At 6-0, Bruins aim for playoffs

Field hockey team to face top schools


October 04, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Broadneck's fifth-ranked field hockey team is off to a 6-0 start, 5-0 in the Anne Arundel County League, through the weekend under first-year coach Jennifer Parks and could still be undefeated by the time the Bruins meet top-ranked Severna Park and No. 2 South River in back-to-back games this month.

Broadneck plays the top two teams on the road, visiting South River on Oct. 12 and Severna Park five days later. It will be Broadneck's opportunity to have something to say about the county race and ultimately the playoffs.

Juniors Lindsay Mitchell and Brigitte Strother are leading the Bruins in scoring with 12 points each. Senior goalie Alyssa Cranska has allowed only one goal and has 22 saves in six games.

Mitchell had five goals in two games last weekend and six in three games for the week. She had three goals in Friday's 5-1 victory over Arundel and the next day scored both goals in a 2-0 nonleague win over St. Mary's.

"Lindsay is on fire," Parks said. "She plays ice hockey and we affectionately call her `Ice.' She has incredible stick skills and speed to match."

Mitchell had nine goals and three assists through the weekend. Strother had 10 goals and two assists. Sophomore Lyndsi Jackson has four goals and five assists.

On a tear

Severna Park's football team won its 18th consecutive game against an Anne Arundel County opponent Friday with a 21-8 victory over Northeast. The Falcons won their last five county games in 2004, took nine straight last season, and have won their first four this year.

The Falcons, coached by J.P. Hines, have reeled off 13 consecutive regular-season wins. Their last county loss was to Old Mill, 30-28, on Oct. 1, 2004.

The record for consecutive regular-season wins over county opponents is 27 by Broadneck, and 28 overall, including postseason. The Bruins' record ran from the third game of 2002 until a last-second home loss, 29-27, to Severna Park in the 10th game of 2004.

Broadneck eclipsed the record of 22 in a row by Arundel (the only county school to post back-to-back undefeated regular seasons) under coach Buddy Hepfer from 1978 to the third game in 1980.

It takes a thief

Arundel junior John Holland has intercepted seven passes in his first four games, leaving him five shy of the county record of 12 by South River's Tommy Bresnahan in 1982.

The state record for interceptions, 15, is shared by two players - Edmondson's Dwayne Harvey (1984) and Forestville's Larry McClain (1995).

Holland had four interceptions against Chesapeake, tying the county single-game record set by Ahmed Middleton of Annapolis in 1990. With at least six games remaining, he has a shot at some big records, although it's likely teams will stop throwing his way.

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