Leaf's OT goal gives Glenelg county title, 3-2

Field hockey

October 20, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Extra time was needed to decide Howard County's inaugural field hockey championship game yesterday at Centennial and it was Glenelg junior forward Rachael Leaf who was at the right place at the right time.

Leaf's goal in front - coming late in the first 10-minute overtime period and off an assist by fellow junior Kristy Black - sent the Gladiators home with a 3-2 win that avenged an overtime loss to the No. 15 Eagles during the regular season.

Senior forward Kyle Evans scored two goals during regulation to give the Gladiators a 2-1 lead before Centennial junior Sarah Parks evened the score at 2-2 with 8:54 to play in the second half.

Unlike the teams' first meeting, when Parks tied the game and then scored the game-winner in overtime, the Gladiators had the final answer.

Glenelg improves to 9-4-2 overall, while Centennial, which went 10-0 in county play during the regular season, falls to 13-2 overall.

"We were so fired up," Evans said. "This game was a lot more intense [than any regular season games] and we wanted to win to be the first team to win one. And considering it was against one of our biggest rivals, we wanted to win even more."

Glenn Graham

No. 9 Dulaney 1, No. 14 Hereford 0 -- Dulaney wanted to make a statement all season that it was the top team in Baltimore County, and the Lions left little doubt about that after capturing the county championship with a win over Hereford at Towson University. Kristen Horsman's goal off a penalty stroke with 11:39 left in the first half was the difference for Dulaney, which then clamped down on the Bulls' attack to preserve the win. It was the second time this season that Horsman, who was first-team All-Baltimore County last season, has scored the winning goal against the Bulls. "Initially, I said `Oh my gosh, what if I miss,' but then I just kind of forgot and did my normal routine," Horsman said about the goal. "It took us awhile to get used to the surface because this is the first time we played on turf in about two years." Hereford (9-3-1, 7-2) spent the majority of the game in the Dulaney offensive third of the field, stringing together three or four passes to build the attack. However, two Dulaney defenders, senior Holly Batton and sophomore Megan Halliday, managed to come away with a steal or deflection each time Hereford got close to their goal. "The girls went out there and they were just super excited," Dulaney coach Karen Masoner said. "They just played their hearts out and just used each other." Hereford outshot Dulaney 12-10, and mounted a late, spirited rally led by Mary Katharine Wittelsberger, who was first-team All-Baltimore County last season, but they could not find an answer for the defense of Dulaney (8-1-2, 8-0-1). Hereford tied Towson for a share of the county championship last season. "We dominated before [in the regular-season meeting], but that doesn't always get you the win," Hereford coach Tammy Mundie said. "We definitely played strong, but maybe it was the depth of the field, or width of the field, it was a little bit of an adjustment to make the connections tonight."

Todd Karpovich

No. 2 Fallston 2, Bohemia Manor 0 -- Lindsey Puckett and Natalie Rau scored first-half goals to give Fallston a victory over Bohemia Manor in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship game at Edgewood. Fallston (13-1) has won two consecutive UCBAC championships. The Cougars also beat Bohemia Manor in last year's title game. Fallston has won 13 consecutive games since losing its season opener to No. 4 Bryn Mawr. The Cougars' next game will be at home, in Thursday's Class 3A North regional second-round game against Edgewood or Bel Air. The Cougars took the 2-0 lead in the first half and never had any trouble. Fallston did not allow a shot on goal. "I think we did a really nice job." Fallston coach Alice Puckett said.

Jeff Seidel

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