Hereford earns title share

Bulls have goal disallowed in 2nd OT vs. B-CC in final

Class 2A field hockey

November 11, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Hereford field hockey team won the Class 2A championship yesterday afternoon, but not quite in the way they had envisioned.

The fifth-ranked Bulls and perennial power Bethesda-Chevy Chase played to a 1-1 draw before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at Goucher College and were named co-champions. But many of Hereford's players believed they earned more than that.

With 5:40 remaining in the second overtime period, Hereford senior forward Mary O'Brien thought she had redirected a pass from senior defender Ellie Pitz past B-CC goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg to give her team the title outright. As the Hereford reserves began to rush the field in celebration, the officials ruled O'Brien did not touch the ball. Since Pitz's hit came from outside the shooting circle, the goal was disallowed.

Hereford coach Tammy Mundie did not put up much of a protest at the time, but afterward she expressed her disappointment.

"She clearly touched the ball to me," Mundie said. "She knows she touched the ball. It should have been a goal. I saw it, but you don't always believe what you see when you're 50 yards away. But she knows what she felt on her stick. She redirected the ball. It was obvious to me that she got her stick on it."

Not surprisingly, B-CC coach Amy Wood did not agree.

"It was outside the circle," Wood said. "They didn't touch it. They certainly didn't touch a single thing. If it were inside the circle, they would've fought it. They didn't, they just went and took the 16-yard hit. No one touched it inside the circle."

Hereford (12-3-3) was awarded its third state championship and second in the past four years. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (13-2-2) won its eighth consecutive state title and 11th overall. The eight straight state titles for the Barons is a national field hockey record. The Barons shared the previous record of seven with Frank W. Cox High of Virginia Beach (Va.) from to 1989 to 1995.

Both teams had numerous serious scoring opportunities, but both goalies played remarkably. Hereford outshot B-CC 19-14, but of those 19 shots, Schlossberg stopped 16. Hereford senior goalie Christina Restivo turned aside 13 shots.

The Barons opened the scoring on their first shot of the game with 22:24 left in the first half. Midfielder Katie Lee fed Alexis Fleming from outside the shooting circle, and Fleming beat Restivo.

Hereford had several chances to tie it before it finally did with 23:24 to play in regulation. Senior forward Kitt Turnbaugh redirected a pass from junior midfielder Sarah Tracey for her ninth goal of the season.

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