Seeds fall in field hockey playoffs

Unranked opponents advance in three of four IAAM matches

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November 02, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference field hockey quarterfinals defied the rules of conventional bracketology yesterday, as three of the four top seeds went down to unranked opponents.

"I give Roland Park credit for sitting atop the [IAAM] conference all season long because every game is always a point here or a point there," said St. Mary's coach Ann Andrews after her team upset fourth-ranked (second seed) Archbishop Spalding, 2-1, yesterday.

Erin O'Donovan scored on a corner hit from Jessica Liberto at the end of the first half to give the unranked and No. 7 seed Saints the lead for good.

After losing to the Cavaliers twice during the season, the Saints were determined to prevail in the rubber match and prevent a third straight trip to the championship game for Spalding.

The upset marks the team's first appearance in the semifinals, where it will visit sixth seed Bryn Mawr tomorrow after the Mawrtians knocked off seventh-ranked (fourth seed) Garrison Forest, 1-0. Peyton Hawkins scored the lone goal just 10 minutes into the game on a Nina Emela assist.

Meanwhile, Keri Houser scored on an assist from Laney Rosson with 14 minutes remaining as visiting (fifth seed) Severn pulled off the 1-0 victory over ninth-ranked (third seed) St. Paul's, beating it for the second time in a week.

Severn will travel to No. 8 (top seed) Roland Park tomorrow at 3 p.m.

"Roland Park is the No. 1-seeded team for a reason, but it's tournament time and on any given day, it's anyone's game," said second year coach Jessica Burke. "We're going to roll with the intensity from this game and hopefully we'll pull off another upset."

More field hockey

No. 1 Severna Park 4, No. 14 River Hill 0 -- Hayley Rausch had a hat trick and Jill Puffenbarger also scored and had an assist to lead the host Falcons (17-1) over the Hawks in Class 3A East.

No. 2 Mount Hebron 3, Long Reach 1 -- Courtney Reardon scored twice to advance the Vikings (15-1) to the 3A East regional final against top-ranked Severna Park tomorrow. Mount Hebron lost to the Falcons last year in the regional final.

No. 5 South River 3, No. 11 Chesapeake-AA 1 -- Melissa Nelson scored two goals and Molly Gregoire had all three assists as the Hawks (13-3-1) rolled past the Cougars in Class 4A East. South River will travel to play Broadneck tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in the semifinals.

No. 6 Fallston 3, Bel Air 2 -- The visiting Bobcats trailed 2-1 with less than 13 minutes left when Krista Bupp scored to tie the game. Kim McDaniel's goal after a scramble in front of the net won the game for the Cougars in the second overtime period. They will visit Towson on Tuesday for the 3A North Final.

No. 10 Broadneck 3, Arundel 2 -- Megan Hollerbach had a goal and two assists for the host Bruins (12-2-1) in Class 4A East.

No. 15 Dulaney 2, Perry Hall 1 -- Kate Horsman scored the game-winner with four minutes remaining in overtime to lead the Lions (10-3) over the Gators. Dulaney will travel to C. Milton Wright at 3 p.m. tomorrow in Class 4A North.

Boys soccer

No. 10 Arundel 1, South River 0 -- Dave Cross scored on a pass from Jon McGowan eight minutes into overtime to defeat the visiting Seahawks in 4A East action. Arundel will host No. 13 Old Mill on Friday at 7:15 p.m. in the regional semifinals.

No. 14 C.M. Wright 4, Woodlawn 0 -- Kyle Bem and Matt Buechler scored first-half goals and Nick Alexander recorded his seventh shutout of the season for the visiting Mustangs (11-3). They will play the winner of Dulaney/Sherwood in the Class 4A North semifinals.

Overlea 4, Lansdowne 1 -- Sophomore Necho Spence had a goal and an assist and goalkeeper Justin Cherry made 17 saves as the host Falcons advanced in the 2A North playoffs. They will play Eastern Tech at home on Friday at 6 p.m.

Poly 3, Owings Mills 2 -- Myles Jackson scored the game-winner for the visiting Engineers (10-4) with two minutes left in Class 2A North.

Girls soccer

No. 3 Centennial 4, Aberdeen 1 -- Lilly Boleyn had a hat trick as the visiting Eagles (12-1-1) advanced in the Class 3A East quarterfinals.

No. 4 John Carroll 4, No. 13 IND 1 -- Melissa Gomes (two goals, one assist) and Allyson Carey (one goal, one assist) led the defending champion Patriots (12-6) past the Indians. Jess Vetock had 10 saves for visiting IND (14-8) in an IAAM A Conference quarterfinal. John Carroll will host Pallotti tomorrow at 3 p.m.

No. 8 Glenelg 9, McDonough 0 -- Amanda Feaga and Alissa Bourne each had two goals to lead the host Gladiators (10-4) over the Rams of Charles County. Glenelg will host Reservoir in the semifinals of Class 2A South.

No. 9 Perry Hall 8, Woodlawn 0 -- Christa Debole had two goals and an assist, and Jessica Kramer scored twice to advance the Panthers (11-1-1) to the 4A North regional semifinals on Friday.


No. 9 South River 3, No. 8 Severna Park 2 -- The visiting Seahawks advanced to the Anne Arundel County championship match by defeating the Falcons, 25-23, 22-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9. South River will face No. 2 Broadneck tomorrow at Severna Park at 7:15. The Bruins are undefeated in 11 league matches. South River finished 10-1 in the county behind Broadneck. The Falcons dropped to third with an 8-3 league record.

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