners, but it kind of set the tone for the rest of the game."

With the lead, the Barons reasserted themselves in the second half.

Katie Bergman scored from close range in the 12th minute to put Bethesda ahead 2-0 and Sarah Rosenbaum took a pass from Wright and fired a hard shot inside the right post for an insurance goal in the 24 minute.

"We were a little shaky again in the beginning of the second half but we kept the pressure on," Wood said.

Adding an interesting subplot to the game was that Waite coached Wood at Aberdeen during the 1980-81 season.

"Amy was the kind of player you don't forget," Waite said. "And I knew her team would be every bit as aggressive as she played."

Said Wood: "We were laughing about it before the game and I was wondering if she would remember me. It was nice to come back and see a familiar face."

Pub Date: 11/10/98

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