Sev. Park is region titlist

Falcons bounce No. 2 Mount Hebron, 4-1

C.M. Wright, Fallston, N. Carroll move on

Field hockey

High Schools


In capturing 22 region titles on its way to 14 state championships, the top-ranked Severna Park field hockey team has come across and successfully dealt with potential stumbling blocks.

In yesterday's Class 3A East region title game against visiting and No. 2 Mount Hebron, the Falcons once again showed poise over panic when the time called for it.

After seeing their two-goal halftime lead cut to one in the opening minute of the second half, the Falcons controlled play the rest of the way to take a 4-1 win.

With two goals from sophomore Hayley Rausch, a goal and an assist from Melanie Pettit and a collectively strong defensive effort, the Falcons (17-1) made it 23 region titles and another trip to the state semifinals on Monday. The Falcons will face North Carroll.

"Before the game, we talked about knowing that they would score, you just have to think that no matter how many goals they score you've got to keep playing. It only takes a minute to score and they did it right off the bat [in the second half] so we can do it too," said senior Tara Gardner, who scored the Falcons' second goal.

After goals from Rausch and Gardner gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead, the Vikings (15-2) found hope when senior Sarah Cates pounced on a chance in front to cut the deficit to 2-1. But the Falcons stayed the course and got goals from Pettit and Rausch to move on to the state semifinals.

Mount Hebron coach Jeanette Ireland was proud of her senior-oriented team's fine season, impressed with the play of Severna Park and disappointed with the officiating in yesterday's game, pointing out a penalty corner the Falcons were awarded that led to their third goal.

It's the second straight year the Vikings' season came to an end at Severna Park.

"It's very hard to win here. I just wish the officials wouldn't take the game out of our hands," she said.

Class 4A North -- Brittany Paulshock came off the bench to score midway through the first half as C. Milton Wright edged No. 15 Dulaney, 1-0, for its second straight Class 4A North region championship in Bel Air. Just a minute after Mustangs coach Dana Ferguson called a timeout and brought Paulshock into the game, Mary Waller took the ball down the right side and crossed it to the near post. A Dulaney defender played the ball, but Paulshock was there to fire the ball into the far corner with 16:09 left in the half. "Erin Flaherty was blocking the goalie out," said Waller, "and Brittany was where she needed to be on the post. She was there at the right time, she hit it in - perfect left wing play." Dulaney (10-4) dominated the early going, but after that, the Lions managed few scoring opportunities thanks to a tough Mustangs defense led by Erin Lolley. The Lions had a few goal-line stands of their own, including one against a penalty corner less than four minutes after the goal. The Mustangs (13-2-1) took two shots, but Kathryn Shaughnessy blocked one and goalie Jenna Norris saved the other. "They scored the first time they came into our circle," Lions coach Karen Casperite said. "We dominated the first 10 minutes, I just feel like we didn't have our rhythm [yesterday]. When you're not on and you're not connecting with one another, it's hard to make things happen."

Class 3A North -- Katie Schroeder scored the game-winner with 11:38 left in the game as visiting No. 6 Fallston (14-4) edged Towson, 1-0 (12-5-1). Fallston faces the winner of LaPlata/Northern-Calvert in the state semifinal on Wednesday at Howard at 2:45.

Class 3A West -- Megan Sainz scored the game-winner with 13:29 left in the first half for host No. 12 North Carroll (14-1) in a 1-0 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Class 2A North -- Mary Katharine Wittelsberger scored twice and had an assist to power host Hereford (10-3-2) over Loch Raven (11-5-1) in a 3-1 win. Hereford faces Patuxent at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the state semifinal.

Class 1A West -- Allison Gost was the first of seven single-goal scorers with 11:11 left in the first half as Poolesville shut out Pikesville, 7-0. The Falcons (10-3) have gone to the state final three years in a row. The Panthers finished 5-8-1.

Class 4A East -- Stephanie Peterson scored the game-winner with 17 seconds left to lift visiting South River over Broadneck, 2-1. The host Bruins took a 1-0 lead with 3:28 left in the game. Abigail McNair scored the game-tying goal with 1:10 left for the Seahawks (14-3-1). South River plays Churchill in the state semifinals on Monday or Wednesday.

Sun reporter Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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