Seats' goal at :39 lifts St. Paul's past Roland Park in quarterfinals

Garrison Forest, Spalding and NDP also advance

IAAM field hockey

October 29, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

With less than a minute left in yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference quarterfinal field hockey game, St. Paul's coach Annie Morse said, her team was getting ready for overtime.

After all, the last time the No. 4 Gators played Roland Park in the conference tournament was a year ago in the final, a game that ended in a tie.

Gators sophomore Sarah Seats, however, made sure yesterday's game ended in regulation. As Lizzie Schwarcz sent a low cross through the circle, Seats waited in front of the goal and tipped the ball into the cage with 39 seconds left for a 2-1 Gators victory.

"This was a really big win," Morse said. "Being seeded No. 1 going into the tournament can be a blessing and a curse. Sometimes, it makes you think you deserve to make it to the championship, and we realized today that we had to work hard to get there. Roland Park was willing to work hard, too."

Roland Park's Katie Atkins tied the score at 1 with 10:09 left, answering Christina Boarman's goal in earlier in the second half.

In tomorrow's semifinals, the Gators (13-1-2) play host to Garrison Forest, the only team they lost to this season.

No. 9 Garrison Forest 1, No. 12 Bryn Mawr 0: Kirby Houck scored on a breakaway with a perfect shot from the right side to the left post late in the second half as the host Grizzlies (12-4-3) edged the Mawrtians (10-5-4) in an A Conference quarterfinal.

The Mawrtians, who got 17 saves from goalie Tara Rubenstein, had two fast breaks thwarted by the Grizzlies' defense in the final minute.

No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 2, Park 1: Katie Monaghan and Erin Kelly scored within a minute of each other midway through the second half to lift the Cavaliers (14-0-3) to victory in an A Conference quarterfinal game at Spalding.

Tara Gelb added a goal for Park (6-6-2) with four minutes left.

The Cavaliers play host to Notre Dame Prep in tomorrow's 3 p.m. semifinal.

Notre Dame Prep 3, No. 13 Severn 1: The Blazers scored three goals in the final 6:22 of the first half and went on to surprise the host Admirals (9-5-1).

Jamie Hanssen scored two goals and Maria Brooks the other for the Blazers (8-4-3). Emily Mason scored the Admirals' goal.

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