Dulaney can't get by Q. Orchard in 1-0 loss

Kennedy goal holds up in rain-delayed contest

Class 4A field hockey

High Schools

November 07, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Dulaney's field hockey players put all they had into the final 26 minutes of their state Class 4A semifinal game, but it wasn't quite enough to send the No. 8 Lions into tomorrow's final.

Neither the Lions nor Quince Orchard scored yesterday, so the goal by Caitlin Kennedy on Wednesday held up as the game-winner in the Montgomery County team's 1-0 win. The game, at Centennial High, had been delayed from Wednesday because of thunderstorms, so the two teams picked up the action in the second half.

The Lions (15-3) boosted the level of their game, but so did the Cougars (13-3).

"The thing that's so frustrating is that we didn't even bring our A game [Wednesday]," said Lions defender Allie Lund. "Looking back at [Wednesday], we all wish that we would have come out as strong as we had today, but we didn't and you can't go back in time."

Neither team allowed the other much offense yesterday, but the Lions did have a couple of near-misses, including a shot from Ali Martin that sailed just wide of the cage with about three minutes to go in the game. Earlier, Greta Ostheller intercepted a free hit, drove it into the circle where Emily Norris crossed it untouched across the goal mouth and another Dulaney attacker fired it back but a little too wide.

"For them, it just must not have been in the cards, because they could have tied it up easily. They were extremely athletic, and I think our team was taking them lightly as if they had beaten them and they didn't give up on anything," said Cougars coach Jenna Siegel, whose team advances to meet Springbrook for the 4A crown tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

The Cougars also managed two shots in yesterday's continuation. Lund blocked one early on and goalie Laura Kay saved the other with about 12 minutes left against Lauren Kollecas' slow roller. The senior made a lunging stick save and, while lying on the ground, kept the ball out of the cage with her stick.

The Lions had hoped to bring the first state field hockey title to Dulaney since 1986 - the year most of the seniors were born, but coach Karen Casperite reminded them of what they had accomplished this season.

"When you come this far, you want it all," said Casperite, "but you have to look back at how far they came. Last year, they had four regular-season losses, they didn't even make it into the county championship, and they weren't even talked about in the paper. This year, we were a whole different team. Everybody just stepped back and said Dulaney's got something to offer. I told them they need to be most proud of what they've established and what the future holds for us."

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