Mt. Hebron battles, falls in final, 2-1

Montgomery Co. school wins record 6th straight

Class 2A field hockey

High schools

November 14, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Bethesda-Chevy Chase won a state-record sixth straight field hockey championship yesterday at Goucher College.

But never in the seven years Amy Woods has coached at B-CC has she been in such a challenging and mentally draining game.

You see, Mount Hebron wouldn't go away.

"This is my most exciting [and closest] state final," said Woods, after the Barons held off 15th-ranked Mount Hebron, 2-1, for the Class 2A title. "They just put pressure on us the entire game."

Mount Hebron made its first appearance in the state final two years ago and lost to B-CC, 3-1. "We were nervous and scared," said senior Katie Jeschke.

Not yesterday.

"We knew if we played hard we could score on them because we weren't scared of them anymore," Jeschke said. "I think we played a great game and stuck with them, it's just that we didn't score."

And while a lack of scoring has been a problem all season, the Vikings have shown in the playoffs they can score off penalty corners.

"I felt like if we could get the ball in our circle and corner we had a good shot," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannett Ireland. "We just didn't get enough [corners], especially in the second half."

The Vikings (11-6-2) had four corners in the first half, and scored on their only corner in the second half.

"At least we scored on a corner," said Jeschke. "We knew we could, but we didn't draw enough corners -- we didn't penetrate on offense as much as we could have."

B-CC, which has nine titles in 14 state tournament appearances, came out fast and had five corners in the first five minutes. A penalty stroke was awared to B-CC (18-1) in the seventh minute when a Mount Hebron player was ruled to have prevented a Baron from taking a shot directly in front of goalie Katelyn Hoffman.

Hoffman got a piece of Emily Beach's penalty stroke, but it landed in the top left corner. The goal energized the Vikings and they competed equally with B-CC the rest of the half.

"They came right out after us," said Wood.

Said Hoffman: "We weren't going to roll over and die."

B-CC uses the entire field better then most teams, and it started to control the game with its short passing in the second half. The Barons made it 2-0 with 19: 47 remaining on Laura Hur's goal.

Mount Hebron had trouble getting the ball out of its defensive end, but with seven minutes left they stormed down field and earned a corner. Grace Lee scored after a scramble in front of the goal, and the Vikings were down by one with 6: 40 to play.

"That gave me heart failure," Wood said.

But Mount Hebron found itself playing more defense the rest of the game, and never mounted a serious scoring opportunity.

Eight senior starters played their last game for Mount Hebron, which has been to the state tournament three straight years. But they leave knowning they played their best against a great opponent.

"We gave them a really good game. We should all be very proud of what we did," Jeschke said.

"Our program has come a lot way, and it's going to be back," Hoffman said.

Wood agreed.

"Mount Hebron is a program on the rise," Wood said. "Jeannette's doing some good things with that program and I expect to see them back here quite a bit."

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