River Hill fights back, ousts Mt. Hebron, 1-0

Zanelotti's goal earns Hawks date at Sev. Park in semifinals Tuesday

Class 3A East field hockey

October 24, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

River Hill goalkeeper Suzy Herlihy had plenty of motivation to help the Hawks defeat Mount Hebron, 1-0, in yesterday's Class 3A East region field hockey quarterfinals in Clarksville.

Her team had lost 10 days ago to Mount Hebron, and Herlily, also her school's lacrosse goalkeeper, distinctly remembered losing last spring to the Vikings in that sport, as well.

"I hated losing to them in lacrosse," she said.

So when the Vikings earned a penalty stroke in yesterday's first half and seemed destined to take a 1-0 lead, Herlihy was determined to stop it.

"I closed my eyes and said to myself that I have to do this," said Herlihy, who opened them in time to stop the shot with her left hip.

That took some of the fire away from Mount Hebron, which had been playing well and with confidence, and helped lead to a win that sends the Hawks to play at No. 2-ranked Severna Park, the region's top seed, on Tuesday in the semifinals.

"We were in a good rhythm and outplayed them in the first half but couldn't get that rhythm back in the second half," said Vikings coach Jeannette Ireland."

Instead, River Hill (10-4-1 overall, 7-2-1 Howard County) caught fire in the second half and put repeated pressure on Mount Hebron goalkeeper Kristina Schweizer, who made two outstanding saves, one with a dive at the post.

But River Hill scored the only goal it needed with 11:47 left to play.

Midfielder Danielle Marcus took a free hit from outside the circle. Right inner Kate Hayne received it near the end line and hit it to forward Taylor Zanelotti, who knocked it into the goal near the right post.

"We lost to them [Oct. 14], and winning is a lot sweeter," said Zanelotti.

Mount Hebron (8-6-1, 7-3) entered the playoffs on a hot streak, having won six of its past seven games.

"There's no doubt Mount Hebron is excellent and gave us a tough game. They have skill," said Hawks coach Shelly Chamness. "We've been working a lot on our shooting, and we passed well and moved it into the circle. Kate Hayne did a good job of that. The first time we played them, we didn't play with heart. This time we stepped it up in the second half."

"Our defense played as a team today," said Caitlyn Glascock, the Hawks' sweeper. "We were where we should be and communicated with the goalkeeper, and our free hits to the offense were on."

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