No. 2 Towson edges Loch Raven in 2OT

10-0-2 Generals earn spot in Baltimore Co. title game

Field hockey

High Schools

October 12, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Shannon Band had several chances to connect with her Towson teammates' crisp crossing passes early in yesterday's game against Loch Raven, but she could never get a stick on one.

The junior forward made up for that in overtime.

Camped on the left post, Band deflected home a pass from Lisa Simmonds high on the circle to give the No. 2 Generals a 2-1 victory over Loch Raven in double overtime.

"I was getting really frustrated," said Band, "because in the game, I missed several of the cross passes. All my adrenaline came out on that shot."

Band's goal not only broke a tie in the game, but it guarantees the Generals a berth in Thursday's Baltimore County championship, which features the top two teams in the tough Heron Division.

The Generals improve to 10-0-2 overall and 8-0 in the Heron Division. They have two division games left, neither against a contender.

Loch Raven (9-2) falls to 8-1 in the division. The Raiders could force a rematch with the Generals in the county final if they defeat No. 11 Hereford in Tuesday's regular-season finale. A Hereford win would put the Bulls (7-2-2, 7-1-1) in the title game.

Yesterday, the visiting Raiders rattled the Generals, who had shut out 10 straight opponents, by taking the lead on their only shot of the game. On a nicely executed corner play early in the second half, Jen Feris deflected in a Courtney Cordell pass.

Towson regrouped in time to tie at 1-1 with 7:47 left in regulation. Hayley Mershon scored on a corner play when she redirected a drive from her sister, Whitney.

The Generals, who had a 20-3 advantage in corners and outshot the Raiders, 14-1, took four shots in the first 10-minute overtime, played with seven players on each side.

Jocelyn Paul nailed a shot off the post in the first overtime, but Band hit the game-winner just 1:32 into the second sudden-death overtime.

No. 11 Hereford 0, No. 12 Dulaney 0, 2 OT: This Heron Division matchup couldn't have been more even through the entire 80 minutes of play. Both goalies - Hereford's Christina Restivo and Dulaney's Laura Kay - made 15 saves.

The tie, however, knocked Dulaney, which tied Catonsville for the county title last season, out of contention as the Lions (8-2-1) drop to 6-2-1 in the division.

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