S. River defends 4A crown in 3-0 win

Field hockey

High Schools


COLLEGE PARK -- The defending Class 4A champion South River field hockey team came to last night's title game with plenty of incentive, first and foremost keeping its crown.

A close second for the Seahawks was another chance at the last team to beat them in state play, Springbrook, which eliminated them in the 2003 semifinals and went on for its only state crown.

A fast start produced a first-half goal for the Seahawks, who turned to their trusted defense and a strong finishing kick to come away with a 3-0 win against the Blue Devils from Montgomery County for their third state title in five years.

Adrienne Hunt provided the game-winner 13 minutes into the game off a feed in front by Abigail McNair, who scored in the second half to help the Seahawks finish at 16-3-1. Senior Molly Gregoire added a goal in the final minute.

"We wanted to score right away - that was our goal tonight - score quick, score often, so we started out with a bang and in the end it was good we finished out that way," South River first-year coach Katie Corcoran said.

Quicker to the ball and more skilled with it, the Seahawks controlled play from the onset.

Last night, senior captain Kelly Patterson, junior Heather Bresnahan and sophomore Hope Battista had Springbrook's scoring circle covered, leaving sophomore goalie Virginia Jorden to make just one save.

The Blue Devils (14-3) got their best chance in the last two minutes of the first half when leading scorer Lauren Kessler was temporarily free with the ball on the left side. But Bresnahan was quick to recover to break up the chance before a shot could get off.

"It feels great and it's awesome to be the first team in South River history to have back-to-back state titles," Patterson said. "It was staying intense - even when we were winning and just going hard every minute."

Parkside 2, Patuxent 0 -- The Rams (15-4) from Wicomico County got a first-half goal from junior Katy Lamboni and an insurance goal from her younger sister, Stacey, a freshman, in the second half to capture their first state title in the Class 2A final.


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