Fallston coach Puckett reaches 300-win mark

Third-ranked Cougars blank Bel Air, 2-0, in field hockey

Fall Sports

October 14, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,sun reporter

Fallston field hockey coach Alice Puckett earned her 300th career victory yesterday when the No. 3 Cougars defeated Harford County rival Bel Air, 2-0.

Puckett, who received flowers and a plaque commemorating the milestone, was pleased but also relieved to see it pass.

"I was hoping it would happen with this group, because they've been with me for three years, but I didn't want them to let it take over the game, just to let it happen," said Puckett, who has 13 seniors on the team.

"It's nice to be able to celebrate it with them and with [her daughter] Lindsey on the team, it's cool.

A three-time All-Metro Coach of the Year whose career record is 300-58-1, Puckett has guided the Cougars to nine state titles in 24 years.

She becomes the second Harford County coach to reach the 300-win milestone this fall after Bel Air coach Phyllis Hemmes.

Puckett began her career coaching junior varsity at Bel Air with Hemmes, who has a 302-136-35 record and one state title in 34 years with the Bobcats.

The area's all-time wins leader is Severna Park coach Lil Shelton at 443-50-8, which ranks in the top 10 nationally by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Yesterday, Gabby Antinozzi and Kathleen Tress scored the goals for the Cougars (11-1), as they outshot the host Bobcats 22-2. Lindsey Puckett had an assist.

Bel Air goalie Lauren Cooper made 20 saves for the Bobcats (3-8).

No. 8 Dulaney 0, Towson 0 -- Dulaney goalie Jenny Winders saved a penalty stroke by Megan McKenzie with about 2 1/2 minutes to go in the second overtime to preserve the scoreless tie. Even without a victory, the Lions (7-1-2, 6-0-1) clinched a berth in Thursday's Baltimore County championship game against Hereford, which tied for the title last season with Towson (5-5-2, 4-2-1).

No. 6 Bryn Mawr 1, No. 2 South River 0 -- The Mawrtians (11-3) grabbed the lead when Allie Emala took a corner from the right side and Peyton Hawkins gathered the pass at the left post to put it in the net. Abby Bisbee shut out the Seahawks (10-2), making five of her six saves in the second half to seal the upset for host Bryn Mawr.

Boys soccer

Eastern Tech 2, Parkville 1 -- Jeff Mascaro put the Mavericks up 2-0 in the 66th minute, but Danny Hutchins cut the deficit back to one just four minutes later. Goalie Ricky Willis (six saves) and the Eastern Tech defense thwarted a flurry of chances in the final minutes, including a pair of corner kicks, to ensure the win over the host Knights (4-4). Mike Sokolis scored the Mavericks' first goal to get the first-half lead.

Girls soccer

No. 13 Mount Hebron 3, Fallston 2 -- After playing a double-overtime game on Thursday, the Vikings (9-1-1) came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the visiting Cougars. Jess Giles tied the game on a pass from Kathryn Lally early in the second half. Lally made a penalty kick in the 63rd minute to put Mount Hebron on top for good.

No. 5 John Carroll 2, No. 7 C. Milton Wright 0 -- Jesse Hnatiuk and Kara Hannon each scored in the first half and the Patriots' defense shut down the Mustangs as John Carroll (12-2-1) prevailed on the road.

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