Healed in time, Bulls win fourth region title

Hereford, sparked by goalie, stops Towson, 3-0

Class 2A North field hockey

November 05, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Hereford goalie Christina Restivo still was shaking 20 minutes after making a game-preserving save that sparked the Bulls to a 3-0 victory over Towson yesterday for the Class 2A North region field hockey championship.

The sophomore keeper stopped Maggie Dolan's point-blank shot with 10: 35 left in the second half and the Bulls were clinging to a 1-0 lead.

"I was shaking," said Restivo, "but my feet were right there. My eye was on the ball, and I was just ready for it."

Restivo finished with five saves against a Towson attack that was relentless through the middle of the second half. A minute after saving Dolan's shot, Restivo rushed to the top of the circle to clear away a Generals' fast-break opportunity.

"If she didn't come up with those big saves, it probably would have been 3-3, easily," said Bulls coach Tammy Mundie. "To me, she's the winner in this game."

The Bulls (9-5-1) advanced to a Class 2A state semifinal at 12: 30 p.m. Monday at Goucher College. Co-champions in Class 1A last year and winners of four straight regional titles, the Bulls will meet the survivor of today's South region title game between No. 15 Mount Hebron and Hammond.

After a season dogged by illness and injury, the Bulls have everyone healthy and appear to be peaking at the right time. Their offense was in sync from the start yesterday.

Liz Sherman scored first with 16: 12 left in the first half. Jen Marstellar's free hit from just inside the 25-yard line started the scoring play. Her hit went to Melanie Schwarzmann at the top of the circle, and Schwarzmann drove the ball to Sherman on the left post for the shot.

After Restivo and defenders Erin Woods, Molly Adams and Schwarzmann held off the Generals (7-7-1), Jodi Anderson made it 2-0. The senior forward put back a carom from Towson goalie Mollie Gallagher on a shot by Lindsay Roberts.

"I just knew we had to score a second goal," said Anderson, "because Towson really improved, and they were awesome. They hustled so much, and they really got a lot of chances down near the goal. For us to win, I knew we had to get another goal to seal it off."

Anderson assisted Kim Pabst for an added insurance goal with seven seconds left.

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