Fallston hits 3A state final

Comegys' goal after nearly 34 scoreless minutes ousts Northern

Field hockey

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November 10, 2005|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fallston dominated yesterday's Class 3A state semifinal game with Northern of Calvert County. The Cougars constantly pressured Northern and came up with numerous scoring chances.

But No. 5 Fallston needed nearly 34 minutes to break through. That's when Paige Comegys converted a timely pass from Lindsey Puckett to help the Cougars pull out a 1-0 victory over Northern at Howard High.

The win gave Fallston (15-4) a chance at its 10th state title and a date with top-ranked Severna Park in Tuesday's championship game in College Park at 7 p.m. Severna Park scored a shootout victory over No. 4 North Carroll on Monday to earn its spot.

Fallston controlled play from the start against Northern (15-2). The Patriots outscored opponents, 57-5, during the season, but the Cougars constantly pushed them back. Fallston came up with several good shots and forced goalie Anne Anderson (12 saves) to make one spectacular stop after another.

The Cougars also needed to stay focused as officials waved off two goals they apparently scored in the first half. One was ruled outside the arc and the second in the final 10 seconds of the first half was called off for being a dangerous shot.

"I was a little concerned," Fallston coach Alice Puckett said. "But I thought we played very strong, and I thought we passed the ball exceptionally well."

The passing paid off in the second half. Fallston fired a lot of long shots at Anderson in the first half but moved the ball more after the break. That's when Puckett made a quick pass from near the right post across to Comegys, who tapped it into the open cage with 26:01 remaining.

"There really weren't many defenders [near] me," Comegys said. "I just pushed it in."

The Cougars kept up the pressure and finished with a 12-0 edge in shots on goal and a 15-2 advantage in corner hits. Fallston goalie Megan Sadowski barely touched the ball and didn't make a save.

Northern's best offensive push came in the final four minutes when the Patriots came up with their only corner hits. But they couldn't do much as Fallston eventually cleared the ball and ran out the clock.

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