Championship berths at stake

Positioning up for grabs in girls soccer, hockey


High Schools

October 16, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Games don't get much bigger than three of today's girls games, which could determine who plays for Baltimore County championships in field hockey and soccer.

At Loch Raven at 3:45 p.m., the No. 11 Raiders play No. 12 Hereford for the chance to meet No. 2 Towson in Thursday's field hockey championship, which will feature the top two teams in the Heron Division.

The Bulls (7-2-2) are 7-1-1 in the division and will try to hold off upstart Loch Raven (9-2, 8-1), which lost its first division game to Towson last week, 2-1, in double overtime.

The Generals (10-0-2) are 8-0 in the division with two games remaining. Even if they lose both, which seems unlikely since neither is against a contender, they would still be in the final.

In girls soccer, championship berths are up for grabs in a pair of 6:30 games tonight: No. 11 Parkville at No. 15 Perry Hall and Dulaney at Hereford. The girls soccer final pits the Division I winner against the Division II winner on Oct. 23.

Both Perry Hall and Parkville remain unbeaten in Division I. Perry Hall (9-0-1, 6-0) can win the division outright with a victory over No. 11 Parkville (9-1, 5-0). If Parkville wins, the Knights still have to beat Patapsco (which Perry Hall beat, 6-0) before they can claim the division.

Dulaney (7-3, 5-0) is the only team remaining unbeaten in Division II and could all but clinch the division with a victory at Hereford. The Lions, who shared the county championship with Hereford last fall, would have to get past Dundalk Thursday to seal the top spot in the division.

A win for Hereford (9-2-1, 4-1) could create a three-way tie with Loch Raven (7-3, 5-1) also in on the action.

Mawrtians top BCC

Finishing has been a problem lately for Bryn Mawr's No. 10-ranked field hockey team. The Mawrtians had scored just one goal in the five games leading up to Saturday's showdown with Bethesda-Chevy Chase, one of the state's public school powerhouses and winners of seven straight state championships.

On Saturday, however, one goal was enough to put away the Barons. Completing a fine first-half passing series, Molly Gilbert scored on an assist from Julia Perciasepe for a goal that held up, giving the Mawrtians a 1-0 victory over the visiting Barons.

That time the attack worked perfectly, said Gilbert, a sophomore forward.

"Norris Novak brought it down on the wing and hit it to Julia, who hit it to me in the circle. I dodged the goalie and put it in the right corner," said Gilbert.

The four-time defending private schools champion Mawrtians (6-3-4) dominated the Barons with 12 shots on goal while Bryn Mawr goalie Karrie Moore had to make only one save.

"We feel pretty good, even though our last couple games were ties, that we scored," said Mawrtians coach Jeanette Budzik, whose team tied McDonogh, 1-1, Friday after being shut out four straight times.

"It's been a little frustrating," said Gilbert. "We were really just not getting up there [in the circle] and we've been really working on a lot of things. This was a really big win for us; hopefully, this will help us build back up."

Patriots prevail

John Carroll's boys volleyball team takes a 12-0 record into today's 5 p.m. game at defending Harford County champ Bel Air, a team the Patriots defeated earlier in four games. With a win, the Patriots can wrap up their 10th Harford County championship, according to 15th-year coach Herb Simon.

Simon said outside hitters Kevin Lindemann (a team-high 69 kills) and Tim Beck (57 kills) handle 95 percent of the passing. He calls setter Brendan Smith, who has 219 assists, "the engine that makes the Patriots go."

Middle hitters are Matt Muir (6 feet 5 inches) and Corey Turner (6-4), the latter of whom has an 11-foot, 3-inch spike height. Muir has 53 kills and Turner, 40. Simon calls Jason Botzler "a good blocker, passer and all-around player."

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