No. 1 NDP soccer aims to keep `A' game going

J. Carroll eyes crown, too

field hockey championship pits Spalding, St. Paul's

IAAM playoffs

High Schools

November 02, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham and Katherine Dunn | Glenn P. Graham and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Having claimed the No. 1 ranking from the start of the season, Notre Dame Prep's girls soccer team will try to bring home its first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown at 3 p.m. today when it takes on No. 5 John Carroll at Mount Washington Field.

Last year's runners-up, the Blazers (13-1) defeated three-time league champion St. Mary's, 3-1, in Thursday's semifinal to earn a second straight berth.

John Carroll, seeking its second conference crown, advanced with a 5-0 win over Seton Keough, and the Patriots are well aware of the challenge ahead. In the regular-season meeting, the Blazers came away with a 2-0 win on Oct. 10.

In the B Conference final, Severn will take on Frederick County's St. John's-Prospect Hall at 1 p.m.

The Admirals reached the final with Thursday's 3-2 semifinal win over Friends, which went into the game unbeaten in conference play. Emily Eckert scored two goals and had an assist while keeper Erin McCord turned away 13 shots.

The C Conference final is set for 10:30 a.m., with Park defending its crown against Towson Catholic.

Field hockey

Third-ranked Archbishop Spalding and No. 4 St. Paul's will meet at noon today for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship at Roland Park Country School.

The two battled to a 2-2 tie during the regular season and each needed extra time to emerge from Thursday's semifinals.

Spalding edged Notre Dame Prep, 2-1, in a shootout, thanks to scores by Katie Monaghan and Megan Jendrossek and a 17-save performance from sophomore goalie Marian Cassilly. The Gators slipped past No. 9 Garrison Forest, 2-1, in overtime on Megan Del Monte's breakaway goal.

Both teams have much at stake in today's final. The Cavaliers (15-0-3) are looking to preserve an unbeaten season and win their first IAAM hockey crown. The Gators (14-1-2) are a bit tired of settling for co-champion status, having tied Bryn Mawr and Roland Park, 0-0, in the past two title games.

In the B Conference final, which will follow at 2:15 p.m., Glenelg Country School goes after a fourth straight title against Oldfields, which won its last title in 1997.

Unbeaten against B Conference foes, the Dragons won the regular-season game, 4-1, with Oldfields a player down.

Thursday, the Dragons (11-2-3) used goals from Abbe Sandler and Ellie Atkins to beat St. Timothy's, 2-0, in the semifinal. Ashley Dowland's second-half goal gave Oldfields (8-5-3) a 1-0 semifinal win over Key School.

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