Storms force suspension of semifinals

S. River, Dulaney pick up efforts in 2nd half today

Class 4A field hockey

High Schools

November 06, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Thunderstorms and a tornado warning yesterday afternoon forced officials to postpone the conclusions of Class 4A state semifinal field hockey games involving No. 5 South River and No. 8 Dulaney.

Both games will pick up where they left off in the second half at 2:45 today - South River and Springbrook in a 1-1 tie at Wilde Lake with 22:10 left to play and Quince Orchard leading Dulaney, 1-0, with 26:10 remaining at Centennial.

The thunderstorms that rolled through Howard County at around 3:30 p.m., as well as a tornado warning in nearby Montgomery County, forced officials to stop action and send everyone indoors.

Officials at Centennial watched lightning continue to flash until 4 p.m. They had planned to pick up the game at 4:30, but as teams headed toward the field, more thunder rumbled. After waiting another half-hour, it was decided there wouldn't be enough time to complete the game before dark.

Dulaney coach Karen Casperite said she didn't think the postponement would affect her team.

"Our girls are fine with it because they are really able to rebound very easily, pump themselves up and get themselves ready," Casperite said.

"I think, for them, this is going to make them look at it as a new day, a new game and a new shot at it. Being down one, they can restart themselves and get fired up."

South River took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Lauren Disharoon before the Blue Devils tied the score on a goal by Jada Richardson minutes before play was suspended in the second half.

Sun staff writer Glenn P. Graham contributed to this article.

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