Towson's 7th shutout in row results in tie with St. Paul's

In 0-0 game, IAAM rule of no OT comes into play

High Schools

Field hockey

October 03, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After yesterday's field hockey game at St. Paul's, Towson defender Emily Kolarik couldn't help but think that if the game had been played at Towson, someone might have won.

"If we had played on our field, we would have played overtime," said Kolarik, after the No. 2 Generals battled No. 6 St. Paul's to a 0-0 tie. "We were sort of sorry we couldn't play overtime, because the rules are different."

While Baltimore County games go into overtime, Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland games do not. In cross-league games, the host team's rules prevail.

Still, Kolarik and the Generals (6-0-2) weren't terribly disappointed with the tie, which was also their seventh straight shutout since a season-opening 1-1 tie at No. 3 Bryn Mawr.

"It's a good tie," Kolarik said, "because last year, we lost 2-5 to St. Paul's, so it was a good comeback for us. Both teams played really well."

The Gators (5-2-1) had a similar reaction after the tense defensive struggle played mostly between the 25-yard lines. Towson managed only three shots - two of them saved by Gators goalie Elizabeth Jordan. The Gators took just two, both of which sailed wide.

There were a few other offensive opportunities, but both defenses proved up to the challenge. Towson's Kolarik, Alley Firey and Nat Murakoski thwarted several Gators' fast breaks while Danica Strutt, Allison Schindler and Jackie Blucher led a St. Paul's defense that held off several Towson surges into the circle during the final minutes.

"We were definitely evenly matched teams," said Strutt, a senior back. "Our defense has been playing together for a while, so that helps. Individually, every defender in the back is strong, and when we come together, we have good communication and we mark up well. I think their defense is pretty much the same."

Perhaps the key plays of the game came from Kolarik and Blucher in the final nine minutes.

Kolarik blocked a shot by Claire Edelen on a Gators' corner play with 8:38 left. Less than a minute later, Blucher beat Shannon Band to a perfect right-to-left crossing pass from Edelen that nearly set Band up one-on-one with Jordan about 3 yards from the cage.

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