Field Hockey State Finals

High Schools

November 07, 2003|By Katherine Dunn and Glenn P. Graham

Tomorrow

(All games at University of Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex)

Class 2A

No. 6 Hereford (16-1-1) vs. Rising Sun (12-4)

Time: 11 a.m.

Outlook: The Bulls are looking for their fourth state title, but they also would like to win one outright after tying Pocomoke for the 1A crown in 1998 and Bethesda-Chevy Chase for the 2A crown in 2001. The last time the Bulls won an outright title was in 1979. To win, Tammy Mundie's Bulls must defeat a second 2002 champ within a week. They needed a shootout to beat last year's Class 3A champ, South Carroll. The Tigers, from Cecil County, shared the 1A title a year ago. The Baltimore County champs have a high scoring team, posting 69 goals and led by Brianna Ryan (13 goals, 12 assists). The defense, anchored by Maryland-bound Samantha Sebastian, has allowed only eight goals. The Tigers, who have scored 34 goals, are led by Ashly Meehan (14, 3). The two have only one common opponent, North East, with whom the Tigers split during the regular season and beat, 3-0, in the regionals. The Bulls won, 4-0.

Class 3A

No. 2 Severna Park (17-1) vs. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (15-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: This championship game showcases the two most prominent programs in the state - the Falcons have a Maryland-best 13 state crowns while the Barons from Montgomery County have 12. Bethesda, winners of nine straight state titles, moved up a classification this season after capturing the Class 2A crown last fall with a win over Towson. The Falcons are returning to the state title game for the first time in three years after falling the past two seasons in the South region final game to Fallston. A junior-dominated attack has led the Falcons to a program-best 95 goals this season. Sam Price (20 goals, 10 assists), Kellie West (20, 9) and Abbi Horn (16, 11) provided all the goals in a 4-0 win over Calvert in the semifinal game on Monday. The Barons, who knocked off Fallston, 3-1, in the other semifinal, have posted 11 shutouts on the season, led by Cornell-bound goalie Lizzie Goldblatt. The teams have met on six occasions, including three state final games in the mid-80s. The Falcons won the first two times (1986, 1987) before the Barons came back to win their first state crown in 1988. More recently, the teams have met at Roland Park's Sally E. Nyborg Invitational with the Falcons coming away with a 2-1 win in 1999, the Barons coming back for a 3-0 win in 2000 followed by a 0-0 tie in 2002.

Class 1A

Time: 4 p.m.

Opponents: Poolesville (13-2) vs. Pocomoke (13-3)

Class 4A

Time: 6 p.m.

Opponents: Quince Orchard (13-3) vs. Springbrook (14-2)

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