St. Paul's holds off Spalding's late threat

No. 7 Cavs miss corner as No. 3 Gators win, 3-2

Field hockey

High Schools

September 10, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For most of the first half, the St. Paul's field hockey team appeared headed for a certain win at Archbishop Spalding yesterday. The No. 3 Gators took a two-goal lead by halftime, but they headed home breathing a sigh of relief.

The Gators escaped with a 3-2 victory when No. 7 Spalding failed to convert a penalty corner after time ran out in their Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference match.

Christina Boarman gave the Gators a 3-1 lead with 15:20 left, but Shannon Rainey's goal cut that lead to one in the final 53 seconds.

Spalding coach Leslee Brady called timeout to stop the clock, but the Cavaliers still had to work quickly and managed to force a penalty corner in the waning seconds. Penalty corners are played out, so the Cavaliers had one last chance to force overtime.

The corner pass went to Megan Jendrossek, who had already scored one goal on a corner play, but Jendrossek drew a crowd of defenders. She passed to Christy Konrad on her left for a shot that a St. Paul's defender blocked. The Gators quickly moved the ball out of the striking circle to end the game.

"It was scary, but I think we played it out really well," said Gators defender Ashley Holofcener. "The hustle of our team was what determined the winner of that game."

And not just on the final play.

Early on, the Cavaliers (3-1, 1-1 conference) often seemed a step behind the Gators (2-0, 2-0), who got on the board twice in the first 18 minutes thanks to goals from Sarah Seats and Hayward Sawers.

After that, the Cavaliers took a few shots on a handful of penalty corners, but they didn't really come alive until later. On the first play of the second half, Spalding burst downfield, and Rainey barely missed connecting with Tara Restly's pass across the circle.

"That was definitely a boost in confidence," Jendrossek said. "We knew we had to score and we were fired up. We were like mad and we wanted to score so bad and we did. I'm really proud of them, because they stepped it up big-time in the second half."

Boarman, an All-Metro forward, scored the game-winner on a penalty corner. Cavaliers goalie Marian Cassilly stopped her initial shot, but Boarman converted the rebound.

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