Timely victory gives struggling Hammond lift

First win over Centennial a boost after 0-3 start


High Schools

April 09, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

After losing three non-league games to open the season, by a combined five goals, Hammond's girls lacrosse team needed a win in the worst way.

"It really didn't matter who we were playing," said Hammond junior goalie Rachel Donohue. "We just needed a win."

Standing in its way was Centennial, a team Hammond had never defeated since the sport began in the county in 1988.

"We had a team dinner the night before," Donohue said, "and I think that helped get us mentally prepared for the game."

The Golden Bears trailed, 4-2, at halftime, but limited the Eagles to one second-half goal and went on to a 6-5 victory last Thursday at Centennial.

"It was thrilling. I loved it. It was the best feeling," Donohue said.

Donohue was a big part of it, recording 14 saves.

"She was our player of the game," said Hammond coach Emily Walker. "She made a lot of big-time saves, including two point-blank shots at the end. She had an incredible game."

Donohue said the Golden Bears "played more as a team," than they had in their first three games. Walker agreed, and said that was the difference against Centennial.

"They're learning to work together," Walker said. "They beat Centennial because they played a team game. Centennial doubles very well, and the only way to beat a team that doubles is to move the ball and we did."

Ashley Evans scored three of her four goals in the first half and Caitlin Marshall added one to give the Eagles a 4-2 halftime lead.

Emily Sherwood scored with 21: 52 left to make it a one-goal game, then Evans gave Centennial a 5-2 lead with 21: 36 remaining. But the Golden Bears' defense, led by Sarah Walker and Andrea Feldstein, kept the Eagles off the board.

"The key to our game is defense, and our defense was good all over the field," Walker said. "They definitely stepped up in the second half."

Lindsay Buckingham pulled Hammond within one with 10: 25 left, and Katie Fink tied the scored with 6: 37 remaining. Stacy Umberger, with an assist from Fink, scored the game-winner with 4: 47 left.

"They earned themselves a big win and should be proud," Walker said. "They worked really hard as a team."

Added Donohue: "We needed a win to boost our confidence, especially with Mount Hebron coming up on Tuesday."

Scorpions get first win

Oakland Mill's softball team earned its fist victory of the season last Friday, topping winless Hammond, 3-2.

"It was a really good game by both teams," said Oakland Mills coach Jon Brown. "I was really proud of the way our girls played defensively. If we play like that we can be in games."

Oakland Mills sophomore pitcher Maureen Thornton allowed only two hits, and was able to get out of tough jams in the early innings. Thornton walked three in the first, walked two in the second and walked one and hit two batters in the third.

Hammond left three runners on in the first, two in the second and three in the third. The Golden Bears scored one run in the third.

"She didn't have her good stuff early, but she settled in after that," Brown said of Thornton.

Oakland Mills, which defeated Hammond last season for its only victory, scored three times in the sixth inning. Holly St. Clair had an RBI single, her second hit of the game, and Crisi Suarez's second hit scored St. Clair to tie the game. Suarez scored the game-winner on a wild pitch.

Thornton survived a tough seventh inning as well. She hit a batter and gave up a single, walk and wild pitch that led to Hammond's second run. It also put runners on second and third with none out. She struck out the next two batters, and got a groundout to end the game.

"She really stepped up, especially with the two strikeouts," Brown said.


River Hill remained the only unbeaten boys' team with a 3-2 victory last Friday at Mount Hebron.

The Hawks' three doubles teams all won to provide the victory. The No. 1 doubles team of Brian Pryse and Ben Mueller are unbeaten this season, as is the No. 3 team of Colin Brightfield and Matt Langan. The No. 2 team of Cliff Jackson and Dan Rapp have lost once.

Britt Boras, River Hill's top singles player, has lost three times, and No. 2 singles Eric Buchner lost for the first time against Mount Hebron.

Wilde Lake is the only unbeaten girls' team thanks to River Hill's 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten Mount Hebron.

The Vikings were without No. 1 singles player Katie Long for the second straight match. Long sprained her right ankle against Atholton last Monday, but is expected back this week.

River Hill's two singles players, Kristin Manglitz and Devon Humphries, won as did its third doubles team of Elizabeth Kenez and (alternate) Carly Abramson. Manglitz won in a tie-breaker, and Kenez and Abramson won, 9-7.

The doubles teams of Jenny Long and Tina Prehuzic and Sarah Smith and Tricia Coburn earned victories for Mount Hebron.

Two boys' players are unbeaten this season, and they meet tomorrow when Wilde Lake plays host to Mount Hebron. Wilde Lake senior Ari Zweig, the county defending champion who will play next season at the University of Delaware, will go against freshman Rohan Nabar, who was ranked in Florida before moving to Howard County.

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