Key falls late, 3-2, to first-year Catholic

Obezags rally to tie after 2-0 deficit at half, but record falls to 1-7

Field hockey

October 18, 2001|By Edward Lee | By Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If the Key School and Catholic field hockey teams played like squads hungry for their second wins of the season, that's because they were.

In the end, Catholic accomplished its mission on a goal from sophomore attack Jen Bolling with 6:24 left to edge the host Obezags, 3-2, in Annapolis yesterday.

The victory helped the Cubs improve to 2-3 overall and in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference - a notable mark since this is Catholic's first season of varsity field hockey.

"Every win is significant for this program," said Cubs coach Mary Ann Sattler. "The girls have worked very hard, and they practice their skills every day. It's nice to see it come together."

Although Catholic arrived about 15 minutes late, the Cubs took the initiative in the first half. Awarded a free hit near midfield, freshman midfielder Kaley Hymiller blasted the ball toward the Obezags' cage, where junior midfielder Kelley Rohde was perfectly positioned to redirect the ball into the right corner for a 1-0 lead with 16:23 left in the half.

Eight minutes later, Catholic extended its lead to 2-0. Junior attack Anne-Marie Sattler's shot was blocked by Key freshman goalie Molly Callanan, but junior attack Leslie Lipinski batted the rebound into the cage.

As dominant as the Cubs were in the first half, much of the second half belonged to the Obezags. After wasting seven penalty corners in the first 14 minutes of the period, Key got on the scoreboard when sophomore attack Becca Saunders pounced on a Catholic turnover in the circle and blasted a shot into the right corner to trim the lead to one with 15:46 left.

Three minutes later, Cubs senior goalkeeper Amber Napolitano (six saves) stopped a shot from sophomore attack March Bishop but yielded a rebound that sophomore midfielder Kristina Schrader wristed in to tie the score.

But with 6:24 left, Bolling converted a centering feed from Sattler that gave Catholic the lead for good. "I just wanted to get it in," Bolling said. "I pushed as hard as I could."

While the Obezags (1-7, 0-5) scored 40 percent of their season's output in one game, they were stymied by a lethargic first half.

"The kids were excited to play. We just had trouble getting the momentum going early," Key coach Pinky Slingluff said. "We seemed to get it together in the second half."

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